But, sometimes, it’s our bad habits that get in the way and mess up our skin. I should know. These are lessons I’ve learned the hard way, and now I’m sharing them with you, so you don’t have to.
So, here they are, the top 5 skincare mistakes to avoid:
1. Exfoliating too much
Oh man, I love exfoliation!
Once those old and rough dead cells are gone, my skin looks so smooth and bright. And who has breakouts anymore?
Seriously, exfoliation is so good, part of me wants to do it all the time. But, that would be a recipe for disaster. If you exfoliate too often, you will remove too many layers, exposing the raw skin underneath that wasn’t ready to come up to the surface yet.
That raw skin is gonna be red, dry, and hurt like hell. Ouch!
So exfoliate, but never overdo it.
Related: How Often Should You Exfoliate?
2. Using body products for the face
Sometimes, if I don’t like a facial moisturizer, I’ll use it on my body. It’d be such a waste to just throw it away, and I hate waste.
But, doing the opposite, and using a body moisturizer on my face? Mmm… NO. It’s true, products for the face and body contain the same ingredients. BUT, and this is an important but, in different amounts.
Body care products contains higher amounts of emollients, fragrance, and other ingredients that could irritate the more delicate skin of your face, or, at the very least, cause breakouts. Thanks, but no thanks.
3. Not using a product with retinoids
Why oh why did I wait so long to try retinoids? Retinoids, such as Retinol, Retinyl Palmitate, Tretinoin and Retinaldehyde to name a few, are all forms of Vitamin A, which is awesome at fighting the signs of aging.
Retinoids accelerate cellular turnover and boost the production of collagen, which reduces wrinkles and dark spots. For real. Not like those silicones that only fill wrinkles in or concealers that hide the unevenness. Retinoids are the real deal.
I think your early to mid 20s are a great time to start using a retinoid cream at night. I wouldn’t use it during the day, because retinoids can make skin more sensitive to the sun (so ironic, as they’re so great at treating sun damage!).
4. Getting too much unprotected sun exposure
Who knew that sunscreen wasn’t just for the beach? Sadly, the sun doesn’t just make your skin burn. It also causes wrinkles. And dark spots. And skin dryness. And skin cancer.
The worst part? Sun damage (with the exception of sunburns, of course!), doesn’t appear straight away. The damage done today will accumulate and show up in a few years’ time. It’ll be totally unexpected. And not at all pretty.
So, put your sunscreen on. Every day.
5. Touching your face
Am I the only one who loves touching her face? Facial oils and silicone-based foundations make it so smooth, I can’t keep my hands off it. Ok, I’ll stop being a weirdo, now.
Point is, our hands are full of germs. And, when you touch your face, you’ll transfer some germs on it. Eww! That’s gross. Plus, it can cause pimples. And irritations.
So, resist the urge. Keep those hands off your face, ladies!
Are you making these skincare mistakes?