Is Your Beauty Regime Harming Your Skin?

Is Your Beauty Regime Harming Your Skin?

Chances are, after a while, your skincare and beauty routine become a habit of sorts. You use the same products on a daily basis, in the same order, at relatively the same time. Why change something that seems to be working just fine? Although your routine may seem to be working, there is a chance it could be wreaking havoc on your skin. If your routine contains any of the following steps, you may want to change it up a bit.


Believe it or not, exfoliating can cause a few different problems. Over exfoliating can buff away too much of the top skin layer. This is harmful because the top layer is the protective barrier of your skin. Over exfoliating can allow toxins into the skin, and also makes you more susceptible to sun damage. Over exfoliating can also speed up oil production, which can cause breakouts. The face should only be exfoliated two times per week, three at the most.

Not Cleansing Properly

Not removing your makeup after a long day is one of the worst habits you can fall into. Leaving makeup on clogs pores and oil glands, causing breakout and dullness. It can also cause pores to look enlarged. If you are diligent about removing your makeup, but are not using the right facial cleanser, your skin could also be in danger. Your cleanser should have ingredients such as antioxidants, salicylic acid, and witch hazel.

Applying Products in the Wrong Order

Products with a thinner consistency should be applied before those with a thicker consistency. Products that are heavier and creamier can create a barrier, meaning the thinner products will never reach the skin.

Popping Pimples

When we squeeze pimples, we tend to squeeze from the sides. This can allow infections to penetrate deeper into the pores. Instead of popping a pimple, wash your face with a clean cloth. If a pimple is ready to pop, the pressure of the cloth will take care of it. Popping pimples is not the only habit that causes damage. Playing with your face, any type of squeezing or scratching can cause wrinkles and scars.

Taking care of your skin is an important part of your daily routine. In order to ensure that your routine is actually benefiting your face and not harming it is even more important. If your routine contains any of the above steps, it’s time for a change. If you have any questions or concerns regarding skin care products or routines feel free to contact us or schedule a visit to Richard Francis Salon in Ashland, MA. Our stylists and make-up artists are here to help.