5 Major Skincare Mistakes We All Do That Actually Ruin Our Skin

By: Hanna Haitham

Skin care is a very versatile topic. Everyone has a different type of skin and feels comfortable with different products. Even though there are all these differences, there are several points that we all agree on. In this article I will be pointing out several skin care habits that people promote that are actually really bad for your skin. So, I’m just here debunking some myths and misconceptions. 

1- Applying Coconut Oil To Your Face

Many people assume that since coconut oil is good for your body and hair that it’s good for your face. However, that is not true. Coconut oil is a comedogenic oil, meaning that it can clog pores. This can cause acne. The problem is you are applying a very heavy, pore-clogging oil to skin that may contain dead-skin and bacteria. So,when you apply it and keep it on overnight your face will be very prone to acne-breakouts. While others may argue that coconut oil has acne healing properties, in my opinion it’s not enough to risk potential breakouts. 

2- Exfoliating With a Face Brush

Face brushes are recommended and highly beneficial if they are anti-bacterial. But the problem is that in Egypt they are either unavailable, or you are never sure if you are getting the original product. If you go online and look up an antibacterial face brush and go to find it in soul or any online store. You will find several ones with many different price points. So it’s better to be safe than sorry because if you do get a fake product that isn’t antibacterial, then when you exfoliate your face with it you will be rubbing dead skin and bacteria directly on to your face. That is why I believe it isn’t worth it, but if you have a trusted product then it’s up to you. 

3- People With Oily Skin Don’t Need to Apply Oil

Like everything in skin care you have to use something suitable for your skin type. People with oily skin should use oils, many of them believe that it will worsen their skin and make it more oily. Actually some plant botanical oils are designed specifically for oily skin, and they help regulate sebum levels to balance oils in the skin. 

4- You Don’t Need Sunscreen on Days That Aren’t Sunny

Sunscreen isn’t applied so you can avoid getting a “tan”. While that is one of the reasons it isn’t a main one; it’s applied so you can protect your face from harmful UVA and UVB rays. These rays can cause hyper-pigmentation (your skin has spots with a different color) and premature aging (early wrinkles). That’s why it’s very important to apply sunscreen on all days, it should be a staple in your skin care routine. That being said, you should also treat it like any makeup product, it should be washed thoroughly before going to bed. Because sunscreen contains many ingredients that can prevent your moisturizers from being thoroughly absorbed if you don’t wash it off. 

5- Order Isn’t Important

The order in which you apply your skincare products is very important. In order for you to gain the maximum benefit from the products you’re using you need to follow a certain order in products. In my next article I will explain the correct order, with details and explanations. 

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