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Now that we’ve got that out of the way, I’ll say we dive straight into today’s topic. There are skincare products you should NEVER use, if you want to preserve your skin as long as possible. Even though many influencers endorse these products and swear by them, I’d recommend you shouldn’t waste your money on them, because they will damage your skin overtime.
FIVE SKINCARE PRODUCTS TO AVOID
According to https://www.elle.com/, “Pore strips are strips of material with an adhesive on one side to adhere to and pull out open comedones aka blackheads”.
The problem with using pore strips is that they strip off your skin in the process, leaving the skin susceptible to overpulling and infection. Also, they leave the skin inflamed and red, worsens skincare conditions and can be extremely irritating to people with sensitive or rosacea-prone skin because of the ingredients they contain (Alcohol). Pore strips can also cause tenderness and pus-filled sores.
An alternative to this, is an AHA, which gently exfoliates the skin without causing damage.
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2. Peel off Mask
Just like the Pore strips, a peel off mask usually contains alcohol which can dry out the skin and cause more problems overtime. When you pull your skin repeatedly, which is usually the case when removing the mask, you can cause your skin to lose elasticity which leads to skin sagging.
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3. Face wipes
This is for y’all, makeup lovers. I know you would like to remove your makeup as quickly and comfortably as possible, but be aware that make up wipes damage your skin. They contain harmful chemicals and ingredients that disrupt the pH balance of your skin. In the past, when I used face wipes, I noticed that my skin broke out terribly. And the irony is that face wipes do not thoroughly wipe off your makeup, rather they remove the protective layers of your skin, which can lead to irritation. They also leave oil behind, which can clog the pores and lead to breakouts.
In place of face wipes, use a cleansing oil instead. Face oil removes makeup effectively without causing tears to the skin. However, when using the oil cleansing method, make sure to invest in light oils like jojoba oil, which mimics the sebum of our skin and finish it off with a water cleanser.
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4. Physical exfoliators
Majority of us grew up using physical exfoliators like St. Ives. While this may have worked, it also damaged our skin barriers as well. Any exfoliator that contains grains, scrubs or brush, all exfoliates our skin physically.
The problem with these exfoliants is that they may cause micro-tears in the skin. When you look under the microscope, you will notice that these tears look like the result of a sandpaper to wood.
In place of this, use an AHA EXFOLIANTS. If you must exfoliate your skin physically, then look into kernel exfoliants.
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5. Exfoliating gloves
Now, from my personal experience, I will advise everyone reading this post to run far away from exfoliating gloves. These gloves peeled off a large layer of my skin and left me sore for days. The problem with this exfoliating method is that using it once a week or once a month can lead to infection, bacteria or fungus.
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