When you’re rushing around taking care of everyone else, it can be easy to forget about taking care of yourself. That’s when you start cutting corners on your skincare routine. You might get away with one or two cheats, but others will take a toll and leave you looking less than your best. Avoid these six sins of skincare and you’ll stay glowing – however hectic things get.
1. Not getting enough sleep
We know, we know! It’s tough to combine busy lives and bustling families with the full eight hours. But if you regularly get less than six hours sleep, it could affect the way you look.
Skin regenerates while you snooze, which helps prevent it from sagging.. Meanwhile, lack of sleep can cause telltale puffy eyes. Getting an extra hour or two of kip could produce results and after a couple of weeks, friends will wonder what new spa treatment you’ve splashed out on.
2. Leaving your make-up on at night
It’s so easy to forget, but following a cleansing routine before you catch up on your beauty sleep will make a massive difference to your skin.
Night-time is when your skin recovers from the day, regenerating cells and naturally exfoliating. But with an oily barrier of make-up, pores can get clogged and cause breakouts. Try stashing some cleansing facial wipes by the bed for those nights when you definitely can’t wait to crawl into bed.
3. Forgetting UV protection when the sun isn’t out
As the rain pours down during a typical British day, it’s easy to imagine that you only need to think about SPF when it’s sunny. Big mistake. You won’t get sunburn, but the UV rays that gradually cause skin damage and the appearance of ageing are present all year round, even on cloudy days
Stay protected with Olay Regenerist 3-Point Moisturiser SPF30, which rehydrates skin and helps to protect against UV rays.
4. Not staying hydrated
If you’re rushing around all day and not stopping for a break, there’s a chance you might get dehydrated. And that’s not good for skin.
Just as you keep it hydrated from the outside with moisturiser, you need to keep it hydrated from within by drinking plenty of water. Not drinking enough can make it feel dry and flaky. You don’t need to go overboard, though: about eight glasses a day should be fine, or a bit more if it’s hot or you go to the gym.
5. Using the same make-up for years
When you get just the right shade that works with your skin, it’s tempting to hold onto it forever. But make-up and dirty brushes can be a breeding ground for bacteria.
Applying it with your fingers can also transfer germs into your make-up, where they build up before you put it back on your face. That’s a recipe for breakouts. Try washing your brushes regularly and not keeping products like foundation hanging about for too long after you’ve opened them (there’s a little symbol on the pack that tells you how long it keeps).
6. Exfoliating too much
Sometimes it isn’t that bad if you let things slide a bit. While exfoliating regularly can make your skin appear smooth and glowing, doing it every day can do more harm than good.
Over-exfoliating strips away your skin’s natural protection, inflaming it and drying it out. Let your skin recover, then dial back the exfoliation routine to twice a week – it’s more than enough to get that bright, healthy look.
What skincare mistakes trip you up? Do you have any clever shortcuts in your routine? Let us know!