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Thursday, June 11, 2015

SKINCARE TALK WITH BOLA AKINBOADE-BELLO: SOME SKIN CARE ROUTINE WE ARE NOT DOING RIGHT


Most of us have a skincare routine that we stick to out of habit — it’s all about a repetition of steps you have to do day in and day out. But what if you are actually repeating the wrong steps? Let’s quickly take a tour around the basics of skincare and if eventually your daily routine falls into any of the “A-LIST” arrangement we have here.

OVER EXFOLIATING
It’s tempting but highly damaging in the long term to buff away too much of your top skin layer. “You’re actually removing the protective barrier that your skin has, which is actually a wrong thing to do. Once removed, your skin is exposed to environmental toxins and sun damage, causing aging.” Exfoliate two to three times a week, max.

EXFOLIATING AWAY OILY SKIN
This is rather not possible, People think that if they exfoliate with different scrubs they’ll eliminate issues like oily skin, but when your skin is over-scrubbed, the oil production actually speeds up because skin’s natural repair mechanism is put into overdrive.”  Again, two to three times per week is sufficient for exfoliation.


FALLING INTO BED WITH YOUR MAKEUP ON
You can be forgiven for that one drunken night, but it can’t be a habit. “Not removing your makeup for the night clogs your pore and oil glands, the truth remains that when makeup becomes impacted in pores, it makes them appear larger. Once your collagen levels decline, the pore won’t snap back as easily once it has been enlarged. Plus! it leads to inflammation.

PICKING AT YOUR FACE 
Almost all of us have that natural feeling we shouldn’t do this, but lots of us do it anyway. “Anytime you pick or pull at your skin, you are causing damage and creating irritation, scars and wrinkles, Just stop.

NOT CLEANSING PROPERLY
You may be diligent in makeup removal, but are you using the right cleanser to put your skin in optimal condition for overnight renewal? Look for a cleanser that contains the right ingredients. Things like antioxidants for protection, salicylic acid to help clear your pores, and witch hazel, which acts as a natural astringent.

USING DIRTY MAKEUP BRUSHES
Yes, it’s doing more damage to your skin than you think. “Invest in a brush cleaner, especially for your foundation brush, keeping your brushes clean every day will ensure no dirt and old makeup buildup is going to affect your skin.

NOT APPLYING PRODUCTS IN THE CORRECT ORDER
One of the keys to maximizing the benefits of the products in your regimen is to apply products with a thinner consistency before the thicker, creamier ones — no matter what their active ingredients are. Products with heavier consistencies can block lighter weight ones from penetrating the skin and doing their job.

OVER-USING ALL OF YOUR PRODUCTS(NOT JUST EXFOLIANTS)
Just like over-scrubbing, over-using your cleanser or retinol products also compromises your skin’s natural protective oil. It isn’t necessary to cleanse in the morning and the evening, the evening cleanse is crucial to removing dirt, oil and makeup, but during sleep, the oils that your skin produces are hydrating and balancing, so they shouldn’t be washed away in the morning, buffing skin with a wet cotton washcloth in the morning instead of another round of cleanser.

POPPING PIMPLES
We know you’ll do it sometimes, but it’s still a bad idea for your skin overall. “When a dermatologist drains a pimple they apply downward pressure, but when people try to do it themselves, they squeeze from the side which ends up backfiring because it causes infection to go down deeper into the pore. Washing your face with a clean washcloth if the pimple is ready to pop, this is all the pressure needed to drain it.

SLEEPING WITH YOUR HAIR OUT AT NIGHT
“Many people have perimeter and forehead breakouts due to the oil and hair care products that they use — especially those with long hair or bangs. Pull all of your hair off your face and clip your bangs back before bed.

(Bola Akinboade-Bello is a lifestyle blogger, fashion designer and beauty therapist/cosmetologist. She started her journey into the fashion and beauty industry as a model in 1999 and modelled for top fashion and beauty brands. In March 2006, she joined City People Media Group as a style writer, and rose with a short period to become the Fashion Editor. Her clothing line, Betyl BAT Clothing and Accessories and natural skincare range, Chanterelle Skincare, are doing great in the market)

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