By Brigid Anderson
What are some of the most common skincare mistakes adults make in the prime of life, and how do these mistakes hinder their skin from healing?
We apply so many skin care products to our face one after the other without knowing if we are hindering or promoting our progress.
There are some things I wish I could go back in time to say to my younger self: don’t date that guy, take that trip to Buenos Aires, don’t take that 7th Shot of tequila and take better care of your skin.
As I near my mid-thirties, I’ve found the painful realization that the havoc I’ve wreaked on my skin has contributed a lot to the battles I now fight on a daily basis.
Sit back, make yourself comfortable, and get ready to learn from my mistakes so you don’t have to go through mine.
The most common skin care mistakes are:
- Layering way too many treatments into one routine
- Pull your eyelids to apply the liner
- Forget your body
- ignore your neck
- About scrub
- Sleep with makeup on
- Don’t use SPF
1. Layering too many skincare products in a routine
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You might be thinking that the more steps, the more products, the faster results, right? Well, there comes a point when it’s too much and you could do more damage.
Skin care products that contain ingredients like AHA or BHA, retinol, vitamin C, benzoyl peroxide, or other acids all tend to have irritating properties on their own, so using them all together can be a mistake.
Layering all these types of ingredients together can make the products too strong for your skin, which can lead to redness, irritation, and dry skin.
If you are introducing a treatment product or exfoliation product, allow a few days between uses or just limit yourself to 1-2 per routine. Trim it back if you notice signs of redness and flaky skin!
2. Forget your body
Skin care doesn’t just begin and end on the face – the rest of our body also needs our attention.
Applying a body lotion from top to bottom once a day, preferably after a shower, not only makes your skin shine like a goddess – it also keeps your epidermis in top shape.
As we age, our collagen and elastin production slows down more…and more…and more. By using body lotion daily, you’re ahead of the game.
We spend a lot of time and money taking care of our facial skin, but neglect the rest of our body.
Choose lotions with skin-firming ingredients like CoQ-10, caffeine, and vitamin C to boost circulation and collagen.
If you’re pressed for time, use a body moisturizer on wet skin before exiting the shower.
Choose body washes that are free of sulfates and other stripping ingredients. As good as it may feel at first, they make your skin itchy for moisture.
Don’t forget to stay hydrated and get some exercise every week. If you keep your body healthy on the inside, it will look great on the outside
3. ignore your neck
My grandmother knew what she was talking about when it came to two things: how to cook a Thanksgiving turkey… and skin care.
As a model in the 1950s and as someone who was constantly mistaken for Elizabeth Taylor, really should I listened to her teach me a basic rule of skin care: “Whatever you do to your face, do to your neck”.
Unfortunately, I didn’t take this to heart until my late 20s, when low-lying lines started to rear their heads.
It might not be as bad as it is could but I know if I had taken better care of my neck earlier it would be in a better condition.
In particular, we neglect the neck, the décolleté (the chest) and the backs of the hands.
Whether we realize it or not, our neck, chest and hands get a lot of exposure to the sun. These areas also show some of the first visible signs of aging.
These delicate, exposed areas of our skin need the same tender love and care that we give to our face, and in many cases are even more sensitive than our face. Neglecting these areas can lead to the same signs of premature aging that we see on our faces.
As you clean and moisturize your throat, gently work your products in an upward motion. You never want to pull the skin down. Continue to tighten and dry the masks a way from areas below the chin (I don’t care what YouTube says).
Apply a hydrating mask from the collarbone to the cheek and chin (don’t forget the sides!). Do this twice a week. Next, when you apply your facial moisturizer, bring it down to you as well.
4. Excessive peeling
Let’s face it, we all love how our skin feels after a good exfoliation. Our skin feels smooth, looks radiant and the sand and dirt that has left our pores looking less than pristine has finally been scrubbed away. I’m sorry about your blister bursting, but so does the protective layer of your skin.
When we exfoliate our skin, we remove a layer of skin that helps protect itself from the environment. This in turn exposes our skin to elements like dust and UVA/UVB rays which cause more problems in the long run.
When we exfoliate excessively, we unintentionally give aging a head start and can mess up our skin’s protective barrier.
Exfoliating too much with physical products can also cause irritation. Just because it’s super scrubbing doesn’t mean it’s right for your skin.
Limit exfoliation to 3 times a week. Choose the gentlest scrub that gets the job done.
You may find that you don’t to need Hardcore peels for the long haul. Try a product without abrasive ingredients and try a chemical peel instead, e.g. B. those with glycolic acid.
If using an abrasive scrub, limit exfoliation to 5-8 seconds per area to avoid over-exfoliation and further scaly patches once your skin has healed.
5. Sleeping with makeup on
As mentioned above, this is one of the biggest skincare mistakes makeup wearers make.
You knew this was coming. Don’t worry, we’ve all been there. the last thing You’re thinking of taking off that dazzling highlight and glittery shadow at the end of a long day. I feel you.
We don’t just wake up to a hot mess because our mascara and eyeliner have become one entity, smudged halfway down our face, our skin is dry, our pores are now clogged and we might even be the beginning of a breakout notice.
fAce Wipes are also not a cleansing. However, today there is a miracle worker that I Wish I had at these points in my life: and it’s micellar solution. If you can get a bottle of micellar solution to remove your makeup before you pass out, do it.
If you’re just sleeping in your makeup because you feel like it… I don’t even know what to tell you except STOP!
You’ll regret it when your skin rebels and begins what I call “the cycle of destruction.” We break out, we cover it up, we make it worse and it scars. The more we do this to our skin, the more damage is left behind.
6. Not using SPF properly
This is probably the biggest mistake of all, after all, sun damage is the #1 cause of photo aging!
I don’t care if your makeup has SPF, get in the habit of applying SPF before you apply your makeup.
Make a habit of doing it now because you will do it for the rest of your life. Nothing is more harmful than the sun. nothing.
Sun damage can lead to things like:
- loss of elasticity
- sagging, “leathery” skin
- large pores
- Sunspots, dark spots
Another of the biggest skincare mistakes people make is not protecting their lips with SPF. Many of us neglect the delicate skin on our lips, which is thinner and more prone to damage. Wrinkles, sun spots and cancer can all appear on the lips, so protecting them is especially important.
7. Pull on the eyelids
I think we Everyone know this is a big no-no. I’m including this in my list because I vividly remember times when I did it anyway, knowing full well that it’s one of the worst Things you could possibly do to yourself in the name of a perfect cat eye.
If you’ve done it once, you’ll do it again. It may not seem important now, and it may be easily justified at the moment, but I beg you – don’t listen to that little voice that says, “I’ll deal with the ramifications later”.
“Minor inflammation of the skin, even from rubbing, can lead to collagen damage over time and promote the development of early wrinkling.” says dermatologist Joshua Zeichner.
The skin around your eyes is also thinner and more delicate than elsewhere on your face. Once that skin starts to lose its elasticity (which it will), there’s no going back. The gentler you are with your eye area now, the less likely you are to ever consider an eye lift.
You can also invest in a gentle eye cream. Use it every night by patting it into your skin with your ring finger.
Keep clay masks and other dry masks that tighten as they dry away from your eye area at all costs.
People with oily skin might think it’s better to skip moisturizer because the last thing you want is for your skin to look oilier, right?
The truth is, oily skin needs hydration too! When skin is dry it tends to produce more oil to compensate.
The trick is finding the right moisturizer for you. If you have oily skin, look for a water-based and lightweight moisturizer. If you’re acne-prone, it’s going to take some hits or misses, but try to find a moisturizer that isn’t very heavy on the skin either.