Excess free time sometimes pushes us to do harmful things. We begin to cross-stitch, disassemble cupboard and intensively care for ourselves and the skin.
The latter often has problems. For example, an excessive love of exfoliation can damage the skin’s natural defense against an aggressive environment and daily clay masks can dry it out.
Together with the technological Swedish brand FOREO I recall the often encountered extremes in leaving and tell how not to bump into them from boredom.
Excess with acids
The first mistake of an acid newbie is to neglect the patch test. To do this, according to the instructions, the product must be applied to the wrist or side of the neck and see how the skin behaves after 24 hours.
Other problems include the use of too high concentrations of ANA and BHA acids and exceeding the effective frequency of procedures.
Stop using strong products once or twice a week and try not to combine acids with other active substances – vitamin C and retinol – if your skin is prone to sensitivity.
Overexposure on the skin
For some reason, it is believed that the longer the mask is kept on the skin, the better.
This is not true: the instructions do not just indicate the time of the procedure. Most cream, fabric and clay masks are designed for 20-30 minutes – and this is enough.
If there is no time, technology will come to the rescue. The FOREO UFO 2 smart mask needs only 90 seconds to achieve the salon effect in the home bathroom using cryo-, thermo- and LED-therapy.
Among the benefits of regular exfoliation is the smoothing of the skin, reducing pigmentation and containing acne. But every day is no longer regularity, but fanaticism.
Abuse of scrubs and peeling-skating rinks leads to increased skin sensitivity, redness, and in the long term – thinning of the skin and aggravation of rosacea (if you are prone to it).
If you want to see the effect of scrub, use it no more than once a week. Better replace with soft peeling.
Masks every day
FOREO UFO 2 smart care products can be used at least all week: they are based on serum that does not overload the skin. And the device helps to activate it and enhance the effectiveness of the procedure.
The situation is different with the usual clay or popular coal masks: with daily use, they dehydrate the skin, increase its sensitivity and enhance the production of sebum.
The fabric masks in this hierarchy are somewhere in the middle: most compounds are harmless, but nutritious can be too saturated for every day.
There are too many not only procedures, but also steps in daily care.
The program, which includes makeup remover, washing, tonic, lotion, essence, serum, cream and a night mask, is criticized for possible conflicts of components and in general for redundancy.
Change quantity to quality. One good serum works better than three mediocre tonics and essences.
And remember about regularity: the three stages of care that you repeat over and over again are more effective than 12 from time to time.
Neglect of instructions
LED masks, cleaning brushes, microcurrents and massagers can be suitable for daily use. Moreover, the effect of these devices is noticeable only with stable use.
Of the above, it’s easy to bend the stick unless with washing brushes – they should be used no more than once a day.
In this case, LED therapy has no contraindications: FOREO UFO 2 allows you to work with eight colors of the spectrum, and you can use it at least several times a day.
Although, to notice an effect comparable to similar professional procedures, one is enough.
Facial massage calms, stimulates blood circulation and helps relieve stress accumulated during the day.
And here we have good news: there is no such thing as a too long (or too short) massage. Here, regularity is more important. So feel free to take your favorite oil or cream, turn on the series and get down to business.
The main thing is to keep your hands clean and do not press too hard so as not to stretch the skin and leave bruises.