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Everyone wants great skin, and we’re all guilty of going down the Google rabbit hole looking for skincare tips and tricks to get us there. However, while Pinterest and YouTube are full of helpful information about skincare, they also tend to offer some pretty questionable advice. Many of these skincare sins are super common, and you’ve probably committed some of them yourself. But if you want great skin, you’ve got to give them up. Now, repeat after me: “Thou shalt stop…”

Washing Your Face Too Gently

Most of us know that regularly scrubbing our delicate facial skin is a bad idea. That doesn’t mean you should be too gentle though. You need to thoroughly wash your face at least once a day to get rid of the grime and oil build-ups that cause roughness and pimples.

Piling On Products

Skincare addicts are often guilty of this one. Don’t start using a bunch of new products at once, or over-saturate your skincare routine. By throwing lots of products at your skin, you’re making it hard to tell what’s working and what’s not. Try each product for at least two weeks before introducing anything new.

Putting Toothpaste On Pimples

The teenage classic of popping a blob of toothpaste on a pimple is actually terrible for your skin! It will dry the spot out, but it also causes redness, discoloration, and sometimes even burns. Avoid this home remedy and use a cheap spot treatment instead.

Using Bad DIY Treatments

Equally, lots of DIY facemasks, moisturizers, and scrubs can be terrible for your skin. Avoid any DIY recipes that are heavy on lemon or baking soda, which are the most common offenders. Lemon is far too acidic and baking soda is much too basic for your delicate skin pH.

Skipping Sunscreen

Sunscreen is an essential part of your skincare routine. Even on cloudy days, harmful UVA and UVB rays are working to prematurely age your skin. By using a light sunscreen every day you’ll keep your skin plump and youthful for longer.

Overusing Pore Strips

Pore strips are grimly fascinating. Who hasn’t looked at their post-pore strip gunk with a grossed-out satisfaction? However, they only get rid of the superficial part of blackheads, leaving the roots untouched. Using them too often can cause skin tearing and larger pores, so apply them no more than once a week, or abstain completely.

Ignoring Your Skin Type

Maybe your oily-skinned friend loves using salicylic acid, but your skin is super dry. Go your own way! Don’t listen to product reviews or recommendations unless they pertain to your skin type, texture, and specific problems you’re trying to counteract. Finding products that are appropriate for your skin type is essential, so don’t fall victim to skincare peer pressure.

Skincare can be a tricky area to master, but it is possible! The first step is giving up your bad habits, which probably include some of these nasty tips. Move forward with better techniques and you’ll have happier, healthier, and more glowing skin.

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Here’s Your Next (And Much Deserved) Vacation: 7 Days in Spain

While Spain may lend itself to images of inert, bronzed bodies on the beach and the quiet lull of an afternoon siesta, don’t let the country’s laidback character fool you. For adventurous travellers looking for an entirely different angle to sunny Spain, there is plenty to do, from kayaking around the bays and snorkelling around the beaches of Menorca, climbing Montjuic in Barcelona, doing a day’s hike in the Sierra de Guadarrama near Madrid, to biking (and drinking in) the La Rioja wine country.

Day 1

On your first day in Spain, you’ll land in Madrid. The city is filled with art and culture, so put your walking shoes on and take a wander around in the morning. In the afternoon, take the train to the little town of Cercedilla, where many of the spectacular hikes that criss-cross the mountains of the Sierra de Guadarrama start. Trails are colour coded and maps are easy to follow. Locals recommend Los Miradores, a 9km hike that takes hikers through serene pine forests, and up deserted mountain paths.

Day 2

Madrid’s Parque de Buen Retiro, or the Park of Pleasant Retreat, is the city’s green lung. Here you’ll find locals jogging, families picnicking and lovers rowing across the lake in the middle of this lush park. Landscaped lawns, marble statues and tidy paths make exploring the park an absolute pleasure on a sunny day.

Day 3

From Madrid, move onto Logrono, the capital of La Rioja – Spanish wine country. The city offers free bicycles to tourists who sign in and apply for a card from the Logrono Tourist Office. The flat roads, light traffic and world class wineries all within nearby cycling distance make for a fantastic experience on two wheels.

Day 4

A short 3 hour train ride away from Logrono is Barcelona, the heart of Spanish Catalan country. Montjuic, a major Barcelona landmark, is a hill that towers over the city from the southwest. To climb Montjuic, you can either take the easy option of using the series escalators that run up the hill from Palau Nacional, or you can attempt the hour or so hike up instead. The views are worth it.

Day 5

Barcelona offers an easy introduction wind surfing for amateurs via the gentle waters of the Base Nautica, located between Mar Bella and Bogatell beaches. If you already know how to windsurf, you can hire equipment by the hour; otherwise try kayaking or taking a sailing class instead. The calm waters of the Mediterranean are a calm respite away from the hustle of the city.

Day 6

Ferries and short flights run daily from Barcelona to the Balearic island of Menorca, where sun, surf and sand await holiday makers. Kayak, snorkel or dive the turquoise waters off the beaches here. Colourful sea life and coral reefs abound underwater.

Day 7

For a different view of the island, cycle the Cami de Cavalls, a bridle track that rings the entire island of Menorca along the coast. The track passes along some stunning views and provides access to pristine, isolated beaches that are otherwise unaccessible by other means. From Menorca, catch a short flight back to your starting point, Madrid, before departing for home.


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