The 10 Worst Beauty Rituals You Should STOP Doing
October 2016, Xtend-Life Expert
We are all guilty of the odd beauty faux pas; after all, no one is perfect. Here are some of the biggest mistakes we make when it comes to our faces!
We are all guilty of the odd beauty faux pas; after all, no one is perfect.
Here are some of the biggest mistakes we make when it comes to our faces!
1. Washing your face with hot water.
Never wash with steaming hot water. Hot water on your skin can be very drying. For the best results, wash your face, using lukewarm or warm, not hot, water. After cleansing, use cool water as a final rinse and pat gently with a clean towel.
2. Exfoliating your skin every day.
Exfoliation helps slough off dead skin cells, remove dirt and keep pores looking smaller — all for a more glowing complexion. On the other hand, excessive exfoliating can disturb your skin’s barrier which translates to rough skin and dryness.
Instead, follow these guidelines to get your freshest, most youthful-looking skin with our exfoliator.
- 25 to 35 - exfoliate once a week
- 35 to 45 - exfoliate twice a week
- 45+ - exfoliate three to four times a week
3. Why Your Skin Needs A Serum
If you’re not using a serum – this is an added step you need to get on board with asap! A good quality serum should contain a significant array of skin-pleasing antioxidants and cell-communicating ingredients for enhanced beauty results.
It is important to do your research on the active ingredients and not be fooled by marketing campaigns and celebrity endorsements. For example, Hydroquinone, although banned in Europe since 2000, is still present in many skin serums. Not only is it dangerous, it is also responsible for ochronosis, which may cause skin to darken.
Instead of harsh chemicals, Age Defying Serum with Whitening uses natural extracts that are proven to work and deliver results. It contains fresh natural ingredients such as Swertia Chirata Extract, which is rapidly becoming a cult favorite and one you want to have in your serum. Offering the latest in cellular-supportive stem cell technology, this innovative serum has been formulated to offer more targeted results.
With a money back guarantee this oil-free solution hits back on two fronts, softening the wrinkles, while also battling the age spots and acne scars, while keeping everything nice and tight. Targeted results your selfies will thank you for.
4. Sleeping with your makeup on.
We all know that sleeping with our makeup on is not ideal but we’re all guilty of having slept without removing our makeup once or twice. The occasional night, sleeping with our foundation or mascara seems harmless enough… right? Wrong.
Leaving your foundation and mascara on while you sleep can do some serious damage to your skin - yes, even if it only happens once in a while. Why, you ask?
At night your skin's most important function is to renew itself. If you leave your makeup on it interferes with this renewal process.
5. Touching and picking your face.
Most of us know we shouldn’t do this, but lots of us do it anyway. Any time you pick or pull at your skin, you are causing damage and creating irritation, scars and wrinkles. Just...stop. Also, for those of you who rest their hands on their skin when working at their desk…it’s time to stop that as well. The bacteria from your fingers may cause blockages and infections.
6. Applying makeup to dry skin.
Foundation looks best when applied to well-hydrated and moisturized skin. Even the best foundation wont give you great coverage if your skin is dehydrated or flaky. If it is a flawless finish you desire, always apply a quality moisturizer first.
7. Neglecting your neck and decolletage.
This is a key area that is often overlooked, and trust me in time you will regret this. The skin on your neck is equally vulnerable to dryness, and it is one of the first places to show signs of premature aging. Get into the habit of applying anti-aging moisturizer, all the way down your neck to your decolletage to nourish and protect this delicate area.
8. Ignoring your eyes.
There is no set age to start incorporating anti-aging into your routine. The new approach is to protect the cells responsible for regeneration and to repair the damaged structures. Applying a high quality eye cream from your twenties onward will pay dividends. However, it is important to look for natural eye creams or serums designed to work to deeply nourish your skin with active ingredients such as Eyeliss™. This French formula is formulated to help reduce the puffiness and bags under the eyes by reducing fluid buildup while strengthening capillaries and boosting the elasticity of the skin.
9. Using dirty makeup brushes.
Yes, it’s doing more damage to your skin than you think. Keeping your brushes clean will ensure no dirt or old makeup build-up is going to affect your skin. If you use a foaming face wash like I do, use a few pumps into a clean bowl, and wash the brushes in the face wash. Double rinse in warm water and dry on a paper towel – it’s that easy, do this every week.
10. Eating for beauty, let’s do that.
Beauty comes in different forms for every woman; but nutrition is one of the most important factors for skin health.
The reason for this is our hair, skin and nails are dependent on healthy, well-functioning internal systems. They reflect the state of our internal health and are often the first warning signs of something not functioning as it should.
A proper intake of essential nutrients is what fuels essential beauty duties like cellular repair, free radical defense and circulation. Collagen supplementation is one of the most fundamental things a person can do to promote healthy aging and vitality.
The premise that skin needs to be nourished from within has been commonplace in Asia for centuries. You’re effectively feeding your skin from within, while enjoying whole body benefits; which when you stop to think about it, makes perfect sense!
We believe in taking a whole body approach to your beauty, come join us on the road to a more beautiful…YOU.