Skincare Mistakes

I'm no stranger to the challenge that sticking to a regular skincare routine presents. When you've fallen asleep on the couch on a Friday night after a long, tiring week, the last thing that you want to do is stand up in front of the bathroom mirror and engage in a lengthy cleanse. I understand why many women, my mom included, turn to wipes to remove their makeup on the nights when they can't be bothered. Whether you're a flannel and cleansing balm fan or appreciate the ease of use of wipes and cleansing waters, you probably know how important it is to take the time to remove your makeup at the end of the day.

Or do you?
I recently had one of my sister's friends ask me why she was having breakouts. When I followed up with questions about her skincare routine, I expected to hear something about her taking off her makeup at night at the very least, but I ended up with an answer that surprised me. Although she used to remove her makeup, when she ran out of the product that she used to do it, she stopped taking off her makeup at night and slept in it. She looked rather guilty as she admitted this to me, so I'm sure she knew that dirt and oil build up couldn't be good for her skin, but she was still confused enough about the state of her face that she came to me with her questions.

This experience made me wonder: does everyone really know how important it is to take care of your skin when you wear makeup by removing it properly at night?

As much as we hear about clogged pores, exfoliation, cleansing, and toning from big beauty brands in their advertisements, there can sometimes be a disconnect between you and the television screen holding that message. Most advertisements are trying to sell you a large, expensive skincare system, so it's hard to believe that the advertising executives that put it together really know anything about your skin. So, from a girl who has nothing to gain from you taking a wipe to your face and removing your foundation, take this as a reminder to grab another wipe out of that package (or go out and buy a pack, although it would be best to use an actual cleanser - baby steps) and go around your face one more time. You might be surprised at what you'll find.

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