Don't do it: top 5 skincare routines that are a waste of money

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How to properly care for your skin to preserve youthfulness

The beauty industry is full of products and procedures that promise us flawless skin and eternal youth. However, not all of them are really effective.

Some facial treatments not only fail to deliver the desired result, but can also be harmful. SheFinds has revealed the 5 most common mistakes that can have a bad effect on your skin.

Makeup remover wipes

When it comes to removing makeup after a long day, there's no doubt that makeup remover wipes can be a quick and easy solution. However, prolonged use of them as your primary makeup remover can lead to dryness, irritation, and faster wrinkle formation.

It is better to use cotton pads and a mild face wash.

Excessive exfoliation with salicylic and glycolic acids

Using facial scrubs and acids to exfoliate dead skin cells is a really important step in skin care. However, you shouldn't do it too often.

Excessive scrubbing can damage the skin's protective barrier and cause dryness, irritation, and contribute to the appearance of wrinkles.

You should exfoliate your skin only once or twice a week with polyhydroxy acids. The most common ones are hyaluronic acid, polyglutamic acid, aloe vera, and glycerin. They moisturize the skin and form a kind of protective film that helps restore elasticity and smooth fine lines and wrinkles.

Cleansing with sodium lauryl sulfate

Sodium lauryl and sodium laureth sulfate (SLS) are found in numerous detergents, as well as in face and body washes. These compounds have strong cleansing properties that help remove oil and dirt from the skin.

However, they can also irritate sensitive skin and cause itching, dryness, and redness. Therefore, it is better to prefer gentle cleansers with a balanced pH.

Applying skin care products with fragrances

We all like pleasant aromas, so it's not uncommon for manufacturers to add synthetic fragrances to moisturizers, body lotions, and face washes. These may seem like a nice bonus, but in reality, if used frequently, they can be harmful to dry, aging, and acne-prone skin.

Fragrances can also cause irritation and allergic reactions in some people, including those with asthma.

When purchasing skin care and cleansing products, look for beneficial ingredients such as hyaluronic acid, shea butter, ceramides, glycerin, and other natural oils. In addition, look for products that are non-comedogenic and free of fragrances or other potential irritants.

Complete skin fasting

If you're a frequent visitor to social media, you may have heard of the term "skin fasting." It involves taking a break from your current skincare routine to allow your skin to rest and reboot. It is believed that this will allow your skin to function naturally without relying on any skincare products. However, giving up absolutely all cosmetics can be dangerous.

Under no circumstances should you stop using sunscreen and a gentle cleanser. SPF is perhaps the most important skin care product at any age

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