Avoid these skincare no-nos if you want healthy, glowing skin this spooky season!
'Skincare scaries' are the practices we sometimes do that are bad for our skin. Some skincare scaries are just not ideal, while others are straight-up harmful for the skin.
We’ll take you through some of the more common skincare scaries to explain why they’re no good for the skin and what you should do instead, so you can feel more empowered in your everyday skincare routine!
Leave your face alone!
If you absolutely need to get on top of a pimple, try using an over-the-counter spot treatment to dry it out.
You could also try placing a pimple sticker, made of hydrocolloid, over the pimple to help absorb the contents of the pimple.
Squeezing blackheads will only get rid of them temporarily. The only way to actually reduce blackheads is to gently exfoliate the skin, with salicylic acid for example.
Try applying our Jojoba & Enzyme Radiance Mask weekly, which contains salicylic acid, to deeply exfoliate the skin.
Although it can be incredibly tempting to pop a pimple or squeeze a blackhead, dermatologists have warned that picking at your skin won’t do it any good.
Here’s a few reasons why popping pimples/squeezing blackheads isn’t ideal:
- You might tear or scar your skin
- You could cause inflammation
- It may introduce more bacteria to the area, leading to more pimples
If you’re too tired to do your entire skincare routine, that’s no problem!
At the very least, it’s best to remove your makeup. A hack for doing this quickly is to use an oil cleanser, like our Activating Cleansing Oil, applied directly over a face of makeup.
Massage the oil cleanser in, then rinse your face with water, or use a damp muslin cloth to wipe away your makeup.
After a night out or a late one, the last thing you might feel like doing is washing your makeup off and doing your skincare routine. But we promise, your skin will thank you for it later!
Here’s what you risk when sleeping with makeup on overnight:
- Prevents the skin from its natural overnight process of renewal
- Dirt and other pollutants become trapped within the skin
- Clogged pores, leading to acne and breakouts
- Premature ageing
Wear SPF daily, as the last step in your routine (after moisturiser).
If you’re not already in the habit of wearing SPF, you could start by wearing a moisturiser that has SPF15 in it, like our Multi Defence Moisturiser SPF15.
However this is only for incidental sun exposure, so if you will be directly out in the sun you will need a higher SPF.
Simply put: your elaborate skincare routine is pointless if you’re not protecting your skin from damaging UV rays. Using SPF daily is the key to healthy skin, and will keep your skin glowing in the long run.
Not using a daily SPF will lead to:
- Sunburn, damaging your skin cells and blood vessels
- Skin looking older, more wrinkled, dry and discoloured
- Sun spots
- Skin cancer
Get in the routine of double cleansing as part of your night routine.
It's important, especially if you have been wearing heavy makeup or SPF, as it helps to remove these properly before you cleanse.
Our Activating Cleansing Oil is an oil cleanser made using our Australian Jojoba, which can be used as the first step in a double cleansing routine.
You can use this on your skin first and rinse with water to not only remove makeup but also to keep the skin nourished.
This skincare scary isn’t as harmful as not wearing SPF, but double cleansing is the key to super clean skin - which is an important part of your skincare routine.
Here's what could happen if you're not properly cleansing:
- May make it harder for actives to properly be absorbed if skin isn't properly clean
- May lead to a buildup of bacteria and dead skin
If you’re 50+, it’s important to exfoliate approximately 3+ times a week.
As we age, our skin’s natural ability to turnover our skin cells slows down, which means we have to make sure we are exfoliating the skin ourselves.
If you’re under 50, or have sensitive skin, it's probably acceptable to exfoliate the skin 2-3 times (or less) a week.
Over exfoliating is a BIG no-no. If you’re exfoliating too regularly, whether it be with a chemical or physical exfoliant, you can do damage to the skin.
Here's why to avoid over exfoliating:
- Leads to rough, dehydrated, flaky skin
- Damages skin barrier
- Strips face of natural oils
- Skincare routine is no longer efficient
Try getting into a good, consistent routine every night, for example.
After you get out of the shower, leave your skincare products out so you can apply them immediately.
Try to use the same products each routine, for example, the same serum and moisturiser every night for a week.
If you're confused about skincare routines, read our Skin School blog, which we've created to help you get started.
In order for your skincare routine to work, you need to be consistent with the steps, as well as the products you’re using.
A basic skincare routine consists of these 4 steps:
- Moisturiser & SPF
Easily remove Halloween Makeup with our Activating Cleansing Oil
After a big Halloween night, the last thing you want to do is be sat in your bathroom, frantically scrubbing your face to remove pesky Halloween makeup!
Our Jojoba Activating Cleansing Oil will effortlessly remove makeup and SPF.
Simply apply directly to dry skin and massage it into your face, before rinsing with water.
This cleanser is enriched with our natural Australian Jojoba, plus sunflower seed oil to nourish and help skin maintain moisture and antioxidant-rich, skin-brightening mandarin, which promotes a radiant, healthy-looking glow.