6 Skincare habits to break for flawless skin

Make these changes to your beauty routine and you’ll be rocking a radiant complexion in no time.

Sleeping with your makeup on
Hitting the sheets without removing your makeup does a number on your pillow as well as your skin. All that product on your skin, plus a day’s worth of oil build up, can cause clogged pores and breakouts. So it’s necessary to cleanse your face of all products before you to go bed at night. Go in for a double cleanse if you’ve gone heavy on the makeup and had applied sunscreen.
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We all love squeaky clean skin and exfoliation is a great way to slough off dead skin cells and unclog pores, but be careful how you go about it. Make sure the exfoliator is gentle on your skin and isn’t causing any tears. Also, be careful not to over-exfoliate. Doing so will sap away your skin’s natural oils, making it irritated and dry, leaving you with a dull complexion. Harsh cleansing can also cause breakouts as oil production increases when the skin is too dry. One option is to use a gentler alternative like a light glycolic peel.
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Skipping sunscreen
Without sunscreen your skin will not get the protection it needs. Stock up on a broad-spectrum sunscreen (it shields against both UVA and UVB rays) that’s SPF 30 at the minimum. You need to apply sunscreen on your face and body every day, even if you’re not planning to be out in the sun. If you’re planning to be out under the sun for a longer period of time, reapply the sunscreen every two hours.
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Long hot showers
They might feel amazing and a great way to relax, but those hot showers aren’t doing your skin any good. Hot or very warm showers/baths strip the skin of its natural oils, compromising on the moisture barrier, making dry skin worse. And when skin is very dry, cracks start to appear. So opt for quicker showers with lukewarm water and slather on moisturiser once you’ve patted yourself dry.
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Neglecting the skin around your eyes
The skin under our eyes is very thin and delicate, so it needs a little extra TLC. Rather than dabbing on whatever moisturiser you have lying around, pick an eye cream that’s made to look after this delicate area. Look for ingredients that provide hydration and have anti-inflammatory properties. Start now and you can thank us later.
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Using dirty makeup tools
This one is a no-brainer, but most of us are guilty of putting off washing our makeup brushes and sponges. By doing that we’re essentially layering our face with all the dirt, dead skin cells, and oils present on our dirty tools. These will clog pores and cause breakouts. Something you want to avoid at all costs. Plus, dirty makeup brushes can be a breeding ground for bacteria. So lather up every two to three weeks and wash your brushes and sponges well.
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