Mistake 1: Perfume on the neck
I know that people do this in the movies, in the department stores and probably at home. But please, please stop. Perfumes contain oil, which what makes them smell so good. But putting oils on your neck, even if they are in perfume is truly bad for your skin. Our skin is constantly exposed to UV rays, and the oil in the perfume acts to increase the damage on your neck and décolletage, just like coconut oil did back in the 1980s. This can lead to skin thinning, damage capillaries and pigmentation, or worse still, all three at once (called Poikiloderma). Instead, put perfume only on non-exposed skin to avoid damage.
Mistake 2: Not using enough SPF
Whilst we are talking about sun damage, not applying enough sunscreen is another no-no. SPF30 sunscreen filters around 97% of UVB rays. But this is dependent upon you using at least 1/4 teaspoon on your face. Use half that amount, and this is only a half the protection. Or worse still, use none and that is no protection at all. Given that UV is responsible for most ageing and also for a number of skin cancers, do not miss this step.
Mistake 3: Using Coconut Oil
Using coconut oil on your skin is another no-no. Coconut oil is very thick and blocks the pores of your skin, and when it does, welcome to “breakout town”. Instead opt for ingredients like rosehip oil or almond oil. Both are beautiful and not prone to clogging up the skin.
Mistake 4: The scent of skincare
Judging skincare by the smell. If it smells great, then it has fragrance to give it that lovely scent. The number one skin irritant in skincare is fragrance. So whilst the product may make you feel all warm and fuzzy, you skin on the other hand may break out, become red and sensitive, or really dry as a reaction to the skincare. Instead opt for brands without fragrance. There are heaps of Australian brands that aim for a beautiful smelling product through great ingredients, rather than adding fragrance.
Mistake 5: Guessing what skincare might be best
Not seeing a skin or dermal therapist for a skin diagnosis. Many, many people believe that they have sensitive skin, but in large part, this is actually not true at all. The reason for sensitive skin is dehydration or using the wrong type of products on your skin, in the majority of cases. When skin is dehydrated, it literally sucks up whatever you put on it. Sometimes this means that a really active product penetrates much more deeply than intended, causing redness and itchiness. By seeing someone who can really look at your skin and investigate what is going on, not only are the right products recommended, but also the right strength/concentration too. These are both equally important.
This article was published in Mamamia Beauty. Read it here
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