Having good skin can be simple, but the trouble is people often make it hard. Some of the common skin care mistakes range from using too many products to simply not understanding your skin. Skin is a personal thing and unique to you. So doesn’t it make sense to at least give it some care and attention?
I always believe in prevention rather than cure. From the onset if you follow a good skin care regime, you will avoid some of the problems later on as you age. You will also save a lot of money in the process! Below we look at some of the most common skin care mistakes and how you can avoid them.
Top 10 Skin Care Mistakes and How to Avoid Them
Wrong Skincare Products: You can’t have a ‘one-size fits’ all approach. Not all products are made for every skin type. Some creams are made for oily skin, while others for dry skin. When buying products, make sure it suits your particular skin type or condition. For example, a good moisturiser that works for oily skin may have a light texture, as oily skin tends to produce more of its own oil. In this case, by applying the wrong product you could end up with excessive production of sebum or develop other skin conditions such as acne.
Dry skin on the other hand requires a lot more moisture, and if your product doesn’t offer this then it may leave skin not hydrated enough and it will look tired and dull.
Lack of Sunscreen: The lack of sunscreen or even worse, not wearing it at all is definitely one of the skin care mistakes to avoid. It is ironic that we spend so much money on anti-wrinkle creams and beauty treatments, but forget one of the most important things of all – Sunscreen! The harmful uv rays of the sun are one of the major contributing factors of premature ageing. Do you know that even on a cloudy day, the harmful rays still affect the skin.
When we carry out skin exfoliation or derma-abrasion treatments, we expose the finer layers of the skin even more. In these cases, not wearing sunscreen will actually make the skin worse than it was before. Therefore, do not neglect putting on sunscreen. If you don’t like the idea of wearing sunscreen over your moisturiser then simply go for a moisturiser that contains spf. This way you won’t need to buy an additional cream.
Lack of Eye Care: As we grow older, the first signs of ageing start to develop around our eyes. This could range from dark under eye circles, wrinkles, crow’s feet to sunken eye sockets. The skin around the eyes is very delicate to begin with and needs much more care compared to other parts of the face. Facial creams are not really made to use on this area. Therefore, you should invest in a good eye cream that not only promotes a youthful appearance but one which minimises the above conditions.
You should avoid squinting and on hot days make sure to wear large glasses to protect your eyes from the sun.
Over Exfoliating: If you have dry skin you can exfoliate once or twice a week. Those with oily skin can exfoliate up to three times a week. An exfoliator or face scrub goes one step further than a cleanser. It removes dirt at a deeper level and sloughs off dead skin from the surface. However, over exfoliation can damage the skin. As the natural oils get stripped, the skin can become really dry and itchy. While for others the body can go into excess mode and start producing too much oil, leading to skin becoming greasy and dull.
There are some really good face scrubs that you can buy from Boots or The Body Shop. You can can even make your own homemade face scrubs. Read the post ‘Homemade Face Scrubs That Will Make You Look Younger‘ to find out more.
Changing Products too Often: You’ve heard of the saying ‘patience is a virtue’. Well, this cannot be any truer when it comes to skin care. With many products, it can usually take around 2 to 3 months to see the benefits. If you’re constantly switching then you’re not really allowing the creams to work, as it is disrupting the cycle. For example, if you are using a moisturiser to get rid of hyperpimentation, you need to allow time to reduce the production of melanin in your skin. It’s not going to do that in a few weeks.
That said, if you use something which causes a bad reaction to your skin then in this case, it is advisable to change the product.
Too many Products: Some people can get a little carried away and overload their skin! If you’re using harsh cleansers, exfoliators, peels, toners etc., then you’re creating all sorts of problems for your skin. Apart from the obvious financial loss, the excessive creams and products won’t really absorb in to the skin and you won’t see any benefits. In reality, the ingredients may have a negative interaction with one another and this will worsen your skin. It’s a vicious cycle where you will look for additional products to layer on, not knowing when to stop.
Good skincare regime is not about having to use 5 products in the morning and 5 at night. It is about addressing particular skin issues and ensuring skin stays healthy and vibrant. At the very basic level, you probably need only a cleanser, eye cream and face scrub. The first 2 can be used daily. The third, only 2 or 3 times a week depending on your skin type.
Out of Date Products: With everything else in life, skincare products also have ‘best used by’ dates as well. Using products that are out of date will certainly make your skin conditions worse. The obvious question you might be asking is ‘how do I know if my product is out of date?’ Get your moisturiser, eye cream or face scrub. On the tub or bottle, at the back, there will be a small icon that looks like an open jar with a number like ‘6M’, ’12M’, ’24M’ etc. The number means how many months the product should last or be used by. As a general rule anything over a year should not be used, unless otherwise specified.
Smoking: It is obvious that smoking is not a healthy habit in any case. But when it comes to your skin, it really does serious damage. As we naturally age our body produces less collagen. Collagen improves skin elasticity, reduces wrinkles and increases blood flow to the skin. Smoking accelerates the breakdown of collagen and narrows blood vessels in the body. This leads to skin looking grey, dull and wrinkly.
By quitting smoking, not only will it improve your skin but your overall health and well-being will also drastically improve. Your breathing and sense of taste will be much better. So many benefits, and it saves you money!
Not Drinking Enough Water: We know drinking water is good for your health. But it is also important for the skin. Our bodies build up toxins over time which lead to premature ageing and degeneration of cells. Water works to flush out these toxins, but if the body lacks sufficient amount then it cannot do this.
The most obvious benefit of drinking water is that your complexion will be much clearer.
Eating Wrong Food: The phrase ‘you are what you eat’ is so true. If you fuel your body with healthy food it will definitely show on the outside. Stuff it with takeaways and fast food, it will ruin your skin. It is no secret that you should incorporate lots of fruits and vegetables to your diet. For example avocados are known to have vitamin E which is an anti-oxidant that helps protect the skin from oxidative damage. Other foods such as fatty fish are really good for the health of the skin as it keeps it thick and supple.
Make sure you avoid these Top 10 Skin Care Mistakes. It will do wonders to your skin. Got any more to add? Let me know in the comments section.