Do you also use just a little too much elbow grease? Do you skip the sunscreen? Do you view you skin through a microscope? Even though we have the best intentions, there are some skincare routines that do more damage than good. Here we guide you around the common pitfalls.
Harsh makeup removal. It can be tempting to put some backbone into removing your makeup if it doesn’t come off in the first go. Especially mascara can be tricky, which is why it’s important to be careful here. The skin around your eyes is thin and delicate, and if you rub it hard it can bite back, becoming dry and red. Instead try dipping an earbud into your makeup remover and apply as little pressure as possible when removing your mascara.
Too vigorous exfoliation. Regular exfoliating is good – but only if you treat your skin gently. If you are too rough or exfoliate too often, you risk ending up with red and irritated skin stripped of moisture. Instead use a regular cotton flannel to wash your face in the morning and in the evening (preferably under the shower) – this will be enough exfoliating for most.
Incorrect use of sunscreen. It should be simple, but there are actually several pitfalls when it comes to sunscreen. Many use too little (the face requires an almond-sized portion), apply to rarely or forget to cover their neck.
Put down the magnifying glass! When our skin is magnified, it’s easy for us to focus on silly little details. Many wrongly believe that their skin is covered in blemishes and blackheads and begin to pick and squeeze. Stop! It’s natural to have larger pores on your nose, it’s a myth that you can “close” them. Let go of your focus on the individual pore and instead try to rinse and pamper your skin regularly.
Going to bed wearing makeup. Sleep is important – also for your looks – and when you’re tired, it can be tempting to jump right under the covers, but it’s important not just to rinse off dirt and grime, but also to remove any sun protection filters and silicone residue. So start the evening skin protocol a little earlier, and hold on to the nightly cleanse and skin improving night creams. In emergencies, wet wipes can be a quick and handy solution. See Niveas guide on how to use them properly.