I think it’s safe to say that everyone wants beautiful skin. Because really, who doesn’t? What’s better than having clear, soft, and radiant skin?
But sometimes the things we do may be causing more harm than good. Let’s call them skincare mistakes, and here are 9 that you absolutely need to avoid.
Skincare Mistakes You Need To Avoid
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Skipping out on a moisturizer
Every one with dry skin knows how important moisturizing is, but when you have combination or oily skin, moisturizing is still very important! Moisturizing is important not only because it hydrates, but also because it helps to balance the natural oils your skin produces.
When you have oily skin, (or skin that’s combo), skipping out on a moisturizer is one of the biggest skincare mistakes you can’t afford to make.
Remember those oils your skin naturally produces? Well, not hydrating your skin pretty much forces it to overcompensate and overproduce oil which can cause, you guessed it, excessively oily skin, (which can lead to breakouts!)
Looking for a good moisturizer and don’t know where to start? Two of my favorites include the Peter Thomas Roth Green Releaf Therapeutic Sleep Cream and the Mario Badescu Oil Free Moisturizer, both perfect for sensitive and oily skin!
Not cleaning your tools often enough
This one sits pretty high on the skincare mistakes list because it’s something many people seem to overlook. But seriously, not cleaning your makeup brushes and tools often enough can cause loads of skin problems.
Dirty brushes harbor bacteria, (plus oil, dead skin cells, dust, and other gross things). This can cause acne and breakouts. Dirty brushes are also dryer and instead of soft bristles, you’re left with harder ones, which may cause skin to become irritated as well.
Make sure you’re cleaning your brushes often, as in not every 6 months or so.
Exfoliating your skin is totally fine, and sometimes necessary, but it can quickly become a skincare mistake if it’s not being done correctly.
When you exfoliate too often, or if the products you use are too harsh, your skin can become irritated; causing excessive redness and inflammation.
Try exfoliating no more than 2-3 times a week. Unless you’re using a Clarisonic cleansing brush, which by the way, I highly recommend. Then feel free to exfoliate every day.
You should also consider using a light exfoliator over a harsher one. Skip the St. Ives Apricot Scrub and use the Dr. Brandt PoreDermabrasion Pore Perfecting Exfoliator or the Cetaphil Extra Gentle Daily Scrub.
Not removing your makeup
Out of all the skincare mistakes you could possibly make, this is one of the biggest. It’s also probably the easiest to avoid and fix.
First things first, in case you didn’t know, not removing your makeup before bed does some serious damage to your skin. It clogs your pores, ages your skin, and can be a major cause of breakouts.
The easiest fix? Keep a pack of makeup removing wipes next to your bed. If you forget to take off your makeup before getting all cozy, you don’t have to get out of bed to do it. Just grab a wipe and you’re good. Although not the ideal way to ensure all of your makeup has been removed, it’s the bare minimum, and that’s certainly better than nothing.
My favorite makeup removing wipes for sensitive skin: Simple Cleansing Facial Wipes
Not having a morning skincare routine
I’m using the word “routine” lightly here, btw.
Your morning skincare routine really doesn’t need to be as lengthy as your nighttime one, let’s face it no one wants to do a 12 step process first thing in the morning. At the very least though, you want to make sure you’re cleansing your skin and moisturizing before applying your makeup or running out the door.
Use a mild cleanser, (I love the Mario Badescu Acne Facial Cleanser), to remove all that dirt and oil build up from the night before. Then just apply your favorite day-time moisturizer to hydrate your skin and keep your makeup lasting all day long.
Not giving products enough time to work
Different products and their special ingredients each take a different length of time to work. Some products will show their results immediately, while others may take a little while longer.
That being said, don’t give up on a retinoid after 2 days when it takes 12 weeks to start working and seeing results.
Consider your skincare routine a marathon, you have to keep going to see results. You can’t expect products to work when you use them once every six weeks or if you’re just not giving them enough time to perform.
Although it can be fun, and certainly tempting with all of the constant new releases, try not to test out every single new skincare product out there.
With so many different ingredients included in skincare products, your skin might panic when you switch things up too much, causing all sorts of problems, breakouts and irritation included.
Don’t overdue it by switching up your products too often. Find a routine and stick to it.
Not paying attention to other factors
You can have the absolute best skincare routine, that you consistently follow, and still lack great skin.
Take a close look at your diet, how much sleep you get, and any possible underlying health conditions. They could all be playing a huge role in how your skin looks.
Not using SPF
Would a skincare mistakes list be complete without including the biggest skincare mistake of them all?
Guess what! The sun causes more damage to your skin than any other external factor! Too much sun exposure can cause premature aging, sun spots, and skin cancer.
But don’t worry, you don’t need to avoid the sun for the rest of your life. (Being in the sun has too many of it’s own health benefits anyways).
Just make sure you’re applying SPF, always. Apply it in the morning, apply it on cloudy days, apply it in the winter. You should be wearing an SPF all 365 days of the year.