21 July 2014
Do you have an established skincare regime that you follow to a tee? Skin experts have discovered that some of our daily skincare habits might actually be doing more harm than good. Here are the skin sins they recommend avoiding to help give your skin the best chance of being healthy.
- Buying medicines with no knowledge of their effects
Dermatologist Dr Shefali Trasi Nerurkar warns against buying over-the-counter medicines to treat skin conditions, saying: “Every individual has a different skin type. Hence, any treatment cannot be standardised”. Instead, you should book an appointment with a skin expert to discuss the best needs for your skin type.
- Opening your pores with steam
Although you can use steam to help open your pores and rid your skin of its impurities, Dermatologist Dr Apratim Goel says that this should not be done at home. Why? Well, your skin requires preping beforehand and the steam needs to be a certain temperature, otherwise you risk burning your face and causing your skin to become dehydrated.
- Washing your face with hot water
Dr Trasi says: “Hot water removes all oils present in the skin and as a result, the natural moisturisation is lost with it” – so try to avoid using hot water when bathing and cleaning your face.
If you suffer from excessive facial hair, it can be extremely embarrassing and there is the temptation to use wax to remove it. Doing so however, can not only cause pain but may also lead to the early development of wrinkles, due to the treatment tugging at your delicate skin. Dr Goel recommends using Laser Hair Removal to treat thick, dark hair – this treatment is quick, relatively painless and won’t damage your skin.
- Using a razor on facial hair
Women should never use a razor to remove unwanted facial hair. Doing so makes the hair grow back darker and thicker than before. Instead, it is recommended that you book a course of Laser Hair Removal treatment. The laser can be matched to your skin and hair type and will slow down hair regrowth and may even remove your unwanted facial hair permanently – far better than having to shave every day.
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