Facial skin is the most delicate and sensitive, and needs the most attention to keep it healthy. Our facial skin is exposed to a lot of unwanted particles: dirt, pollution, and the harsh rays of the sun. Thus, we use a large number of products available in the market, to ensure that we are taking proper care of our skin.
Make sure you are not Overbuffing
Regular exfoliation sweeps away dead surface cells and makes the skin more receptive to moisturizers. Experts warn, however, that overdoing it can strip away the skin’s protective layer. This can leave the complexion red, inflamed and prone to premature ageing. If you don’t have a layer to lock in moisture, the skin can become dehydrated and fine lines more apparent. The wrong product or frequent use of chemical peels can also back fire. Always see a reputable therapist and if you’re using an off-the-shelf product, always choose a mild option.
Layering beauty products
It is common for women to combine a spectrum of chemically loaded anti-wrinkle serums with gentler organic creams as a part of their daily routine, but for some this could confuse your skin. Ingredients from one brand may react with another and cause inflammation or “holes”, in the top protective layer, thus allowing ageing substances into the skin. Treating several problems with different brands at the same time can also cause negative reactions. The ingredients could be either too harsh together or incompatible. For example, retinol (used in high-end anti-ageing creams) cannot be mixed with acids such as Vitamin C or glycolic acid, as it will be broken down and won’t be effective at treating wrinkles.
Know if your skin needs toning or cleansing
Toners are meant to help remove the residue of cleansing products, but if your skin is anything other than oily, then it can be excessively drying. Toners were traditionally formulated to remove excess cleanser, but they tend to reduce skin hydration, which causes the complexion to look older. However, cleansers have dramatically improved over the years, so most can easily be rinsed away with water, while preserving the optimum level of skin hydration.
Not being sun care savvy
Most of us are well versed in the effects of cumulative sun exposure on the skin, daily moisturizer plus SPF doesn’t hit the spot. UVB rays can burn, while UVA rays penetrate deeper into the skin and contribute to ageing. Don’t just rely on high SPF, which indicates protection against burning UVB rays; invest in a high quality sunscreen which offers the highest UVA defense and use it all year round.
Is “Going green” more effective
It’s now modish to jump on the organic bandwagon, but there’s no proof that these products are any better. Just because a product is organic doesn’t mean it is right for your skin. Certain essential oils, especially those with a strong fragrance such as lavender, can cause allergic reactions. Even Vitamin C can irritate sensitive skin, and that can accelerate ageing. The effectiveness of organic sunscreens is also questionable, because of the ethos behind such formulations. A majority of non-organic UV filters cannot be used, so they don’t provide an optimum level of sun protection. Make sure you know all the details about the products you are using.
Confronting seasonal change
Seasonal elements have a significant effect on the skin’s behavior and its needs. Therefore, relying on the same products all year round can be risky. When the skin is under attack from UV rays, it won’t turn over as often as it should, resulting in a clogged and blemished complexion at the end of the summer. A non-clogging sunscreen, lightweight moisturizer and regular exfoliating can prevent this. By contrast, cold temperatures, combined with dry, centrally- heated air, have the opposite effect; sebum becomes waxier and has difficulty flowing out of the pores. This dryness can wreak havoc, so invest in products that help seal in moisture.