How to avoid flare-ups and skin issues
We’ve enlisted skin expert, Emma Hobson, Education Manager for the International Dermal Institute and Dermalogica, to share her ultimate beauty don’ts. Follow these steps to help get better skin in no time.
Don’t over exfoliate
We really only need to exfoliate our face once or twice a week. “Exfoliant junkies can cause increased sensitivity and inflammation to the skin on the face,” says Hobson. Over-exfoliating can also lead to dehydration, premature ageing and pigmentation. Try Trilogy Gentle Facial Exfoliant.
Don’t get sunburnt
A bad burn can increase your risk of skin cancer, and heighten the effects of premature ageing. “Wear SPF 30-50 sunscreen 365 days a year,” says Hobson. Try Little Urchin Natural Sunscreen.
Don’t pop pimples
“Picking or squeezing a spot will only make it worse. It spreads the infection, which can lead to more spots,” claims Hobson. On top of that, it can also cause permanent pigmented scarring. Try Paula’s Choice Clinical Scar-Reducing Serum.
Don’t forget to cleanse
Aim to cleanse in the morning and evening. “Not cleansing will lead to dull skin with rough texture. It can also increase sensitivity, dehydration, congestion and breakouts,” says Hobson. Try Dermalogica PreCleanse Balm.
Don’t use soap
Always opt for a soap-free facial wash. “Soap strips the skin of much-needed oils and natural moisture,” notes Hobson. It’s a known sensitiser due to its alkaline pH. Try The Body Shop Aloe Calming Facial Cleanser.
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For more skin care advice from the New Idea beauty team, head over to newidea.com.au
Are you currently making any of these mistakes? Do you have any of your own skin care tips to add?
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Previously from an advertising background, Toni has been working in editorial and beauty at Pacific Magazines for the past five years, and is currently working across Who and New Idea, two of the top five best-selling weeklies in the country. Toni loves being able to make the beauty world seem accessible to the working woman, particularly for those who are time-restricted. As a working Mum, she’s constantly searching for easy beauty and skincare routines on a budget.