8 errors to avoid to prevent skin ageing

8 errors to avoid to prevent skin ageing
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In many women’s skin routine, certain common errors accelerate skin ageing. Here are 8 mistakes to stop making on a regular basis to keep your skin young, firm and beautiful. Are you ready for the challenge? 

1) Using scrubs too frequently

Sure, exfoliants give a deep clean to the skin and eliminate imperfections, but when done too often, they damage the skin’s protective barrier, which breaks down naturally with time. The skin becomes more fragile and more sensitive.
Don’t do more than one scrub a week and don’t scrub too hard.

2) Washing your face with shower gel

Most shower gels on the market are aggressive and destroy the skin’s protective lipid barrier. If you regularly use these kinds of products to wash your face (in the shower, for example), you run the risk of damaging your skin and making it more fragile.
Go for a natural soap, preferably organic and enriched with vegetable oil (olive oil, shea butter, sweet almond oil, etc.).

3) Going out without sunscreen

Very often, wrinkles appear faster because of prolonged and repeated sun exposure over the years. If you don’t wear sunscreen on your skin -face and body -you risk accelerating skin ageing.

Protect your skin from the sun during summer, when its rays are strongest, either by avoiding it or by covering up. Apply sunscreen both in winter and in summer, and go for one that is suitable for your skin type. The paler you are, the higher your skin protection factor (SPF) should be. 

4) Keeping your cosmetics for several years

Skin cosmetics and makeup have expiration dates. Once they have been opened, aqueous products (moisturisers, mascara, liquid foundation, sunscreen, etc.), don’t keep for more than six to nine months. More solid products (lipstick, etc.) don’t keep for more than a year, and perfume, nail varnish and powders last no longer than three years.

After such a time, they can become real nests for bacteria, they lose their efficacy and tend to dry out. Don’t use them past the expiry date marked on the packaging, usually represented by a little symbol that shows how long a product will last once it has been opened (e.g., 24M =24 months once opened).

5) Not hydrating enough

Every day, moisturise your skin with a cream that is suitable for your skin type and drink at least 1.5 litres of water a day. The more hydrated your skin is, the less wrinkles and eye bags you will have.
Go for a moisturiser with a base of aloe vera, argan oil or shea butter to increase your skin’s suppleness and keep it hydrated.

6) Not taking off your makeup

Sometimes, do you find you are just too tired and you go to sleep with your makeup on? Big mistake! The skin on your face is the part of you most exposed to aggressive substances during the day (makeup, pollution, etc.). If you don’t take off your makeup, these pollutants impregnate your skin during your sleep.

What’s more, if you apply your day cream or night cream on top of a layer of foundation, their active ingredients will not be able to penetrate the skin.

Morning and night, clean the skin on your face with some cotton wool soaked in makeup remover before applying your day or night cream.

7) Not washing your makeup brushes

Makeup brushes accumulate bacteria over time and contribute to skin impurities.

Clean your makeup brushes once a month with shampoo and rinse them with lukewarm water. Dry them upside down on top of some paper towels.

8) A lack of sleep

A lack of sleep can show on your face! When you don’t get enough sleep, your skin appears dull and the bags under your eyes are more visible than usual. Sleep 7 to 8 hours a night, in a room with no light sources.