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Susan Evans, MD posted:
Dear Readers,

Wintertime is rough on our skin.

The skin on our face suffers as much, if not more than the rest of our body. It is constantly exposed to the elements, and is especially susceptible to improper care. Here are some of the most common mistakes women make when caring for their facial skin:
  • Overcleansing. I'm not sure if this tendency starts in our teens, when acne seems to be most prevalent, but in a misguided attempt to avoid those blemishes, many people turn to harsher and harsher cleansers. Stop doing this. Most of the time, it is best to use the mildest cleanser that will do the job. Using a soft washcloth with a mild cleanser is usually adequate to remove all traces of dirt and/or makeup from your face. Try to avoid using products that have alcohol listed in the ingredients. This works to dry the skin, almost too much.
  • Exfoliating. While removing dead skin cells will certainly give your face a beautiful glow, it is pretty easy to be too aggressive when it comes to exfoliation. Most women should only consider exfoliating once a week unless they have a condition that causes them to shed skin cells more rapidly than normal. Overdoing the exfoliation will leave your skin inflamed and more rough than you want.
  • Going to bed with makeup on. This is the biggest no-no for women, and yet I hear it all the time, "I was so tired, I figured it didn't matter." I have heard that going to bed with makeup on can lead to premature aging of your skin. While I don't have any scientific data to back this up, not cleaning your face before bedtime can lead to a buildup of makeup in your skin cells, leading to clogged pores, blemishes, and dull and dry skin.
  • Overmoisturizing. Your skin tells on you. If you're dehydrated, our facial skin will be one of the first places you'll notice it, especially your lips. It certainly makes sense to try to moisturize to counteract this problem, but you are actually much better off trying to appropriately rehydrate, eat a balanced diet with healthy fats, and keep the humidity level in your home at a comfortable level. This is especially important in the wintertime.
  • No, you still should not pick at your face. All this does is make your skin inflamed and more prone to infection.
Try simplifying your facial routine and see if your skin doesn't thank you for it.

Best,

Dr. Evans
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