We’ve mentioned how much well-applied makeup can contribute to your overall look, the same way that a great pair of pearls earrings can make you look more polished and put together. Mind you, we don’t expect you to add much to your morning routine; a quick moisturizer and/or primer, some powder foundation and mascara will usually suffice for a regular day.
In winter, when your skin is paler and your hair is often tied back or even covered with a hat or hood, your face tends to stand out more. Many ladies consider makeup a must during this season. However, our skin tends to dry out or develop other issues in this weather, making it difficult to cover it comfortably and efficiently with minimal makeup. While there are many, many factors that influence your skin, some are as simple as your daily routine. Did you know that your showering habits may actually be contributing to your skin problems? Here are some common mistakes we make that may be hurting our complexions:
- Skipping moisturizer. If you don’t moisturize after your shower, you’re depriving your skin of an amazing opportunity to trap in the moisture it so desperately needs after a good cleanse. You’ve stripped away a lot of dirt and build-up as well as your skin’s natural oils, so be sure to replace them with a good quality, lightweight moisturizer, even if you’re prone to breakouts.
- Over-exfoliating. Exfoliating is a great way to remove dirt and dead skin cells, leaving room for new growth and general rejuvination. Overdoing it, however, especially in winter, may leave your skin unprotected and fragile, resulting in dryness, flakiness and a dull complexion. Try not to use anything too harsh, and exfoliate only once or twice per week.
- Not tossing your loofah. Did you know that loofahs are a great place for molds and bacterias to grow, despite their exposure to soap? Experts recommend replacing them every month, so if yours has passed that expiration date, it’s time to let it go.
- Taking long, hot showers. Yes, we know, this one is a real toughy- especially during the winter! Still, as much as you crave a loooong hot rinse, try to keep your showers to once per day and no longer than 10-12 minutes. Similarly, protect your skin from dryness by keeping the temperature a drop lower than you might like. To protect your skin once you get out, check out tip #1!
Do you make these mistakes? Stay clean and healthy!
Until next time,