So are you a fan of skin care? Or a novice in the field who is trying to become familiar with the treatment techniques? Or someone who doesn’t even remember the last time he used a cleanser, not soap, to wash his face? Today’s list is for anyone who may have committed or is still committing serious skin care acts. Take these skin care mistakes as a guide to make sure that you treat your epidermis in the best possible way. Because these mistakes can be the reason that prevents you from getting the flawless skin you have always dreamed of!
1. Do not wash your face twice a day.
We all know that over-cleaning your face can irritate and dry your skin. But that doesn’t mean you have to stop cleaning it. It is mandatory to wash your face twice a day – morning and evening.
Night routine : Double the cleaning to remove all dirt, sebum and makeup.
- First cleanse your face with a makeup remover / cleansing oil / micellar water.
- Then clean it with a mild cleanser.
Morning routine: You might think you don’t need to wash your face in the morning since you were in bed … sleeping. But what about dead skin cells? Oils? Residues from the products you used the day before? You can either use micellar water or a gentle cleanser to cleanse your face and continue to use the rest of your care and especially sunscreen.
2. Do not wear sunscreen.
Are you one of those people who doesn’t pay much attention to their skin and who never wears sunscreen? What if I say that this habit can increase your risk for skin cancer? Not applying sunscreen is one of the most dangerous mistakes for the skin, which could ruin its health. Applying sunscreenis the most important step in a beauty routine, regardless of gender, age or skin color. 80 to 90% of cases of premature aging of the skin and skin cancer are due to unprotected exposure to UV rays. It is necessary to apply sunscreen on all exposed body parts before exposing yourself to the sun. Many skin problems like hyperpigmentation, acne, fine lines and wrinkles can be reduced by regular use of sunscreen. How much should you use? What should you watch out for when buying sunscreen? In this post, I explain everything you need to know about sunscreens.
3. Exfoliant (scrub)
Exfoliators are not an absolute no, but be careful what you use. A cleaning brush , a muslin washcloth or even finely ground oats are good physical exfoliators. But harsh scrubs, like the infamous Saint-Ives apricot scrub, which contain grainy particles that can cause micro-tears in your skin. These tears in turn would increase skin problems like acne and fine lines. Avoid these scrubs. If you have sensitive skin, opt for a chemical exfoliation with products like The Ordinary’s glycolic acid, softer and more effective. You can also opt for regular salicylic acid if you have
4. Eat a diet high in sugar.
Ah, I use the best skincare products in the world but whatever I do, I’m still not able to have perfect skin! Are you talking about that? Then you need to check what you eat. Sugar affects the production of proteins and amino acids that make up collagen and elasticity. It also creates more testosterone, which makes the skin oily and the pores larger. So cut down on processed sugar, excess caffeine and toxic habits like tobacco and alcohol for the health of your skin and body. As a genius, Doctor said that giving up sugar could make you look ten years younger.Unhealthy eating and living are the biggest skin care mistakes we make intentionally.
5. Do not wash your pillowcase frequently.
Even if you are a clean person who takes a daily shower, washing your hair regularly and cleaning your face before falling asleep, you won’t notice a major difference if you use the same pillow cover for weeks. It is advisable to wash your pillowcase every 4 or 5 days to get rid of oils, dust and dead cells. If you have acne prone skin, it is even more important to change your pillowcase regularly.
6. Do not separate the body towel from that for the face.
One of the best skin care practices is to have a separate towel for the body and face. I use a small face towel because it is easier for me to wash it frequently. Just like the pillow cover, the towel touches your face and it is important to keep them clean to avoid bacteria and dirt. Since I use a very small towel for my face, I wash it every other day. Making basic changes like cleaning your towel or the cover of your pillow can really help improve acne prone skin.
7. Use of hot water.
If a hot shower is relaxing after a hard day’s work, it is not very good for the skin. Hot water strips your skin of all its natural oils and makes it dry. The next time you wash your face, opt for lukewarm or cool water instead. This will cleanse your face without disturbing the natural moisturizing properties of your skin.
8. Blindly follow the trend.
Buying every new product on the market can hurt not only your wallet, but your skin as well. Before buying something, ask yourself if your skin needs it! Before following the 10 step K beauty ritual on oily skin when you live in a humid place, ask yourself if your skin can handle it? Or would you agree with a basic skincare routine that targets your problem areas? Do not overload your skin with too many products.
9. Blindly follow DIY skin care
One of the most common mistakes we all make when it comes to skin care – DIY! While DIY recipes are a great way to save money on skin care, don’t trust them blindly. The first thing to know about your skin is its ideal pH, which is 5.5 and which can vary from 4.5 to 6 in different cases. Many DIYs on the internet suggest that you use ingredients like lemon with a pH of 2! You will do more harm to your skin if you continue to follow such advice.
10. Not getting enough sleep.
Out of the 2 or 3 care mistakes I made, I am really guilty of this one! Often I go to bed very late and wake up with my skin full of small pockets, dark circles and bumps. No eye serum will remove your dark circles if you go to bed at 3 a.m. No miraculous cream would make your skin perfect if you didn’t follow a healthy, basic lifestyle. You can use all the salicylic acid you want, but it won’t heal the bumps you have when you sleep for 3 hours. (The last note was for me) Fall asleep in time and you will be a little closer to non-disastrous skin.
11. Use too much or too little
The quantity is important. Point. Do not use an amount the size of a pea for sun protection, as you should apply it as generously as possible to protect your skin. But excessive exfoliation could disrupt your acidic veil. And no, please do not apply an acidic tonic in layers, it is a little too much. Yes, new daily launches can overwhelm you, but you don’t need all of them. And you surely don’t need to use them all AT ONCE! You want to focus on your skin and buying retinol, vitamin C and AHA seems like a good idea. But don’t use them in the same routine. Your skin doesn’t need this and you will end up doing more harm than good.
12. Over-exfoliation of the skin.
Congratulations on finally accepting the exfoliation and deciding that your face should get rid of dead cells. But is that all? How much is too much? If you exfoliate too often, you risk damaging the skin barrier that protects your skin from aggressive elements and retains moisture. This prevents your skin from drying out. This is one of the lesser known mistakes in skin care because people don’t realize what has gone wrong. They only see the results, like excessive dryness, irritation, redness, bumps and tenderness. It is therefore best to exfoliate the skin two to three times a week, which includes physical and chemical exfoliation.
13. Rubbing of products on the skin.
I see people who become rubbing the skin by cleaning or even moisturizing it. It damages your skin! The best way to do this is to maintain a minimum pressure during the use of the products and to concentrate on spreading instead of “massaging” them.
14. Constantly touching your face.
If you do everything right, your skin will be soft and beautiful like that of a baby. You will then want to touch it to feel its softness. But should you? Your hands harbor bacteria, and constantly touching your face transfers them to your face, which can trigger acne and make it worse. So leave your face alone and bring it only your clean, freshly washed hands while you take care of your skin.
15. The different layers – the wrong way.
To be sure you get the most out of your well-developed or unhealthy skincare routine, it’s important to layer them in the right order. Imagine applying a facial oil, then a toner or moisturizer? Certain skin care products such as moisturizers or oils form a barrier on the skin that does not allow the active ingredients of an eye cream or chemical exfoliant to penetrate. You will therefore not be able to take full advantage of the potential of these products.
So how do you stack them? The rule of thumb is to go from the finest to the thickest consistency. Start by cleaning, then mask or exfoliate. Then use a tonic, essence, serum, eye cream and finally a moisturizer. If you’re using a facial oil, use it in the last step and if it’s day, your sunscreen should be the last step.