To have beautiful healthy skin all the time means to take care of it all the time. You won't see results if you don't actually have a skincare regime. Skin is our largest organ. It requires more than occasional care to achieve maximum results. What you put in your body and on your skin and what you don't… makes a huge difference. Drinking plenty of water absolutely matters. So, if you drink a couple glasses a day you are not giving your skin enough hydration to function properly already. You should be drinking half your body weight in ounces. We often think we are doing the right things to prevent breakouts, aging, oiliness, dry skin and it turns out we are doing it incorrect or not enough, too much etc. Here are some misconceptions on skincare beauty tips.
I exfoliate everyday so I shouldn't have any dead skin.
You can actually over exfoliate your skin, causing it to become more irritated. If you have an oily complexion and you over exfoliate in order to reduce the oil, you are actually causing your skin to produce more oil. It signals an alert to make more oil! Those who have dry skin and or an excess buildup of dead skin cells, you will have to exfoliate more to open up your pores to allow the moisture back in. You simply cannot rely on just using moisturizer on your dry skin and expect it to soak it up. You need to exfoliate at least 3 times a week to keep your pores open and clean, ready to receive moisture and soften.
I took a shower so my face is clean?
No! You cannot rely on a shower for your facial cleansing. You actually need to use a facial cleanser that is appropriate for your skin type. If you have sensitive skin, stay away from fragrances and generic brands and opt for a gentle natural facial cleanser. If you have dry skin, look for a creamy based skin cleanser. Acne prone skin should use a gel cleanser.
Breakouts from greasy food and chocolate
No. You don't breakout from the pizza you ate or the fries you had. Breakouts do not happen from eating certain types of food. There are three factors that contribute to the formation of acne.
- Overproduction of oil (sebum)
- Irregular shedding of dead skin cells resulting in irritation of the hair follicles of your skin
- Buildup of bacteria
There are other issues that could be going on internally however and if you are having regular breakouts you should consult with a Dermatologist as well.
Oily skin doesn't need to be moisturized right?
Even if your skin is very oily you must always use a moisturizer to encourage it to normalize. Choose lighter moisturizers – this is oil in water (heavier ones are water in oil). Put a few dots on your face and keep rubbing in with the balls of your fingers, very lightly, until it is absorbed into the skin.
Dry skin needs a heavy moisturizer?
This is skin that is losing moisture at accelerated rate or where the dead cells are building up on the skin's surface. Dry skin will benefit from a nourishing cream, but don't choose one that is so heavy it overwhelms the skin. Products containing Glycerin and Macadamia nut oil help the skin hold onto moisture without being too heavy. Dry skin needs more protection, you may have a lot of latent toxins under the skin, and when you use a rich moisturizer it merely seals in the pores and prevents the skin from breathing, which can result in spots.
Moisturizing needs to be done every day and every night. To prevent wrinkles and lines, you need to do this routinely. You will not see results without consistency. Your skin does most of its repairs at night. So it is best to get your nighttime moisturizer on just before bed, but also making sure to reapply a daily moisturizer in the morning after your skin has been cleansed and prepped for the day.