Despite our good intentions, most of us are guilty at some time or another of committing these four skin mistakes. But could they be contributing to your skin flare-ups and breakouts?
Hot showers and long baths
There is nothing more relaxing than a hot shower or a long soak in the bath. But for itchy, dry or eczema-prone skin, lingering too long under hot water can exacerbate the condition. Drawing moisture from the skin and impairing the skin’s natural moisture barrier, allowing for potential allergens to enter the skin.
Instead, take short, lukewarm showers. Patting the skin dry rather than rubbing. Following up with Dermalogica’s Ultra Rich Body Cream while skin is still slightly damp will allow the product to penetrate the deeper layers of skin.
While regular exfoliation is beneficial for removing dead skin cells, debris and excess oil, going too hard at it can worsen some existing skin problems. Sensitive and eczema prone skin won’t thank you for overzealous scrubbing. For sensitive skins, we recommend a non-abrasive hydroxy acid exfoliation such as Dermalogica Gentle Cream Exfoliant.
We would suggest avoiding exfoliation all together on eczema prone skin. Instead, treat eczema inflammation with a calming cleanser such as UltraCalming Cleanser and Soothing UltraCalming Serum Concentrate to repair damaged skin.
Neglecting to remove make-up
We’ve all done it; got home after a long day and fallen into bed without removing our makeup. But sleeping in a day's worth of makeup and grime is asking for trouble! Cell turnover is at optimal levels while you sleep. Removing makeup before bed is crucial for letting your skin breathe and repair itself.
Admit it. How often do you really clean your makeup brushes? Brushes and Sponges are a breeding ground for Bacteria, which then transfers to your face and your makeup with each use.
Washing brushes with a specialist cleaner or a mild formulation such as baby shampoo at least once a week will help to limit the spread of spot-causing oil and bacteria.
Give these few small changes a go and let us know if you notice an improvement in your skin. We’d love to hear from you!