Taking good care of your skin means having a skincare routine and sticking to it, eating healthy, drinking enough water, sleeping well and reducing stress. But that’s not all, you also need to avoid certain skincare mistakes that are standing in the way of your skin looking its best.
You can also be guilty of using skin care products that have been created unethically. For example, several leading skin care brands can be guilty of testing their products on animals. This is why several leading celebrities as well as normal individuals are moving towards vegan dermatological products.
Do you want your skin to be healthy, refreshed, hydrated and acne-free? Well, we have gathered 6 skincare mistakes that you may be guilty of now, and that are making you feel disappointed with all the effort you’re putting into your skincare routine.
Read on to find out what you might be doing wrong.
Skincare Mistakes to Avoid
- Sleeping with your Makeup On
Sleeping with your makeup on is unpleasant, uncomfortable and unhealthy as it sounds. It clogs your pores, it causes blemishes and blackheads, and it blocks your serums, toners, and all sorts of skincare products from penetrating through your skin, which makes them kind of pointless.
So, here’s what you should do:
If during those extremely tiring days you cannot get yourself to do a whole skincare routine, make sure to stick to and not compromise over 10 minutes of makeup removal, cleansing, and moisturizing.
If your lifestyle is extremely busy, try your best to minimize those nights when you sleep with makeup on.
- Using Products in the Wrong Order
Applying skincare products in the wrong order can really mess up their effectiveness. How so? Skincare products vary in their thickness, so if you happen to apply the thickest product first, chances are that whatever product you apply next will not penetrate through your skin, but it will rather sit on it without giving you any benefits.
So, applying your products in the right order goes as follows: Cleanser, toner and/or essence, serum, eye cream, moisturizer, and finally sunscreen, which leads to our next point.
- Not Wearing Sunscreen
You should never, and we mean it, never question whether or not to wear sunscreen! Ditching sunscreen will only cause your skin to age faster as the sun contributes to fine lines and wrinkles, loss of elasticity and dark spots.
Unprotected consistent exposure to the sun contributes to skin cancer as well. So, let us all invest in good sunscreens and apply them everyday no matter how sunny or not the weather is, and no matter what season it is.
- Using the Wrong Products
Well, to get one thing out of the way, you shouldn’t use products that aren’t for your skin type. Though that is a given, you might get carried away while shopping, and not pay much attention to the skin type a certain product is meant for.
Now, supposing that you use products just for your skin type and just for your skin problems, is there a chance that they are still wrong for you? Yes. Your skin may not react to certain ingredients very well, and it will surely tell you about it.
Here are some warning signs that a product isn’t meant for your use:
- Skin rashes, especially if your skin isn’t the sensitive type.
- Peeling and dryness, which are more evident with the dry skin type.
- Breakouts: If your skin is usually clear and acne-free, but you start experiencing breakouts after using new products, they aren’t right for you.
- Uneven texture.
- Burning and/or tingling sensation.
Got some of these symptoms for over a week? It is safe to say that you need some new products.