What is your winter night skincare routine like? Do you remove your makeup, wash your face and apply your moisturizer before you go to sleep? If that is the case, then you are doing things right, right? Wrong. The truth is, there are winter skincare mistakes that women unknowingly commit.
If you wish to maintain a healthy and good looking skin, here are some of the mistakes that you should avoid doing and take proper skin care in winter:
You do not wash your pillowcase on a regular basis.
You may not notice this, but all your facial oils, hair products, and skin care products tend to accumulate on your pillowcase as time goes by. Even if you do not sweat a lot during winter, the hair product residue that accumulates in your pillowcase may lead to a massive acne breakout if you will not wash it regularly. There is no definite number here bit some people claim that you should try to change and wash your pillowcase after every two weeks.
You don’t get enough sleep.
We know that it can be difficult to get a good sleep during winter, but you must try to, for the sake of your health or at the very least, for your skin. Just like you, your skin needs enough rest to recharge and recover from the stresses of the daily life. When you don’t give it enough rest that it needs, its healing gets delayed. In addition to that, stress and lack of rest may stimulate the release of free radicals, causing your skin to age faster than it should. If you want a good looking skin, try to get at least 8 hours of sleep.
You sleep in a heated room.
During the winter season, we all wish to stay as comfortable as possible in our beds. That is why people pump up their heaters. While pumping the heaters up can make you feel comfortable as possible, doing so can have detrimental effects on your skin. The high temperature can make your skin dry and dehydrated. This is most especially true during colder nights when the low humidity levels strip off the natural lipids in our skin.
You use lactic-based skin care products on your wet skin.
Yes, lactic acid is good for the skin. In fact, it is considered to be one of the best ingredients of a facial serum or scrub. But did you know that many people fail to enjoy the benefits of this skin care ingredient? That’s because they apply it on wet skin. When you apply it to wet skin, the water in your skin neutralizes the lactic acid rendering it useless for skin care. Make sure that you thoroughly dry your skin so you can make the most out of the health benefits of this treasured skin care ingredient.
You sleep on your stomach or the side.
No matter how comfortable this sleeping position is for you, this sleeping position is a big no-no for your skin. Squishing your face into your pillow every night increases your chances of developing wrinkles on certain parts of your face, including your forehead, nose, and eyes. This is most especially true if you are using a cotton pillowcase, instead of a satin one. To avoid this, the best position is to sleep on your back. You may also wish to swap your cotton pillowcase to a satin one to minimize formation of wrinkles.
You do not use a hydrating moisturizer.
Yes, you apply moisturizer. But are you using the right type of moisturizer? After washing your face, it is important that you rehydrate the skin properly by applying moisturizer before you go to sleep. This is true even if you have acne breakouts. To give it the hydration that it needs, use a moisturizer that contains ceramides and hyaluronic acid. If you are suffering from breakouts, though, you should try to avoid using a moisturizer with harsh ingredients. Stick to mild ones instead.
You are not applying your serums.
Serums are most probably the best skin care product that you can ever use if you wish to prevent skin aging and wrinkles. If you are not using your serums, your skin is at risk of dryness and its aging process may also be hastened. When using serums, allow the product to sink into your skin first before layering it with other products. In addition to that, the best time to apply your eyebrow and eyelash serums is at night since the skin undergoes growth and development at this time.
You’re not exfoliating right.
If you are exfoliating your skin every night, that’s too much, and it can worsen certain skin conditions like rosacea and acne. At first, over exfoliating may seem like a good idea but it can be damaging to the skin in the long run. That’s because you are removing the protective layer of your skin when you exfoliate too much, making it susceptible to the cold wind and other environmental hazards. Try to minimize the frequency to two times a week. At maximum, you can do three times a week but only if it is necessary.
Shy away from these winter skincare mistakes, and you will be on your way to a youthful and flawless skin.