6 common mistakes that cause skin damage

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How to avoid flare-ups and skin issues

New Idea Beauty Editor WHO and New Idea / December 20 2017

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

The Body Shop Aloe Calming Facial Cleanser


Don’t skimp on moisturiser

Every skin type needs daily moisture. It protects the skin against the environment and locks in hydration, keeping skin supple and soft through the day. Hobson recommends an oil-free formula for those with oily skin. Try Ego QV Face Ultra Calming Moisturiser.

Ego QV Face Ultra Calming Moisturiser

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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.