Mistakes. Who has never made them?
And, when it comes to skincare, I made plenty of them. Some so bad, I cringe thinking about it now.
I mean, I may be blogging about skincare and all things beauty now, but I had to learn this stuff the hard way, you know. I hope, by sharing them with you, you won’t have to, too:
Mistake #1: Not Using Sunscreen Daily
This is definitely the biggest skincare mistake I ever made. I mean, is there anything more damaging for the skin than UV rays? Not really. They cause wrinkles, dryness, dark spots, and even cancer. And, yet, no one was really talking about it when I was a teen.
Sunscreen, back then was (actually, for Italians still is) something you only wore at the beach. And, I never went to the beach. Actually, I never went anywhere. I’ve always did my best to avoid the sun like the plague (big weirdo here).
But, there’s no doubt the sun damage I got during my pre-sunscreen days is gonna show up on my face pretty soon. And, it WON’T be pretty.
This one is simple. Wear sunscreen EVERY. SINGLE. DAY. There really is no excuse not to.
Mistake #2: Not Knowing My Skin Type
This is just a recipe for disaster. How can you get the right products for your skin if you don’t even know what it needs? You can’t. That’s how I ended up with so many breakouts.
I thought they were hormonal, but, nope, I was just buying and using stuff that was too rich for my skin type just because it was cheap. Not my smartest move, I tell you.
Mistake #3: Not Choosing Skincare Products Wisely
This is closely related to mistake #2, obviously. As I had no idea what my skin type was, I didn’t know what products I needed to buy to fix my shiny t-zone and hydrate my dry cheeks.
I knew nothing about ingredients back then, and was easy prey for all that marketing mumbo-jumbo. I just bought whatever the magazines said was good and didn’t break the bank.
Most of them didn’t work. Even when they were good products, they just weren’t the right fit for me.
Step 1: Figure out what ingredients can fix your skincare woes:
- Dry skin? Here’s what your moisturizer should contain.
- Oily skin? These are the shine-fighters to add to your skincare routine.
- Want to fight wrinkles? These 5 anti-aging superstars will help.
- Would like to get rid of dark spots? These 7 ingredients will do the trick.
Step 2: Buy products rich in them.
Step 3: Use them.
Mistake #4: Not Removing Makeup Before Going To Bed
I know, we all did it. Cos, when you come back home at 4am after a night clubbing with your friends, who can be bothered to remove their makeup? Certainly, not me.
Of course, now I regret it. I though sleeping with my makeup on was harmless, but now I know it’s not. It can cause breakouts, irritations, and, in some rare cases, even infections. Why risk it?
I don’t care how tired you are, take that makeup off your face!
Mistake #5: Not Caring For The Rest Of My Body
To be completely honest, I’m still guilty of this. Well, I’m not as bad as I used to be. Now, I do apply moisturizer after a shower.
And, I don’t wait until my hands are all cracked and bleeding to apply hand cream anymore. Bad, I know. I still need to exfoliate my body a lot more often, though.
Take care of your body like you take care of your skin. If not, your face may look younger, but everything else will give away your real age.
What beauty mistakes did you make when you were younger?