You stick to the same tried and trusted skincare regimen every day to keep your skin looking its best, but you’re still experiencing the same annoying problems of redness, dry patches, breakouts and enlarged pores.
Do you ever wonder whether there’s something wrong with your skincare routine? Here are eight of the most common skincare errors you can stop making today.
1. Exfoliating Too Often
Scrubs are fantastic. They exfoliate, remove dead skin cells and leave the skin feeling smooth and silky. The instructions on many exfoliating products suggest using them once or twice a week, but because they make the skin feel so great, it can be tempting to use them more often. Stop. You could actually be damaging the skin by removing new skin cells and leaving your face more vulnerable to breakouts, blocked pores, and most importantly, sun damage.
2. Skimping On Eye Makeup Remover
We all have those days when we feel like just jumping into bed without a care in the world, but such frivolity can play havoc with your delicate eye area. Makeup can sink into your pores, clogging your skin while you sleep, resulting in breakouts, irritated skin and dryness. A couple of moments of cleansing will leave you fresh-faced and glowing in the morning.
3. Wearing SPF Only During the Summer
Oh, the feel of the warm sun on your skin. It’s enough to have you reaching for your sunglasses and a long, cool piña colada. What you should be reaching for is a good-quality moisturizer with sun protection of at least SPF 15. Don’t make the mistake of thinking sun protection is just for the winter months. You need it all year round.
4. Giving Up On Your Products
Did you know that it can take at least eight weeks for your beauty products to deliver their payload to your skin? The advanced ingredients in many beauty products may cause your skin to develop an intolerance before it starts to accept you’re actually trying to do it some good. Keep at it, and you’ll start to reap the benefits.
5. Being Too Harsh With Your Cleansing
With so many cleansing products on the market, it’s easy to see why we’ve become so obsessed with keeping our skin squeaky clean. If you’re using astringent cleansers or cleansers with alcohol in them, you could be drying out your skin or causing irritation. This can result in breakouts as your skin ramps up oil production to counteract the dryness.
6. Using Dirty Makeup Brushes
Come on, when was the last time you gave your makeup brushes a good cleaning? We don’t mean a quick wipe with a cleansing cloth. We mean a really good clean in a specialty brush cleaner. Using dirty brushes on your face could be causing breakouts to erupt and affecting the overall performance of your brush.
7. Not Moisturizing Oily Skin
No matter what your skin type, it’s vital that you apply moisturizer every day. If you’re afraid that a moisturizer may aggravate your oily complexion, look for products that deliver crucial moisture without leading to breakouts.
8. Overloading the Nighttime Products
Are you putting on a multitude of products before you go to sleep? It could be doing your skin more harm than good. Instead, invest in one good night serum suitable for your skin type, which will also deliver hydration and anti-aging properties to your eye area.
We all get stuck in a rut sometimes and make the same skincare mistakes without realizing it. Giving your beauty routine a review and shake up now and again ensures your skin gets the treatment it deserves when it needs it.