These bad habits that harm our skin

Without realizing it, sometimes every day you are aware of the accumulation of small gestures that, when combined with each other, can undermine the beauty of your face. Over time, your skin tone and glow may suffer, even if you think you are doing well … It’s a pity!

To avoid doing worse than better, follow the advice of our two beauty professionals – beautician Léi Krakovitch and Dr. Rachel Pessis – as they explain to us gestures that should be avoided and those that help save the skin.

Abuse exfoliating products

Mechanical peels (with exfoliating grains) are often very abrasive. If they are very effective in removing dead epidermis on the surface of the epidermis, they should not be used too often, especially with sensitive skin. When it comes to chemical peels, their formula can be very active, especially when it is not intended for daily use.

Right Movement: as a rule, the use of mechanical peels that are too abrasive for the face should be limited. Instead, opt for a chemical peel, the use of which can be adapted to your skin, but also to the formula (daily or not).

Put the phone to her cheek

Your smartphone’s screen, filled with all kinds of bacteria, will transfer them to your skin, the functioning of which may be disrupted, causing inflammation (pimples, blackheads, mouth ulcers, etc.).

Right Movement: use the hands-free kit or the phone’s loudspeaker as often as possible. In the same vein, avoid touching your face without washing your hands first. In the evening, get rid of bacteria and impurities that have settled on it during the day. To do this, use a good cleanser that can trap dirt and then rinse it off, such as micellar water or cleansing milk … A double cleansing ritual that combines the steps of a cleansing oil and a foaming make-up remover.

Changing masks too often

Unless you notice an adverse skin reaction immediately after applying a new cream, there is no reason to change your treatment before a reasonable amount of time has passed. Indeed, by changing too often, not only will you not only certainly not see any effect on your skin, but you also run the risk that the treatments will be less effective as skin renewal may no longer function optimally. Finally, building up too many treatments and thus different active ingredients on the skin in a short period of time means you risk sensitizing your skin and that by not tolerating anything anymore, you will develop an allergic reaction.

Right Movement: test facial treatments for at least 3 to 4 weeks, which is the time for your cell renewal cycleor the equivalent of using a medium-sized cup of cream.

Use the same face and body care

In addition to the SOS version where they can troubleshoot, personal care products should not be used on the face. The needs are not the same and the skin characteristics are different. So forget the soap or shower gel to wash your face and the 2-in-1 body cream that moisturizes the body and face. Especially since very often multifunctional products, while promising a few actions, end up doing nothing right.

Right Movement: give preference to simple treatments, cheap if you can’t keep up with your budget, but which are genuinely dedicated to the area you want to address. The golden rule: one treatment = one action. A basic cleanser, serum and moisturizer, and clay as a weekly mask may suffice.

Applying too much material to the skin at the same time

When too much cream is applied to the skin at once, it has problems absorbing everything and enjoying the benefits of each treatment due to the obscuring effect of previously applied layers.

Right Movement: follow a minimalist routine and take a reasonable dose of material for each treatment (some well thought-out packages deliver the right dose in one click). The use of a doublet on the pretext that we missed the evening will not change anything. If the treatment becomes fluffy after application, this is often a sign that there is too much material on the skin or that the products used are incompatible.

Use dirty cosmetic accessories

Wouldn’t you think about eating from the same plate every evening without washing it? So why do you find it logical to take care of your skin or apply makeup with dirty hands or accessories that are not cleaned regularly and where layers of dirt, bacteria, and cream build up?

Right Movement: gloves, disposable cotton pads, make-up sponges, brushes, tweezers … Clean your cosmetic accessories as regularly as possible. If it would be ideal for you to clean your tools after each use as professionals do, our daily lives do not always allow us to do so. Let’s be gentle: a good cleaning once a week will already be great.

Many thanks to Léa Krakovitch, beautician and founder of the Les Jolies Pommettes Institute, and Dr. Rachel Pessis, cosmetic surgeon and Terraké spokesman.

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