Thanks to this tropical climate, us Sri Lankans are blessed with good skin. However we do tend to ruin our natural complexion by using certain productsin a wrong manner. Check this list to see if you are guilty of unknowingly damaging your own skin.
Avoid heavy duty cleansing products
Unlike your pots and pans, “your skin needn’t be scrubbed or squeaky to be clean.” So don’t overdo it. Mild, non-detergent cleansers—milks, gels, foams, or cloths—are your best bet.
Forget the Toner
These were originally invented to restore the natural pH of skin after it had been washed with an alkaline-detergent soap. If you’re using a pH-balanced cleanser, there’s no need for toner. It’ll only dry your skin.
Make sure you get pH-balanced products
Look for the words “pH-balanced” on cleansers that contain glycolic or lactic acids and on exfoliators, because some have a low pH, which can cause dryness.
Opt for fragrance-free
Fragrance is the most common cause of skin-care-related allergic reactions. If you’re sensitive, be sure to choose products that are labelled ‘fragrance-free’. The ones that are marked ‘unscented’ typically contain small amounts of fragrance to help mask the odours of active ingredients.
Choose multitasking moisturizers
A good day cream juggles two jobs—hydration and protection. Pick one that has plant-based moisturizers (natural oils, butters, and essential fatty acids penetrate skin better than man-made emollients like petroleum), plus non- irritating physical sunblock, like zinc oxide and titanium dioxide.