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We tend to put a lot of time and money into our skincare regimen, but are we undoing our hard work with simple slip-ups? Here are five major mistakes to avoid.

 

1. Only using SPF in summer

Yes, technically you’re more at risk during the summer months because the sun is at its hottest; but that doesn’t mean the threat isn’t there all year round. Be sure to use a moisturiser or foundation containing SPF, in order to give yourself the best protection 365 days of the year.

 

2. Over-exfoliation

The aim of exfoliation is to gently remove dead skin cells from your body – emphasis on the word ‘gentle’. If you’re exfoliating every single day, you’re scrubbing away much more than dead cells, and this could be harmful to your skin. Keep it to a maximum of once or twice weekly, and be gentle.

 

3. Rubbing

We’re talking about towels on your face, here. As well as spreading bacteria, rubbing a hard towel along your face can potentially damage the elastin of your tender skin. Patting, rather than rubbing, will do the job without harming your skin.

 

4. Washing with hot water

As refreshing as it might feel, washing your face with hot water is actually causing it harm. As well as stripping away protective oils, the hot water can over-dry your skin; best to rinse your face with lukewarm water, which is cleansing without being harmful.

 

5. Using the wrong products

Just like foundation, there is a correct cleanser, toner and moisturiser for every face and skin-type. Focusing in on the cleanser in particular, the aim is to find one that gently cleanses without causing damage – if your skin is left feeling overly greasy, dry or tight, you need to reconsider your purchase.

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