Its halloween month! scary skincare habits you need to stop...now.

It's October, which means its Halloween season (yay!). For many of us, this means dressing in a scary costume, slapping on some fake blood and watching countless You Tube videos to try and recreate our favourite Halloween makeup look. But what’s even scarier than a ghostly, ghastly makeup look? It’s what they can do to your skin! We break down the scaaaaariest skincare habits you need to stop NOW!

using dirty makeup brushes

It’s always easy to put off cleaning your makeup brushes and sponges, but a dirty brush or sponge can really harm your skin. Besides accumulating old makeup, used brushes and sponges can carry dirt and dust, face oil, and whatever you may spray in your bathroom which can lead to breakouts! Sponges have the additional problem of mould and even bugs (gross!) Dirty beauty tools can cause skin irritations, acne, and sometimes serious infections. Set aside one day every week to clean your brushes and sponges and see your breakouts improve!

over-cleansing

Just because you scrub your skin rigorously doesn’t mean you’re cleansing it effectively. While it may feel nice, it can disrupt your skin’s barrier function and cause your face to overproduce oil, making it just as bad as under-cleansing. Be wary of harsh scrubs that can damage the skin and instead use a daily cleanser formulated with Salicylic Acid like our Breakout Clearing Foaming Wash to rid your skin of excess oils, without over-drying

overloading on products
There are so many products that promise they’ll make your skin soft, clear, healthy, etc. It can be hard to choose between the dozens of options, and you may start to think that using more products is better. However, when using a bunch of different products, the best-case scenario is that the active ingredients cancel each other out. The worst-case scenario? Doubling up on products could cause irritation or even skin damage. To keep your skin healthy, use products from the same line which work with each other to clear your skin.

forgetting to put on sunscreen
While we all know sunscreen is important for protecting against sunburns and skin cancer, sunscreen can also protect against photoaging. Using SPF daily ( even during the winter) can stave off the wrinkles, spots, and loss of elasticity caused by exposure to the sun’s ultraviolet radiation. Anytime you are out in the sun, you should make sure to wear moisturiser with SPF to protect against these harmful UVA/UVB rays. And remember, just because you have darker skin or tan easily does not mean you are protected. Start using that sunscreen now so you’ll have beautiful, clear skin in 40 years.

going to bed with makeup on
We've all been there. You get home late, and the last thing you want to do is wash your face. So, is sleeping with your makeup on that bad? Uh, yeah! Sleeping in your makeup can result in unnecessary exposure to the free radicals in the environment, which the makeup holds on to. Free radicals cause the breakdown of healthy collagen, which results in fine lines on the skin. Each night you sleep with your makeup on, pores become more clogged and attracts acne-causing bacteria to your pores.

only taking care of your face
While your face is important, you should not forget the rest of your skin, including your neck and chest. All the things that damage your face can damage the rest of your skin, leaving wrinkles, sunspots, acne, and more. Start using serums or lotions down your neck and chest now to avoid serious damage later in life.

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