While we all want our skin to look and feel its best, it's easy to cut corners at times or try different methods we believe will solve our skin care issues. The daily habits you form in taking care of your skin will determine it's health for the long term. Here we're going to discuss some common skincare mistakes to avoid in your journey to healthy skin.
Too much exfoliation
Exfoliation is a highly effective treatment for skin texture, discoloration, and dullness. When used in the right way, it can be transformative for the skin. With this being said, you can go to the extreme when it comes to exfoliating. Layering multiple exfoliating products on at one time, as well as using harsh scrubs too often can lead to inflammation, chemical burns, and skin damage.
When it comes to exfoliating, think in moderation. Moderate exfoliation such as a nightly serum or acid toner 2-3 times a week is appropriate. However using multiple exfoliating products every day can be a recipe for red, inflamed, and irritated skin.
Toner is an important step in any skincare routine. It not only helps to rejuvenate and re-hydrate the skin after cleansing, but it also helps prepare the skin to absorb moisture.
Certain toners that contain alcohol can do just the opposite and instead dry out the skin. Some people use alcohol as a toner in order to dry up blemishes, although this can quickly backfire in the form of skin dehydration. Alcohol can be extremely harsh on the skin. As skin cells need water in order to thrive and regenerate, stripping the skin of moisture can cause major problems. Therefore be sure to check your toners to ensure that they contain hydrating ingredients.
Skin picking is a major source of skin damage and can sometimes be uncontrollable. We've all had the urge to pick at a blemish, although most of us can control that urge and let the blemish heal on its own. Sometimes though, picking can be a compulsive habit that requires therapy. If you have the compulsive urge to pick, it's important to seek help right away as extreme picking can cause long term damage.
Cleansing with Body Soap
This is a major skincare no-no. While it may seem like a great money and effort saving tactic to use the same body cleanser to wash your face, this can actually dramatically dry out your skin. Body soaps typically contain harsher cleansers such as sulfates and other ingredients which can be irritating and drying to the skin.
A good rule of thumb is that your skin should not feel dry and tight after you cleanse, it should feel balanced. Instead, look for a gentle, foaming or gel cleanser that will remove makeup, dirt, and oil while maintaining your skin's moisture balance.
Using products for a different skin type
While some products may be advertised for 'all skin types', it's important to understand your skin's needs and pay attention to ingredients and keywords which may indicate that a product is not for you. If you have oily, acne-prone skin, then you need to stay away from moisturizers, serums, foundations and other products that contain heavy oils which can weigh down the skin and clog the pores. Products that offer a more 'dewy' finish may not be beneficial for oily skin types but can help dry skin stay hydrated throughout the day.