New year, new skin!
If "glowing, clear skin" is one of your new year's resolution, it's time to get rid of some bad skin habits like these:
1. Picking at pimples
Imagine: A big, fat juicy pimple in the middle of your forehead. And what do you do? Squeeze and pop the hell out of it until your whole forehead is red, of course! Popping your pimples is actually not that bad of a thing, when done by a professional (think Dr. Pimple Popper!). But, done with our own unsanitised fingers, and on the wrong type of acne or the wrong time, and it could be disastrous for your skin. Stick to using a pimple patch or apply your spot treatments, and keep your hands off your face!
2. Exfoliating every day
Exfoliating is an essential skin care step that does wonders for your skin. But if you do it too much, it will cause plenty of other issues for your skin too, such as redness, irritation, excess oiliness or even acne! We normally recommend using an exfoliator 1-3 times a week depending on your skin type, and be gentle especially if you're using a physical exfoliator!
3. Using DIY skin care found on Pinterest
Honestly, just don't.
4. Sleeping with makeup on
Even if you have to crawl on all fours, try to make it to the bathroom and cleanse! Especially at the end of a long day of makeup-wearing, the last thing you want to do is let all that dirt, oil, impurities and makeup mix and wreak havoc on your skin.
5. Ignoring your neck and chest
Yes, skin care is not just for the skin on your face! Your neck and chest needs the same kind of love too. The skin around your neck in particular is very prone to signs of ageing, so don't forget to slather on that sunscreen or anti-ageing serum!
6. Not patch testing new products
We know how much you want to dip your fingers into that new moisturiser or drench your skin in that new ampoule you just got. But patch testing should always, always be the first step before you commit to applying a new product on your whole face.
We've posted a blog post about how to do a patch test before, and it's really not that difficult! It does take a bit of time and patience, but it will save you a whole lot of headaches and medical bills later on.
What other bad skin habits do you have? Let us know in the comments!