A quick Google search will reveal millions of skincare tips and products that can, quite frankly, be overwhelming for the average woman. Most people cower in fear and just stick to the routine they know, which might be largely insufficient and in need of a serious update. A great skincare routine is essential for achieving supple, vibrant skin with a constant youthful glow. If you skip several steps to save some time or you simply just don’t know how to take care of your skin, chances are you are doing all the wrong things. Here are the most popular skincare mistakes that most women make and how to correct them for the smooth, clear skin you’ve been dreaming about.
1. Sleeping in your makeup
We get it, you’re exhausted after your 8-hour workday and all you want to do is cuddle under your sheets and Netflix till you fall asleep. While it is extremely easy to give in to this tendency, cleaning your makeup every night is an essential step that should never be skipped. Makeup is formulated to settle into the skin and stay put for long hours so you can bet that it will go nowhere while you sleep. Leaving makeup on for extended hours will clog your pores and encourage acne and rash formation and you don’t want that. Take a couple of minutes each night to completely take off all your makeup to ensure that you wake up with flawless skin that you can be proud of.
2. Using Only Makeup Remover Wipes
As we said in the earlier step, taking off your makeup is important. However, just using makeup remover wipes will not cut it. Even if you don’t wear makeup, dirt and oil gets trapped in your pores from day-to-day activities and it needs to be cleared away in order for your skin to remain flawless. We love double cleansing because it gives you a good, deep clean and relieves the pores while you sleep. Just using makeup remover wipes will not give you a nearly enough deep cleanse as you need. With an appropriate night time routine, you can always wake up with fresh, clear skin and never have to worry about actually being the cause of your acne ever again (now you can blame your period without any guilt!)
3. Skipping daily SPF
Three words: Don’t. Do. It. Many people (especially women of color) think that sunscreen is an optional step for them. In fact, it may very well be the most important skincare tip that ever existed. The sun is ruthless and UV rays will cause a myriad of skin conditions if you don’t provide your skin with the appropriate defense against them. Long exposure to the sun can initiate hyperpigmentation and, at the very worse, cause permanent sun damage and skin cancer over a long period. Use a broad spectrum sunscreen to shield your skin from the harmful UV rays so you can enjoy the glorious summer sunshine without any worries! Wear a hat and some sunglasses to provide further protection.
4. Shying Away from Oils.
If you have oily skin, it is easy to think that backing away from oils and moisturizers is the easiest way to ‘fix’ this skin condition. You have to remember that your skin is forever, so you have to learn to work with it to achieve your skin goals. Intentionally holding off on oils and moisturizers on the skin will cause an overproduction of the natural skin oils and make you oilier than ever before. You want to temper this reaction by incorporating an oil cleanser into your skincare routine and using a lightweight moisturizer containing hyaluronic acid for total moisturization of the skin. It is so easy to put excessive stress on your skin by cutting out moisturization but this is a huge mistake. Embrace oil and achieve the clear, glowy skin you want.
We all love the benefits of exfoliating. The mechanical removal of the layer of dead skin on the face feels amazing and the glow that you get after exfoliating is very addictive. But like all things, too much of it is an overkill. When you use a grainy sugar/salt scrub, the constant rubbing causes some stress on the skin and it needs a few days in-between exfoliating to heal itself. If you don’t give the skin time to rest, it can get excessively dry or oily, depending on your skin type, and can get very sensitive and blotchy. Restrict exfoliation to 2-3 times per week to ensure that your skin is given ample time to rest in-between sessions. However, with a mild exfoliator, daily exfoliation is not harmful.
Correct these common skincare mistakes, and you can be well on your way to amazing skin! They are simple and easily integrated into any skincare routine but highly effective and yield great results. If you want to achieve the best skin you’ve ever had, make sure to avoid these 5 common skincare mistakes.