Good skincare is one of the most important habits to form ASAP – whether you’re 16 or 60. So in this post, I’ll outline common skincare mistakes to avoid if you want healthy, radiant skin at any age.
Skincare Mistakes That Damage Your Skin
You already know that you have to wear sunscreen every day and you have to take off your makeup before bed. But are there other skincare mistakes that you’re making? Let’s see.
Mistake #1 – Making Excuses
Maybe once in a while you forget to slather on sunscreen or you sleep with makeup. And then you think to yourself “I was just too tired” or “The shop was out of La Roche-Posay sunscreen.” Excuses are what turn seemingly insignificant decisions into bad habits. Habits that can age and damage your skin.
Mistake #2 – Overdoing It
Let’s face it, no one has time for a 10-step Korean skincare routine that leaves you looking impeccable but late for work. So, unless you’re a skincare influencer, it doesn’t make sense to complicate things and increase your risk of repeating mistake #1.
Mistake #3 – Not Seeing A Specialist
Some skincare routine basics, which I’ll mention below, are universal. But beyond that, there could be specific things a specialist, like a dermatologist, can suggest for your specific skin condition. Especially if you’re going through a hormonal change, like pregnancy or menopause.
Mistake #4 – Sleeping On Cotton
Cotton can damage your skin and cause premature wrinkling. Choose silk or satin instead. There are even beauty pillows out there that are made for side-sleepers that don’t squish your face. I actually use silk bed sheets, too, and it’s been a gamechanger to do so.
Mistake #5 – Being Harsh
The skin on your face, especially around your eyes, is quite delicate. So, over-exfoliating or using abrasive exfoliants are big no-nos. Also, you should avoid washing your face with very hot water on a daily basis and using harsh soaps as facial wash. And use a light touch, without too much pulling or pushing, when applying makeup.
Mistake #6 – Using The Wrong Products
Whether those are products with harsh chemicals, or products that have expired, or sunscreen with not enough SPF. Those are skincare mistakes that damage your skin even when you’re consistent with the routine itself. That’s why it’s important to visit a specialist first to get the best products for your specific needs.
Skincare Routine Steps
This skincare routine is very simple. It only has the basics, and you can build from there. You’ll need to customize it to your age, environment, and skincare goals.
- Use a gentle cleanser in the morning and before bed
- Use a sunscreen with zinc and a high SPF, and reapply every few hours.
- Moisturize in the morning and before bed
- Use a retinoid or retinol product for anti-aging
- Exfoliate once in a while
I personally use the Biologique Recherche Lotion P50 instead of retinol, but, overall, I think their effect is similar. They both help reduce the signs of aging and keep your skin plump and fresh. I also sometimes use serums, toners, face masks, and other skincare products. But if you’re in a rush, the 5 steps above are enough.
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