by: Dominique Flournoy
Hey beauties! It can be frustrating after spending money on a skincare routine and your skin hasn’t made any progress still! You may be wondering, “What is going on” or “why is this not working for me” we understanding beauty. You’re probably thinking. How can washing my face be complicated? You’ve been told to wash your face twice a day and that’s it. Get a pretty smelling cleanser and a moisturizer and voila you’re all set. That’s not true beauty! We want to help you here at The Butter Bar Skincare with some tips of things to avoid doing when trying to improve your skin.
1. Make Sure You are Using the Correct Water Temperature
If you’re thinking that your oily skin will only benefit from hot water oh boy you’re seriously mistaken. Hot water can cause irritation, dry skin, and blood vessel to rupture. Ice cold water can be just as bad. Instead, always choose lukewarm water to wash your face and you'll start seeing results.
We get it beauty, you’re rushing to make it to that virtual Yoga class and the idea of removing your makeup is too much of a hassle. Remember the last time your mascara, eyeliner, and eyeshadow ran into your eye sockets? Crazy uncomfortable right? Worse, all that grime, makeup and sweat gets trapped in your pores, which creates epic breakouts. Not worth it right? Take a couple of minutes to wash your face and when you get home do a thorough cleanse. It is so worth it! Try using one of our oil based double cleansers that are great make up removers.
3. Take Your Time Washing Your Face.
Think of washing your face as part of your “self-care” routine and take this time to show your skin some TLC. It’s about loving yourself by making time for you. Take your time massaging your cleanser into your face without scrubbing. Make sure nothing is left behind especially around your temples, forehead, and neck.
4. Read Your Ingredients Before Purchase
Deciphering which ingredients to avoid can be tough, especially when you can’t even pronounce them; how are you supposed to remember which ones to avoid! There’s so many out there. One of the most common ingredients to avoid is parabens. Parabens are chemicals (methylparabens, propylparabens, butylparabens, and ethylparabens) used as preservatives in almost all your skin care products; shampoo, makeup, cleansers, lotions, the list goes on. They’ve been linked to breast cancer, and they also act as a hormone disruptor. Yikes!
5. Make Sure that You are Not Over or Under Exfoliating!
Over exfoliating can lead to dryness, irritation, inflammation and even infection. On the flip side not exfoliating will result in dull, clogged skin that is more prone to acne and dryness. In addition you’re not reaping the benefits of your serums and moisturizers because all those dead skin cells are getting in the way of absorption. Once you start exfoliating, the results are often fast and immediate: fewer blackheads and pimples; a smooth texture and even tone; and best of all, a fresh-faced glow. Listen to your skin. All exfoliates are not created equally. Exfoliate once to twice a week.
Having a great skin care routine isn’t complicated. With so much skincare advice it can get confusing to figure out what to and what not to do. Yes, we have busy schedules, late night partying, or maybe we’re using the wrong products. With summer around the corner make sure your skin is protected and ready. And remember beauties, having a consistent skin care routine will help you achieve that flawless skin you’d be wishing for. You are so worth it!