Are You Sabotaging Your Skin

Thursday 1 December 2011

We spend so much time, and money, trying to make our skin as healthy as can be. Putting lotions and potions on to help with wrinkles, redness, spots and dots. But sometimes we only get a small fraction of what our creams have to offer.

Here are the most common ways we sabotage our skin.

1. Not committing to a product
Adverts tell us after one week you will see a dramatic difference, so once the week is up you feel cheated. You spent a lot of money and nothing to show for it. But I'm here to tell you that its important to stick with it (unless you are getting a reaction, then ditch it!). Try and stick with it for a month or two to really see results. Rome wasn't built in a day, and if you are trying to get rid of sun damage or lines, it will take a while. They didn't appear overnight and wont disappear overnight too. 

2. Overdoing it
We are all guilty of this now and again. You are breaking out so you buy the anti blemish cleanser, toner, moisturiser, treatment and mask. It doesn't budge so you also add in a drying lotion. By using countless products, it can end up irritating your skin and making it even worse. Apply a zit zapper every hour wont make it go sooner. It will just irritate your skin quicker. 

3. Not exfoliating
Its so important to exfoliate your skin, especially once you start seeing more candles than cake. Its up to you to decide if you want to use a manual one that has grains, or an enzyme or acid based one (scarier than it sounds). Exfoliating your skin once or twice a week is great for getting rid of the dead skin that clutter the top layer of your skin. You cant expect to apply an anti aging product to dead skin and for it to work. 

4. Don't apply too many things
If you have two problems, for example acne and skin pigmentation, combat one in the morning and the other at night. Then both will be working 100%, instead of the last one that you apply not really sinking into the skin.

5. Not protecting your skin from the sun
There is no point in spending lots of money on creams to combat pigmentation and wrinkles, if you don't use sunscreen. All the hard work that they creams do at night get ruined the next day when you go out into the sun. If you can, wear a hat and sunglasses for added protection. 

6. Lifestyle can be more important than any cream
Lifestyle factors can affect your skin more than creams ever will. The most expensive wrinkle lotion wont get rid of lines around the mouth if you continue to smoke. Moisturiser wont rehydrate skin if you aren't drinking enough water. Concealer can only hide eye bags to an extent. Try to keep stress to a minimum, get enough sleep, drink lots of water, eat yummy foods that nourish you (cookies and donuts don't count) and either staying out of the sun, or at least protecting yourself from its harsh rays. 


  1. This is all so true, we need to remember to be patient and gentle to our skin. It's so easy as you say to over-do anything but it won't happen any sooner...

  2. Its so hard to be patient, especially when the adverts tell us that 98% saw results within in a week. Or there's so much photo shopping, and we get disappointed that our skin doesn't look like that, so we add more product on.