Updated on November 13, 2015
10 Skin Mistakes You’re Making Right Now
- Not washing your face prior to bed
I’ve touched on this one quite a bit, especially for those of you who wear cosmetics on a regular basis. Not cleansing your skin or removing cosmetics before bed is detrimental to your skin on so many levels. Your skin needs time to breathe and repair itself so when you head straight to bed without washing your face you put yourself at risk for breakouts, dry skin, and a dull appearance. Wash your face no matter how tired you are…because the gorgeous glow is so worth it.
- Not wearing sunscreen
This one seems like a no brainer but wearing sunscreen should be a part of your daily skincare routine. Not only does an SPF protect you from the sun’s harmful rays, it also acts as an anti-aging mechanism. Best way to incorporate sunscreen into your routine daily? Use a BB cream, foundation, or tinted moisturizer with an SPF already in it.
When faced with a blemish or acne sometimes people tend to go overboard with exfoliation by excessively scrubbing in hopes their acne or blemishes will disappear. Truth is, you’re doing more harm than good. Exfoliation is a process used to slough off dead skin cells. So when you over-exfoliate, you aren’t giving your skin the time it needs to produce cell turnover…thus causing your skin to become irritated.
- Giving up before seeing results
Like anything, all good things come with time. It can take anywhere from 6-8 weeks to see results when implementing a new regimen. So be quick to ditch your new routine, and consult with your Dermatologist if you truly feel the products aren’t working before stopping.
- Rubbing dry instead of patting
When drying your skin after cleansing it’s important to pat dry instead of rub as rubbing can lead to skin irritation. It’s also important to have towel dedicated solely to drying your face – don’t use the same towel you would your hands, and be sure to replace the towel frequently, as bacteria can form putting you at risk for breakouts.
- Using the same moisturizer year round
As the weather changes so does your skin. It’s important to review your skin routine as the seasons change to see what is and isn’t working. Skin tends to be drier throughout the cooler months so a moisturizer that is a little heavier may be what you need to combat dry skin.
- Picking at acne
Do I really need to go into this one? Yep. I know it is really hard not to pick at acne when the little buggers pop up but it is extremely important. When you pick at your acne it causes further irritation and inflammation leaving you with an unsightly little friend putting you at risk for acne scarring. So hands off, and you’ll be glad you did.
- Not taking care of your neck
Neglecting your neck is quite easy to do but with the right tools and knowledge there is hope. It’s important to treat your neck as you would your face when it comes to cleansing and moisturizing. This way as you begin an anti-aging routine, your neck isn’t neglected.
- Waiting too long to implement an anti-aging routine
You are never too young to start an anti-aging routine. The most important steps you can take with an anti-aging regimen are using sunscreen and moisturizer daily. Find a good cream that is meant for anti-aging. Prevention is key.
- Not going to the Dermatologist
Visiting a Dermatologist at least once a year is super important. You don’t have to have acne to see a Dermatologist. Why is it important? To get a yearly check of your whole body checking for any skin abnormalities like dark spot, moles or anything that seems unordinary. When abnormalities are detected early, you have a greater chance for a positive outcome.