Men and skincare had never been on the same boat ever; they are zillion years apart from each other. The actual truth is men have more rough and oily skin than women. But according to a recent stat, 49% of Indian men tend to take care of their skin and buy grooming products for them. Although the taboo is slowly vanishing and men are taking good care of their skin, many of you don’t know the process and the probability is that you are damaging your skin. In this article, we are going to talk about the 10 biggest skincare mistakes, that you do daily and destroying your skin eventually.
1. Wrong Skin type Product
There are 5 types of skin types - oily, dry, normal, combination, and sensitive. Without knowing your skin type if you are using an opposite product on your skin, it will have an adverse effect, like if your skin is oily and you are using dry skin products, you will be prone to acne and pimples. Similarly, if you are using oily skin products on dry skin, your skin will dry up even further leading to itching and rashes. It is very important to use the products according to skin type.
2. Showering with Hot Water
If you are daily showering with warm water, it is bad not only for your skin but also for your hair and body stamina. Warm water damages hair follicles and decreases your energy output for the day significantly. Coming to the skin problem, it mops out all the essential oils and sebum from your face which provides the natural skin glow. Also, it opens the skin pores and increases the chances of acne and pimples.
3. Trimming & Shaving Gone Wrong
The best time to trim and shave is during the night as when you trim or shave, your skin pores are vulnerably open and exposing them to the dirt and pollution outside causes acne. If you want to shave during the day, then splash your face with cold water after shaving as this closes the pores. Also, use proper shaving cream before shaving. The majority of you use water to shave and save time exposing your skin too, skin cuts and tears. If you are going to the barber for shaving and trimming, then wash your face immediately after coming home as the chances of contamination for skin diseases are high.
4. Face in Contact of Dirty Clothes
Often in our busy lives, we forget to change our handkerchiefs and towels and reuse them again and again. All the sweat, dirt and bacteria that you have wiped the previous day will get to your skin again and block the pores causing whiteheads and blackheads. Our skin spends 7-8 hours daily on the pillow, so, it is also important to change your pillow covers at least once a week so that skin hygiene is maintained. Also, our skin cells rejuvenate during our sleep cycle.
5. Sunscreen Myth
The most basic myth about sunscreen is that it should be used only when the sun is up. Use sunscreen every day be it winter, monsoon, or summer. It is true that during monsoon and winter, the sun is not so active, but again, the UV rays are active throughout the day. Sunscreen protects your skin from the harmful radiations of UV rays Sun which causes skin cancer, tans, and dark spots.
6. Too Much Product and Pressure
Don’t use too much product, apply it as recommended on the back of the bottle. Applying too much would never give the desired result in one day. Instead, you are damaging your skin cells with the concentration. Also, using a hard approach to apply the product is bad. Apply the product in circular motions and gently. After washing, tap using your towel gently and don’t rush it. Rushing and rough usage cause micro-tears on the skin which causes itchiness and your glow vanishes.
7. Hindered Sleep-Cycle
This generation is obsessed with late-night binges, games and chats which hinders your sleep cycle a lot. Long refreshing sleep is always better for you instead of sleeping in parts. Skin rejuvenates during your sleep, and if you are not giving time for rejuvenation, no matter how costly products you apply, how much you use face masks, home-made products or workout, your skin will be as dull as it was and will become duller and more damaged with time.
8. Products with Artificial Colors and Fragrance
The more bright the colour and fragrance, the more is the number of chemicals and preservatives in the product. This is really bad for your skin as they block the pores, fluctuate the oil production of your skin, cause acne, whiteheads and irritation. Try to use products with fewer chemicals and more natural ingredients. Home-made ones are the best if you have enough time.
9. Bad Diet
Diet is the answer to everything. A good diet keeps your whole body healthy and functioning. Eating too many sweets, fried foods, maida, and dairy products damage your skin really bad. We are not telling you to abandon your favourite snacks but to have control over the intake. You will see the results yourself.
10. Raw Home-Remedies
Always remember, while going for the home remedies, use a base product for the mixture and minimize the concentration of the raw product, for example, lemons are good for skin but raw lemon juice is not. It will damage your skin. If you want to use lemon juice for your skin, use besan as a base product and then apply. The same goes for tomato, baking soda, vinegar and other home products. Always follow the base product rule while applying them.
Follow these preventions and you will see, how easily your dull skin gets back its natural glow and glamour. A pro tip to prevent skin damage is patch testing of products. Your skin is sensitive to many products. Hence, apply a small amount of the product on the skin of your hand and see how your skin reacts to it. To know what your skin type is, feel free to contact us. Our team would be more than happy to help you in this journey of self-care and self-growth.