Makeup can only do so much to help give you a youthful- and healthy-looking glow. As a busy woman, you know how difficult it can be to get eight hours of sleep every night to give your body the time it needs to recover and look fresh in the morning. That’s why it’s wise to invest in an extensive skincare routine. But some beauty practices can actually do more harm than good. Here are some of them:
Exfoliating your skin sloughs off dead skin cells and layers that cause dullness, revealing a fresh-looking face. But exfoliating too often and too harshly can cause your skin to dry up and become inflamed, which can lead to dry patches or flaky skin. Exfoliate only once or twice a week to help keep your skin looking glowing.
2. Using too many products at once
Sometimes when it comes to skin, less is more. If all you do is cleanse, tone, and moisturize your skin in the morning and at night, then you’re already giving it the care it needs. After all, too much product can leave your skin feeling dull or irritated.
3. Applying products in the wrong order or combination
Once you’ve simplified your skincare routine, it’s important to apply the products in the correct order to enhance and reap the benefits. First, apply products that have a lighter consistency—like serums—for better absorption by the skin, then follow with thicker or heavier creams. Fair warning: When using brightening products with glycolic or lactic acid, do not mix them with retinol or products with vitamin C to avoid painful redness and peeling.
4. Skimping on moisturizer
Dry and dehydrated skin can easily make your face look leathery, lifeless, and dull. Always apply moisturizer that's appropriate for your skin type, so your face can look fresh and hydrated. Do this even if you have oily skin, to keep your skin from producing excess oil to compensate for the dryness. Use a moisturizer to help counteract your skin's oil production and hydrate your skin at the same time, like Snow Skin Whitening Lotion.
5. Using overly matte products
Constantly wearing matte makeup is understandable given the humidity and how we don’t want to look slick. But it can leave you looking like you have very dry skin. Remember to prime your skin first with an illuminating base like the Snow Skin Whitening Cream before applying your matte foundation to keep your skin from drying out.