Within the online beauty world, people are currently obsessed with skincare. This obsession can be both a good and bad thing. It is a good thing to take care of your skin, and a lot of people who never did, are now sharing their routines online. Our skin is the largest organ in the body, and protecting and taking care of it is just as important as taking care of your other organs. And it is also more than just slowing down aging or reducing your pores; it is about keeping your skin healthy.
Unfortunately, with the popularity of skincare comes the influx of advice and tips, which can easily lead to people making skincare mistakes without even realizing it. Although some of these mishaps can be harmless and will probably be ineffective, others can lead to irritation, breakouts, and maybe even a trip to the dermatologist.
Here are a few skincare mistakes most people make without realizing it:
Changing Cosmetics Too Often
It is not easy to resist the purchase of another face cream or serum when social media shows us endless compilations of the best beauty products of the season. On top of that, stores are continually announcing discounts and sales. Unfortunately, this can lead to people trying out different products too often. Also, many people are afraid that their skin could adjust to the products in their current routine and lead to them becoming less affected. Switching products too often can irritate, so try to stick to the same products if you can.
Our skin regenerates without any “extra” help; however, we keep using scrubs to speed up this process. Yes, scrubs can help your skin peel faster and cleanse your skin, but if you do it daily, you risk depriving your skin of its protective layer. Scrubs and rough brushes are not the best solutions for cleansing the face. Instead, you should try a weekly chemical exfoliant or a visit to a dermatologist for a chemical peel.
Not Using Double Cleansing
To simplify their evening skincare routine, many people wash off the makeup and dust coating their skin with one cleanser or just water. Not only do you save a couple of minutes but, you also leave cosmetic particles on your face, and that can lead to the clogging of the pores, acne, and an increase in the oil content of the skin. Before washing your face, it is better to use a makeup remover like micellar water, cleansing oil, or cleansing balm. These products will help you if you want the best for your skin.
Rarely Changing Your Pillowcase
Even if you always wash your hair and thoroughly cleanse your face before going to sleep, your pillowcase is still getting dirty. It collects dust, sweat, and even pet hair. After a few days, your pillow has become a breeding ground for bacteria, and that can cause your face to break out in blemishes. To avoid waking up with new blemishes in the morning, make sure to change your pillowcase once every 2-3 days. A great option is using pillowcases made of silk, which will help you protect your face from rashes as well as premature wrinkles.
Toner is known for restoring the pH balance of the skin, but it also helps prepare your skin for the next steps. Even the moisturizing cream you use every day will work more effectively with a toner. Toner can also help you avoid skin problems such as dryness, irritation, and breakouts. The best product is one that does not contain alcohol and one that helps bring moisture to your skin.
Skipping Your Nighttime Routine
After spending all said wearing makeup and sunscreen, it may seem exhausting to have to put anything on your face at all. However, by cleansing your skin and applying your choice of night cream, serum, or treatments, you will help your skin restore and repair. The active substances in these products can help heal your skin and keep your skin looking fresh and healthy.
Using the Wrong Temperature of Water
If you think that you need hot water to cleanse your skin correctly, you are mistaken. Hot water can cause irritation, dry our skin, and cause the blood vessel to rupture. Ice cold water is also just as bad. It is best to wash your face with lukewarm water.
Washing Your Face Too Fast
Many people view washing their faces as a chore rather than looking at is as a form of self-care. Taking the time to cleanse your face thoroughly is as much about making time for your mental health as it is about ensuring nothing is left behind. Getting into the habit of taking your time, you’ll start to notice a massive difference in your skin’s health.
Not Using SPF Every Day
Most of us know the importance of wearing sunscreen in the summer months to avoid sunburn and damage, but it really should be a year-round way to prevent skin cancer. You need to wear it every day, regardless of your skin tone. Sunscreen can also help protect your skin from UV rays, prevent premature aging caused by the sun, prevent skin discoloration and hyperpigmentation, and help you get the most benefit from your skincare routine.