5 Things You Should Stop Doing To Your Skin | Clozette


It's time for an intervention. You may not always be aware of it, but there things that we constantly do to our skin that keeps it from being healthy and glowing. If you're guilty of at least one of these, it's time to change your lifestyle!

Here are 5 things you have to stop doing to your skin. 

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Do not Prick Your Pimples



If you want to deal with pimple marks, scars, and uneven skin tone then go ahead. However, if you want to make life easier for you in the long run, stop the urge to touch and prick those pimples. This will not help in removing them, in fact you're just making it worse. Let them be or apply a clearing gel and let them heal on their own. 

Do Not Use Your Products In The Wrong Order



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You may have the best products in the world but they are worth nothing if you don't use them in the correct order. Remember: cleanse, tone, moisturise. Your serums, under eye products, and spot treatment comes after toning but before moisturising. Each product is much more effective when used in the right order and it will maximize the potential of your skin to reach its healthy state faster. 



Do Not Forget To Apply Sunscreen



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If you have not been aware of it, Global Warming is real, and the extra harsh UV rays that come with it damages your skin faster everyday if you don't apply sunscreen. Applying sunscreen, or any product that has SPF 15 or higher (for the face) and SPF 50 or higher (for the body) will reduce the signs of skin again, damaged and dehydrated skin, sunburn, and even something as serious as skin cancer. 



Do Not Use Harsh Cleaners



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If you have oily or combination skin, or you're currently undergoing a massive breakout, it may seem logical to use a cleanser that gives you a squeaky clean feeling. What most people don't know is that those cleansers and exfoliators actually strip the skin of all its good oils and diminish its own natural protective barrier. When this happens, your face produces more oil resulting in more breakouts. 



Do Not Sleep Late



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If you're catching a deadline and you really need to pull an all-nighter then by all mean, go ahead. However, if this happens regularly then don't be surprised if a pimple or two pops up. Lack of sleep causes breakouts, dry skin, and eye bags. The best cure is prevention--fix your schedule and sleep early!



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On days when we want to emphasize our eyes and make them appear brighter, wider, and more awake, we turn to a few nifty makeup tricks that give our eyes the illusion of appearing bigger and all dolled-up. 


So here are 5 ways you can make your eyes look bigger. 


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Do Not Fully Line Your Eyes



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The reason why you only line your eyes on the top and the outer corners of your lash line is because it gives you that "almond eye" illusion. The almond shape is the ideal shape for the eyes so most looks revolve around achieving that shape. So line the upper half, draw a wing and connect that wing to the lower lash line. Just go halfway with a light stroke to achieve that almond shape. 

Wear White Eyeliner



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Adapt this trick from the Koreans: with a white eyeliner pencil, instantly brighten your eyes by applying it on your lower waterline. This makes eyes your look bigger as it extends and highlights the shape of your eyes. They may seem unnoticeable at first, but if you take a before and after photo, you'll see the magic it does to your eyes! 



Apply Principles Of Contouring



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Contouring is not just applicable to your cheekbones and forehead, you can also use it for your eyelids! Basically, you highlight the inner corners of your eyelid with lighter colours and apply darker colours to the outer corners. Then, apply a medium-toned colour to your crease, blending it in perfectly to achieve depth. This forms a shadow around your lid making your eye sockets appear deeper and thus making your eyes look bigger. 



Curl Those Lashes



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Curling your lashes removes the shadow that straight lashes cast on your eyes. It also adds volume to your eye shape, making them look larger. If you want to go the extra mile, add some falsies and multiple layers of lengthening mascara on both the upper and lower lashes. So yes, invest in a good mascara--it will take you places. 



Use Contact Lenses



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If you want brighter looking eyes that truly stand-out, then wear coloured contacts or circle lenses. It's nice to experiment with colours; but if you want to make it look more natural, wear circle lenses in colours that are darker than your natural eye colour--such as dali black and brown. It achieves that doll-eye look in a snap without all the fuss!



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If there's one beauty tip that surpasses all tips combined, it's this: a good skin care routine is all you need. And to have a skin care routine that suits you perfectly begins with having a good cleanser. What a cleanser does is simple--it washes away the dirt from your skin to keep it fresh and renewed. It's also a vital step in making your other skincare and makeup products work well.


However, even if your cleanser's job is to remove dirt and bacteria, it's very important to remember to not over clean. Because although that "squeaky clean" feeling is highly satisfactory, it's actually not healthy. It strips off your skin's natural oils and moisture making it dry, irritated, and prone to acne.


Learn more about it from Dr. Joyce Lim in this video:



There are two things you need to know when looking for a cleanser, your skin type, and the ingredients that addresses your current skin situation. Generally, it's best to look for skin care products that have Glycerin, an ingredient usually used in soap-making that attracts moisture to your skin; Sarkosyl, a foaming and cleansing agent; and Castor Oil, an all-around beneficial ingredient for the body and skin.  



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Once you've got all your products sorted out, stick to a skin care regimen that works for you. Have one in the morning and one before you sleep. If you notice good results, continue with your holy grail products, if not, switch up a few things until you get the results you want!



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