LOS ANGELES: December is both the best of times, and the worst of times. The weather is divine, and there is no limit to the weddings and parties one has to attend. However, make-up and the harsh winter air can take its toll on one’s skin. Jill Zander, founder of the Jill Zander Skin Rejuvenation Clinic, lists some common skin-care mistakes people make, and how to avoid them, reports femalefirst.co.uk.
Too Much Moisturiser
If a moisturiser is correctly suited to your skin type, it should feel comfortable on the skin and not leave it feeling greasy or oily. A day moisturiser should always contain an SPF. Night creams should only be used at night as they tend to be richer and don’t contain any sun protection.
Go easy on the exfoliation. Over-exfoliating can lead to redness and irritation, and constantly stripping your skin of its natural oils can actually make skin greasy. Steer clear of exfoliating scrubs that have sharp, uneven grains, for can tear or damage your skin.
Using Anti-Ageing creams before your skin is ready
Don’t use anti-ageing skincare before your skin shows signs of ageing. If you use creams with potent anti-ageing ingredients before your skin needs them, they will either have no effect or a detrimental one.
The wrong face mask
As with moisturisers, select your face mask according to your skin type. For instance, clay-based masks will cause normal-dry skin to flake. If your skin is in need of moisture, select a mask specially made for dry skin.
Come rain or shine; always apply SPF during the day, as the sun is the biggest cause of wrinkles. Wear a daily moisturiser that contains at least SPF 30.
Sleeping in make-up
Sleeping with dirt, oil and makeup on your face can cause acne and enlarged pores. Think of makeup removal as washing away the day’s grime!
Frequently changing products
A very common mistake is changing products too often. It’s really important to try a new product for at least three months to see the true effect it has on the skin, because every skincare regime takes at least 21 days to start having an effect.
Published in The Express Tribune, December 27th, 2013.