1. Not Taking Your Makeup Off
While it may be tempting to fall into bed after a long tiring day without removing your makeup, the effects of going to bed with makeup still on can wreak havoc on your skin in both the short and long term. Not taking proper steps to cleanse your skin at the end of the day can lead to breakouts, dull skin, and many dermatologists believe that it can contribute to accelerated skin ageing and the appearance of wrinkles! If you're truly exhausted, it's ok from time to time to resort to face wipes, but try not to make a habit of it and be careful when removing eye makeup not to tug the delicate skin around the eyes.
2. Not Using Post Hair Removal Body Care Products
While hair removal methods have generally become quicker, simpler and longer lasting, it's still important to take care of your skin both before and after to get maximum results. Dry shaving is one of the worst things that you can do to your skin and a lot of shaving creams are quite drying. I recommend using the Nad's Sensitive Hair Removal Crème (RRP $14.95) which contains a soothing honey and chamomile formula that won't dry out or irritate your skin.
It's a good idea to apply a natural, soothing body moisturiser afterwards along with an ingrown hair solution like the Nad's Ingrow Solution (RRP $13.95) to combat any pesky ingrown hairs. The solution contains soothing Green Tea Leaf extract and Aloe Vera along with an exfoliating agent that prevents pores from clogging up and helps to eradicate ingrown hairs.
3. Not Wearing SPF Everyday (and forgetting to reapply!)
With some studies reporting that up to 80% of skin ageing is due to UV rays, the number one thing you can do for your skin is wear sunscreen with a high SPF every day! There are many good quality moisturisers available at all price points that contain high levels of SPF that are also designed to feel light weight, be non-greasy and sit well under makeup. Many makeup products contain SPF but you are unlikely to apply enough product to gain the full SPF protection so it's best to still wear a good quality sunscreen/moisturiser with a high SPF and make sure to re-apply regularly.
4. Not Using The Right Skin Care Products For Your Skin Type
If you're still using the same cleanser, toner and moisturiser you were 5 or more years ago then it's definitely time to switch up your products. Our skin type and needs change as we age and change environments, so what worked for you when you were younger might not be the most beneficial option for your skin any more. If you can it's best to visit a professional beauty therapist who can diagnose your skin type and suggest a skin care regime with suitable products.
5. Not Getting Enough Sleep
All the products in the world can't make up for the effects that your lifestyle has on your skin, and lack of sleep is a common culprit for many common skin woes. A study conducted in 2013 at the University Hospitals Case Medical Center found evidence that links sleep deprivation with premature skin ageing, reduced skin health and a decrease in the skin's ability to recover after sun exposure. If you're struggling to get a good night's sleep, try sleep advocate and CEO of The Huffington Post, Arianna Huffington's advice to initially aim to just get ½ or 1 hour sleep a night extra than what you currently are and slowly increase that number incrementally.
Nad's Hair Removal products are available from selected pharmacies, major supermarkets and retailers. For further information please visit www.nads.com.au or phone Nad's Consumer Information Line 1800 352 626.