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Are you making these common skincare mistakes? Stop now! They are making your products less effective

Your skincare could do much more, if you right these wrongs

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Whenever we buy a new skincare product, we are filled with hope. Hopeful that it will work miracles for our skin, transforming it into a perfect complexion in an instant.

But the shine wears off pretty quickly when we don’t see the effects we hope for and soon, we’re on the hunt for some new elixir with even more hopeful claims.

Sounds familiar? Then you need to pause and reflect. Are you doing your part to bring the most out of your skincare? Read on to see if you’re making these 5 mistakes and change your ways so that all your skincare can work better for you.


#1. You don’t apply the right amount


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Skincare should always be applied in a thin layer on your skin, and it should absorb quickly and be imperceptible after it goes on, be it creams or serums or lotions. If you stinge on it and stretch it too thinly, you get a fraction of its promised benefits, or nothing at all.

On the other hand, if you apply too much, especially if it has active ingredients like retinols and AHAs, you could be causing skin irritation.


#2. You don’t exfoliate

It’s simple, you need to spring clean every now and then to make way for the good and new stuff. That’s exactly what exfoliating does for your skin, it gets rids of the top dead skin layer so that whatever you apply on top can work its way into your skin layers and yield its benefits. Use a grainy scrub, an exfoliating pad, or an at-home peel every three days to a week, or try a daily scrub wash – a facial wash with milder exfoliating particles so that you can use it every day.


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