Washing With Overly Hot Water
After a long day at work, a piping hot shower may seem like the perfect relaxation me-time, but all that hot water blasting on your skin is likely drying it out and leaving it tight, itchy and peeling as soon as you’ve toweled off. The hotter the water temperature, the faster it breaks down your skin’s natural oil barrier, leaving it vulnerable to irritation. It is still best to take short, warm showers and to moisturize your skin, from head to toe, while it’s still damp right after your shower. This will ensure that you lock in your skin’s natural moisture and help the barrier to repair itself again.
AHAs and BHAs can be a great way to brighten your skin tone and fight those dreaded fine lines and blackheads, but it’s easy to overuse the product. If you have dry skin, to begin with, too much acid based products can lead to the breaking down of your skin’s natural moisture barrier or even cause your skin to go into exfoliation overload, resulting in excessive flaking and peeling. This is why it’s important to let your acid exfoliators do their work but to always follow up with hydrating serums and moisturizers to maintain a healthy balance.
If you’re dry and sensitive, use AHAs once a week, while oilier skin can rely on BHAs every few nights. If you notice that you’re still peeling, give your skin a break from chemical exfoliation and treat yourself to a deep hydrating sheet mask.
It is important to stay hydrated, not only on the inside with plenty of water every day but also on the outside. If you notice that your skin is particularly flaky, upgrade your skincare routines with deeply hydrating products and you’ll soon see a difference.
Not Applying Your Products Correctly
For most K-Beauty gurus, you know that the order you apply your products is key. Ensuring that each product reaches its full potential and gives your skin the best benefits is the most important step for all K-Beauty lovers. For example, applying moisturizer directly on top of dry, flaky skin won’t do much to fix the issue. A bit of gentle exfoliation should be followed up with toner, essence, serum/ampoule, eye cream, and then your moisturizer.