There are some beauty blunders many of us are making because we've heard they're actually good for our skin, but you're really only making matters worse.
Beauty expert Christen Michel is here to separate fact from fiction, about our face.
- Replacing cleanser with cleansing wipes. Cleansing wipes have become very popular and seem to be popping up all over the place. Yes, they are convenient. Are they actually cleansing your skin? Not really. What you're essentially doing is applying a cleanser to your skin but not removing it. These wipes smear dirt, oil and dead skin across the face. A good cleanse is critical to skin health and repair.
- Skipping cleansing in the morning. When you sleep, your skin goes into repair mode, secreting toxins and sebum. By cleansing in the morning, you are removing the toxins, sebum and your nighttime skin care products so that your daytime products can work most effectively.
- Using cleansers that leave your skin feeling tight and "squeaky clean." While this sounds totally desirable, it's not healthy. This may mean that the cleanser is not right for you. That tight feeling most likely means your skin has been stripped of water, leaving a dead skin buildup.
- Avoiding oils in your skin care. The word "oil" has become a big skin care no-no, and this is unfortunate. Yes, many oils are terrible for your skin. But oils such as jojoba oil, sunflower oil and safflower oil are very nourishing and beneficial to the skin. Most of us need these types of oil in our routine for proper repair and nourishment.
- Applying sunscreen only once a day when outside. If you're applying SPF in the morning before you leave the house, I applaud you and appreciate the effort you're making to protect yourself. The bad news is, sunscreen only protects for two hours. This means that by the time you grab your coffee and get your day started, it's already time to reapply.