Skin sabotage

We tell you four ways you're probably sabotaging your skin

1. You choose skin care products based on what your friends use

Getting recommendations from a beauty buff friend is great brunch conversation, but what may work for someone else skin care wise, may not work for you.

“Our skin is so unique to us, and even friends who have the same skin type may not have the same concerns such as wrinklessun damage or pigmentation. All skin types need a cleanser, moisturiser, sun block and ‘active products’, but what products you use will change based on your personal skin characteristics. Our skin type can also tell us what we need to stay away from, for example toners, abrasive exfoliants and astringents should be avoided by those with dry skin.”

Visit the clinic for a complimentary skin care consultation with our skin expert Alani Fowler, who can assess your skin type, age and skin’s needs. Call reception on 03 9826 4966 to book or use the form below.

2. You’re too tired to wash your face before you sleep

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Just because you're exhausted doesn't mean you get out of cleaning your skin.

"Not washing your face leads to a buildup of oil and dirt, which ultimately causes breakouts, excessive oil, dull skin, clogged pores and even bacterial infections. Use a cleanser based on your skin type, or if even water is too much hassle douse a cotton ball with a cleanser that doesn't need to be rinsed off, like Bioderma Sensibio H2O Solution Micellaire Cleanser.”

3. You don’t clean your make up brushes enough

They become caked with make up residue, oil and dead skin cells, becoming breeding grounds for bacteria.

“As long as your skin is clear and you aren’t dealing with any allergies or infections, wet wash your brushes once a week and use a spray cleanser every few days. Use a mild soap free wash or even better invest in a specialised makeup brush shampoo and conditioner. Mix with lukewarm water to wet wash, and let your brushes air dry over the sink”.

4. You’re not a germ-a-phone

Riddled with bacteria, our phones are usually with us all hours of the day (don’t deny you’ve used your mobile in a bathroom). We type on them with dirty fingers then hold our phone up to our face to chat.

“Phones are generally pretty filthy and the dirt and bacteria transferred from them to your face can clog your pores, causing acne. Give your phone a swipe each day with an anti-bacterial wipe, and opt for earphones or a headset when you chat.”

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