7 skincare mistakes that are damaging your skin

Are you assuming that your well-organised beauty routine is improving the look of your skin? Think again. You may be making crucial mistakes that are negatively affecting the appearance of your skin. Here are the seven most common ones:

Over-exfoliating

Exfoliation can be hugely beneficial. As dead skin cells build up on the surface of the skin, they cause the complexion to appear dull and tired. Using an exfoliant is an effective method that removes dead skin cells to reveal smoother, brighter skin. However, over-exfoliating can result in removing too much of the top layer of skin, and damaging the capillaries (tiny blood vessels).

Avoid abrasive scrubs and exfoliants, as they may cause premature ageing of your skin. Instead, use something gentle, like griffin+row Exfoliate, a natural muslin cloth that will not damage your skin.

Sleeping in your makeup

Sleeping in your makeup is a huge no no! Leaving you makeup on overnight will clog your pores, causing spots to form. It can also lead to enlarged pores and skin inflammation. Remove your makeup every evening.

Not getting enough sleep

Not getting enough sleep every night will result in your skin looking dull, pale and prone to dark under eye circles. People require varying amounts of sleep. However, it’s recommended that you try and achieve around 8 hours sleep per night to feel your best.

An unhealthy diet

An unhealthy diet loaded with sugar and bad fats will only contribute to poor skin. In order for your skin to be at its absolute best, you need to make sure you’re eating a healthy, balanced diet, which is rich in vegetables, fruits, oily fish, and nuts. Try to consume foods high in nutrients as these will be highly beneficial for your skin.

Picking at your skin

It’s tempting to want to pick at blemishes and imperfections, but, this could lead to irritation or more long lasting damage.

Not applying SPF

One of the best things you can do for your skin is to apply SPF before you are exposed to the sun. Sun damage is one of the main causes of ageing, so to prevent fine lines and wrinkles, always apply a high SPF.

Using the wrong skincare products

Many skincare products are packed with ingredients that offer no benefit to the skin. Fragrance, colourants and other artificial ingredients can cause irritation, so try to make sure you know what you are putting on your skin. For a natural alternative, griffin+row offers a range of products with no harmful chemicals for healthy, youthful looking skin.