I am sure we have all at some point made at least one of these skincare mistakes, and we either learned from it, or we didn’t. Taking care of our skin, which is our largest organ, is very important. You should treat it with respect and keep it healthy; you only get one skin.
#1 First up is not wearing sunscreen every day of your life. Most of you know that I also work in Dermatology and see firsthand every day the result of not wearing sunscreen. Not only will you age faster and develop sun damage spots, but you also risk getting skin cancer. Make it a part of your morning regimen; it only takes seconds to apply SPF as your last step in your regimen.
Wash your Face
#2 Not cleansing your face twice daily. Every night before bed, you should be cleaning off your makeup, and then a second cleansing to clean your face and get any excess dirt and oil off and clean the pores. You should also be cleaning in the morning to prep your skin for the day and your AM products to be applied.
Wash your Pillowcase
#3 Not washing your pillowcase frequently. Ideally, you shouldn’t sleep on the same side more than once. If you think about lying your head down to sleep every time you sleep, you’re leaving behind sweat, oils, and dead skin cells. Not to mention what your hair leaves behind. Imagine not changing your pillowcase, and every night, you are rubbing your face against all the grime from your hair and skin. This is a significant factor leading to blackheads and acne.
#4 Not getting enough sleep. Your body is in recovery mode while you sleep. It is essential to get plenty of rest. Yes, the term “beauty sleep” is a real thing; our skin makes new collagen overnight; who doesn’t love fewer wrinkles? Give your body and skin the recovery it needs, clean your face, and apply your PM regimen to do its work while you sleep. Wake up refreshed and brighter skin.
#5 Using harsh “Physical” scrubs or over-exfoliating. Again, you only get one skin; treat it with care. While exfoliating is necessary, there is such thing as too much. Face scrubs can be harsh and too abrasive on the skin, causing micro-tears in the skin, leading to irritation, rashes, and redness. Using a “Chemical” exfoliant is preferred to break down the dead skin cells and unclog pores naturally.
Not too Hot
#6 Using hot water. While using hot water does feel amazing, it’s not good for your skin. Excessively hot water will strip your skin of its natural oils, making it dry. It can also cause flare-ups to skin with acne or rosacea. Lukewarm or cool water is ideal.
I hope that you have gained some advice from these skincare mistakes to avoid. Let’s make an effort to have the best skin we can have and age gracefully.