Most of us have a skincare routine that we stick to out of habit— it’s all about a repetition of steps you have to do day in and day out. But what if you are you repeating the wrong steps? Even the most well-informed will make simple mistakes that can mess up clear, dewy skin. In fact, most skin care errors are the result of misinformation, not lack of commitment to perfection. You may be hurting your skin and not even realizing it. If you do a few of the things mentioned below, you may be causing more breakouts, dry patches, or even causing pre-mature aging. Luckily for us, even the biggest beauty blunders can be easily avoided. Here are 4 of the top skincare habits to avoid for a clean, clear complexion:
• Not exfoliating. This is a huge beauty sin! Especially if you wear make-up, particularly foundation. Your body has thousands of dead skin cells every day and we need the exfoliation to remove those dead skin cells. It is recommend to exfoliate every other day. You will notice smoother skin and easier foundation application. You won’t see as much clumping or highlighted dry patches. Say hello to a flawless complexion. Three kinds of purifying clay, nourishing raw cacao and manuka honey, and toxin-removing activated bamboo charcoal are the key ingredients in Osmia Organics’ Detox Exfoliating Mask. The organic, finely-ground walnut shells and olive leaf powders will gently resurface and condition the skin, pulling all impurities from the skin as it dries. Raw cacao softens the skin, as its natural caffeine tones and lifts. $50
Follow with this cleansing Face Exfoliant to renew and awaken your skin. This fine grain scrub will gently slough off dead skin cells, lift impurities and stimulate circulation, leaving your face feeling fresh and radiant. $20
• Not using enough moisturizer. Hydration is key for healthy skin, but many of us don’t apply enough of it or skip it altogether. Skin is an entire organ, so attention to all of it, and not just the face, is important. People should moisturize their entire body one or two times a day—two is best. A highly absorbent body oil formulated with a sensuous and potent blend of botanical active ingredients, Grown Alchemist’s Body Treatment Oil: Ylang Ylang, Tamanu & Omega 7 softens and smooths while increasing skin elasticity and hydration noticeably improving skin texture and appearance. Essential fatty acids, omega 6 & 9 and xanthones from tamanu oil visibly restore skin softness, suppleness and revitalize the skins texture and appearance visibly improving age spots, stretch marks and scars. Omega 7 palmitoleic acid from sea-buckthorn berry noticeably tones the skin while polyphenols and carotenoids from camellia seed oil provide maximum below-surface hydration smoothing the skins appearance. $44
• Not cleansing properly. You may be diligent in makeup removal, but are you using the right cleanser to put your skin in optimal condition for overnight renewal? Look for a cleanser that contains the right ingredients. A botanically-rich and nutrient-dense washless cleanser/toner, FIG+YARROW’s Cleansing Nectar us ideal for gentle exfoliation, drawing of impurities and optimal pH maintenance for overall skin health and appearance. Lavender hydrosol’s calming, cleansing and soothing attributes are especially beneficial to combination, sun-damaged and challenged skin. Ginko biloba helps to increase circulation for improved nutrient delivery and detox. $30
• Not feeding your body properly. If you eat junk food all the time, you’re robbing your skin of the antioxidants and other nutrients it needs to stay healthy and happy. Your diet habits will show themselves on your face: eat well, and you’ll have gorgeous skin; eat poorly, and your chips-and-candy diet will show, too! The twenty three skin loving super foods in the delicious Glow Inner Beauty Powder by The Beauty Chef contain a powerhouse of nutrients which the skin needs to be healthy and radiant. Bringing a wealth of health and skin benefits, this powder is a blend of carefully selected certified natural and organic ingredients to nourish and enhance the skin from the inside, giving your skin a healthy glow on the outside. $60
All of these products are environmentally friendly and will keep your skin looking incredible. Let us know in the comments section below what your favorite skincare products or tips are!