There’s so many different ways to take care of our skin, let’s take a minute to talk about how-not to take care of your skin. With so many options being thrown our way, it can be a little overwhelming to know the correct way to go into battle against a surprise blemish or perfect the art of washing your face with so many different devices and step systems on the market. That being said, let’s set your skin up for success by exposing some common myths and mistakes.
1.Washing your face/body with HOT water
This is an all too common mistake most people make, thinking hot water will dissolve all of the day’s make-up of free radicals, dirt or grime. This in the end can actually strip your skin of hydration causing the glands to produce excess oil. Additionally, your skin can become patchy and uneven over time causing you to over exfoliate therefore perpetuating the cycle. Lukewarm water will do the trick just fine and won’t interfere with your skin’s pH levels.
2.Washing your face after using a face mask
The right mask can be a fast track to improving the overall appearance and health of the skin. Infact, ingredients in masks can give your skin up to 300% stronger absorption than traditionally applied serums and moisturizers. That being said, you should always wash your face before applying a mask so clean skin can fully absorb all the benefits without any barriers. Post mask, washing your face is essentially unnecessary. You just fed your skin everything it needs, allow it to rest and absorb what was just applied.
3.Using toothpaste to treat Acne
Toothpaste was a crucial survival tool in middle school and introduced as ACNE 101 by all your middle school “savvy” beauty friends. Heading to the store for a tube of benzyl peroxide was much more effort than squeezing out a drop of toothpaste and moving on with the damn thing. Although this is a mildly effective treatment it’s also causing you a myriad of other issues. The abrasive, morning-breath killing ingredients in toothpaste can create itching and burning to the skin and even prolong acne scars where toothpaste was used to treat. More and more studies show CBD helps calm inflammation, acne’s source. Grab a CBD topical and start spot treating, it’s a great way to have your first mildly non-invasive but highly effective interaction with CBD.
4. Not washing your face at night
We can’t touch base on this one enough. The pollution, natural oils, dirt and sweat that we accumulate during the day gets an opportune moment to fester while we sleep. Our body is made to repair itself while we sleep, skin included. Sleep studies even show a growth hormone is released while we sleep giving the body a chance to recover from the day. The body generally increases temperature between 10 pm - 2 am giving the skin a great moment to absorb proper skincare while we sleep. Withholding this opportunity from your body may result in stressed, tired skin and premature signs of aging.
5. Using a make-up remover in place of washing your face
That all too annoyingly accurate saying, “if it’s too good to be true, it probably is” definitely applies to this failed hack. Sorry, but face wipes are the worst for your skin. Basically what they do is haphazardly move around any makeup, dirt, and dead skin living on your face, leaving a trail of irritated skin over time. According to experts, make up wipes can cause irritation due to preservatives that prevent micro-organisms from contaminating the wipes. Overall, these include formaldehyde-releasing chemicals, solubilizers, surfactants, and emulsifiers. The not so good stuff tucked away inside of makeup wipes is housed in the cleansing ingredient so unless you follow your wipe down moment with a cleanser, you increase your risk of developing inflammation on your skin.
Using CocoCanna as an oil cleanser is a beautiful, clean way to dissolve the day’s work. It dissolves dirt and grime with the antimicrobial power of coconut while calming the skin from any inflammation accumulated throughout the day with hemp extract. Click here to get your skin routine in check now and throw the wipes where they belong, in the recycle bin.