COMMON SKIN CARE MISTAKES

SHAHNAZ HUSAIN

Neglecting to cleanse the skin at night is one of the worst mistakes. The repair- ing, renewing and restoring work of the skin cells take place at night and the skin should be free from make-up, pollutants and other impurities. Use a cleanser according to skin type.
Another common mistake is that most people with oily skin tend to wash their face frequently with soap and water, to reduce the oily look. This is actually a mistake. The soap may be too alkaline in nature and too much soap-and-water washing can dis- rupt the normal acid-alkaline (pH) balance of the skin. This leaves the skin prone to pimples and acne. A healthy skin is slightly more acid than alkaline. In salons too, an oily or even a combination skin should not be given facial massages with oily creams. For normal to oily skin, the salon
treatment should include deep pore cleansing, exfoliation with a scrub, toning and medicated products.A person with oily skin should apply oil-free products, like oil-free matte moisturiser, or gel-based sunscreen.
Another common misconcep- tion is that cream should be applied on the skin at night and left on overnight. First of all, avoid applying nourishing cream for normal to oily skin. Even for nor- mal to dry skin, smothering the skin with cream all night does not help at all. The skin can only absorb that much and no more. In fact, the pores should be free of cream, so that the skin can “breathe.” Whether summer or winter, avoid leaving cream around the eyes all night. This can lead to puffy eyes. Wipe off the cream around eyes gently, after 15 minutes, with moist cot- ton wool.
Avoid using harsh astringent lotions for oily skin. This again
can disrupt the normal balances.
An astringent is useful in summer, especially for oily skin, as it reduces oiliness and prevents clogging of the pores. However, if it is too harsh, mix the astringent lotion with rose water in equal quantities and keep in an airtight bottle in the fridge.
Remember to use a water- proof, broad spectrum sunscreen lotion especially before swimming in an open pool or in the sea.
Remember to re-apply it after an hour. Also remember to shower and rinse off the face and body with water, after a swim. This helps to get rid of chlorine and other chemicals found in the water in a swimming pool.
It is surprising how many peo- ple think that blackheads are col- lections of dirt in the pores. They pinch them with the nails, or wash the face several times a day. A real mistake, as this can infect the skin and lead to acne.
Blackheads are caused by the clogging of the pores with hard- ened oil. The tip, which is exposed, becomes oxidized and turns black; hence the name “blackheads!”
If the skin is oily, dirt and pollu- tants adhere to the skin. So, avoid touching the face with your hands. The hands actually carry germs and bacteria, conveying them to facial skin and leading to eruptive skin problems. In fact, if there is acne, it can get aggravat- ed if you keep touching your face.
So, with a little awareness and appropriate seasonal skin care, you can keep your skin healthy and flawless.