17 Feb 2020
Is your skincare routine working for you?

The importance of a good skincare routine cannot be overstated. In addition to keeping your skin clean and healthy, it also ensures your skin is hydrated and gets the nutrients it needs to have that special glow. Not to mention that it also helps maintain your youth. However, you may have found that you still experience skin blemishes and imperfections despite maintaining a regular skincare regimen. Here are a few reasons why your skincare routine may not be working as intended.

Be consistent with your routine

Think of skincare like a gym routine – you might not notice any difference if you miss a day or two, but the results add up and hit you like a train! Although it might be a chore at times to go through the entire skincare routine, you should always cleanse, exfoliate, hydrate and nourish your skin as per schedule. This ensures that your skin not only retains its glow and youthful appearance, but also stays healthy and delays signs of aging.

Change your pillowcase often

If you don’t regularly change your pillowcase, it will become a home for dead skin, bacteria, sweat and dirt in no time at all! If you’re sleeping on an unclean pillowcase, these foreign substances come into contact with your skin and it’s no surprise if you start developing acne and other skin blemishes on your face. Change your pillowcase at least once a week and be sure to have spares on hand during wash days to ensure your skin isn’t affected. 

Don’t trust exaggerated claims

We’ve all seen those ads that promote “amazing” skincare products that will shave 10 years off your age or restore your youthful appearance overnight. There’s a very good chance that these claims are highly exaggerated. There isn’t, and most likely will never be, a single product that will miraculously solve your skin woes in an instant. There’s a reason why it’s called a skincare routine and not a skincare solution! Most people will require multiple skincare products, all of which are responsible for different aspects of skin health and appearance. If you still don’t know which skincare products work best for you after trying out several, consider consulting a dermatologist who will be able to recommend a suitable routine for you to follow.

Wash off your makeup 

After a long hard day at work, it’s tempting to simply get out of your work garb and crash in bed right away. However, you absolutely must wash your make-up off before going to sleep, no matter what. Your skin absorbs whatever is on it, so don’t be surprised to wake up with skin blemishes and blotches if you don’t regularly cleanse your face before going to bed. On most days, you should try to thoroughly wash your face and apply a moisturiser before getting some shut eye. If you are simply too tired to go through the entire process, try to clean your face with a gentle cleanser at the very least to get most of the makeup off.

Caleb Khew
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