This is at number one of our seven skin sins. By going to bed without removing your make-up, you are effectively sleeping in the day’s pollution, dirt and grime. Add a lovely layer of make-up and grease, and you have the perfect breeding ground for bacteria on your face and a spot outbreak.
Still have the same facemask from weeks ago, stuffed in your pocket or handbag ready for next time? Every time you put your dirty mask on, you are transferring bacteria, old make-up, dirt and dust from past use onto your clean skin. Changing your face mask regularly or washing it regularly will keep your skin happy and healthy.
Just because we are heading into winter, doesn’t mean you should forget about using a high SPF on your face. UV damage happens all year round, so keeping your SPF high will help keep sun damage such as hyperpigmentation and wrinkles at bay.
However tempting it is to squeeze your pimples, we say leave it alone! Overzealous pimple squeezing can increase the risk of scarring and infection. Instead, use a salicylic acid face wash such as iS Clinical Cleansing Complex followed by a light moisturiser with anti-bacterial properties such as iS Clinical Hydra-Cool Serum. In the evenings, using an active treatment such as those containing Vitamin A, such as iS Clinical Active Serum to treat and reduce future breakouts
Just as your wardrobe changes, so should your skincare! Sticking with the same skincare regime all year round will mean your skin isn’t getting the seasonal TLC it needs. Very often in winter, your skin will become much drier due to extreme temperature changes (think cold winds then returning to a central heated home), so you may well need a more luxurious moisturiser to replenish lost moisture.
You might think that exfoliating your dry skin in winter is a no go. However, stopping exfoliating dry skin will actually make your skin more problematic. Regularly exfoliating your skin gently with a quality exfoliator such as Obagi360 Exfoliating Cleanser which will keep your skin clean and blemish-free. After exfoliating the dead skin layers away, use a rich moisturiser to replenish the skin.