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Evening skin care mistakes

Evening skin care mistakes
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Taking great care of your skin during the day with things like moisturiser and sunscreen is important, but what you do before hitting the hay (aka your night time skin care routine) is equally significant. Here’s what you should avoid to keep your complexion clear.

Not washing your face

Not washing your face
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The number one skin sin is simply going to bed without giving your face a good wash. “Even if you do not wear makeup you should wash your face nightly,” says dermatologist, Dr Desmond Shipp. “Your skin is going through a repairing and rebuilding phase during the night time and debris such as dust, smoke, and skin care products can clog your pores leading to worsening acne.”

Read on for the things you should never do to your skin, according to dermatologists.

Skimping on sleep

Skimping on sleep
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There is really such a thing as beauty sleep – and getting less than six hours of snooze time at night gives your skin less time to repair itself – which can lead to more wrinkles, an ashy complexion, and those dark circles under your eyes. Not getting enough sleep could also increase inflammation and stress hormones, aggravating skin conditions like acne.

Find out how to sleep better and live longer here.

Choosing the wrong anti-ageing cream

Choosing the wrong anti-ageing cream
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“The majority of anti-ageing creams are still based on moisturisers such as mineral oil,” says plastic surgeon, Dr Manish Shah. “Wrinkles look worse when they are dry, so any kind of moisturiser helps, but many only improve things temporarily and don’t address the root cause of the wrinkles, such as collagen loss, free radical damage, sun damage and environmental factors. Unless there is an actual ‘active ingredient’ such as retinol, the benefit is just moisture and nothing else.”

Not changing your pillowcases regularly

Not changing your pillowcases regularly
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Sleeping on the same pillowcase night after night could expose your skin to some pretty nasty stuff, such as bacteria, sloughed-off skin and sweat. Dr Shipp recommends changing your pillowcase at least weekly – more often if you’re acne-prone.

Don’t miss these sneaky reasons you’re having an acne breakout.

Leaving on your makeup

Leaving on your makeup
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While dermatologists always stress that washing your face before bed is a must-do, they’re especially adamant about clearing off every trace of makeup every night. “You should never sleep with makeup on your skin,” Dr Shipp says. “You’re essentially setting yourself up for an acne eruption.”

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Skipping moisturiser

Skipping moisturiser
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Moisturiser helps every skin type – not just people with dry or ageing skin. If you have oily or acne-prone skin, look for a formulation that’s made for you – some formulations contain ingredients that can help you battle acne and keep your skin looking dewy.

Check out these dos and don’ts of autumn and winter makeup.

Using a plain old cotton pillowcase

Using a plain old cotton pillowcase
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Upgrading your pillowcase to a silk or satin one could do wonders for your face and hair. “I recommend silk pillowcases as they are less abrasive to the skin,” says Dr Shipp. “They are also breathable, hypoallergenic and less irritating.”

Over-cleaning your skin

Over-cleaning your skin
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Too much of a good thing could be damaging to your skin. “Most patients over-cleanse their skin, compromising the moisture barrier and microbiome of the skin’s natural protective layer,” says facialist, Graceanne Svendsen. “When the helpful, natural bacteria is cleansed off, we are more susceptible to infections, breakouts and parched looking skin.”

Not being mindful of the humidity

Not being mindful of the humidity
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Dry air – whether in arid desert climates or the heated air in a house once cold weather hits – can really do a number on your skin. Dermatologists recommend putting a humidifier in your bedroom to make it easier for your skin to maintain its moisture levels.

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