It’s Spooky Season!
Sometimes the scariest things are our bad habits - this spooky season let’s make sure the only thing getting ghosted are these bad skincare habits! Not using SPF
One of the scariest things I’ve learned is that 90% of extrinsic damage to our skin comes from the sun! We all know how important it is to protect our skin with sunscreen during those summertime beach trips- but fall isn’t the time to stop that daily habit of wearing sunscreen. The sun’s rays are still present year round and are even able to pass through glass windows. Spooky!
As we age, the natural exfoliation process of our skin slows down. This is why we incorporate exfoliating products like scrubs or AHA’s. But Beware!! When you over exfoliate your skin you can actually cause more damage, leading to breakouts and premature wrinkles.
A good rule of thumb is that oily skin should exfoliate 2-3x a week, dry skin 1-2x a week and sensitive skin 1x a week.
2. Sleeping in Makeup
When you come home from that Halloween party don’t ignore the important step of sleeping in your makeup. When we sleep in our makeup we are letting the oils, waxes and products sit on our skin for longer periods of time. This increases the potential for clogged pores and waking up with something even scarier then smudged eyeliner- a breakout!
3. Don’t Neglect the Neck
We know you have a great skincare routine- but remember skincare doesn’t stop at the face! The skin of the neck, décolleté and hands are just as vulnerable to sun damage, acne, sun spots and wrinkles. So go ahead, show that neck on skincare love!
4. Using a Washcloth
The scariest thing this Halloween season? Using a washcloth to remove your makeup! Washcloths - even clean ones- can harbor bacteria, fungus, detergents - you name it! Let’s keep the tricks out of our skincare routine and only treat our skin with Clean Skin Towels XL.
5. Picking your Breakouts
I know it can be tempting to pick at an acne breakout, but the reality is you are creating more irritation and inflammation to the breakout. This can cause slowing in the healing time and potential creating an acne pigmentation mark. The best thing to do with a breakout is to cover it up with an acne patch. The Derma Dot Invisible Acne Patches are a great way to protect that breakout from spreading, increase healing time and to keep your hands off!
6. DIY Skincare
It’s a great time of year to bake up some holiday treats, but let’s make sure those baking ingredients are only for treats! When you use ingredients from your kitchen to make your own skincare products you are taking a big risk with your skin's health. Ingredients intended for cooking haven’t been tested for skin safety and you risk the possibility of chemical burns. Yikes!
7. Expired Products
Mold! Bacteria! Viruses! Eye Infections! Breakouts! Oh my!
Expired skincare and cosmetics are no longer shelf stable, meaning there is a risk for pathogens and microbes to form in the products. When using these products near our eyes and mouth we risk letting these unwanted microorganisms make a new home on our skin and in our body, resulting in possible infections and acne.
Thank you for reading!
This article of the Skinsider Scoop was graciously written by L.E. and Research & Development Project Manager at Clean Skin Club, Kelsey Hayden, and edited by the Clean Skin Club team. If you're interested in more from Kelsey, please shoot us an email, and follow her Instagram - @kelseyaesthetics