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The Most Common Skin Mistakes

Updated: Dec 14, 2022

Having blemish-free and flawless skin is the goal of many people worldwide. Many skincare enthusiasts go miles length when it comes to taking care of their skin. Despite following their skincare routines, many people don't get the desired result due to making very common skin mistakes!

Listed below are some of the most common skincare mistakes many people make:

1. Over Exfoliating the Skin

Exfoliation seems very satisfying when the layer of dead skin cells comes off, leaving the skin soft and smooth. But… over-exfoliating the skin damages the skin barrier and makes it vulnerable to irritation, flakiness, itchiness, pathogens and sun damage which can accelerate aging. Exfoliation should be limited to two or three times a week only. Exfoliation promotes cell turnover and can have many benefits for the skin.

2. Skipping Sunscreen

Applying sunscreen daily (and reapplying as needed) is essential for protecting your skin against the harmful ultraviolet radiations present in sunlight. The ultraviolet rays can still affect skin even if it is cloudy, if you are inside, and even during the winter. Wearing sunscreen protects the skin from sun damage, sunburn, and skin cancer. Apply a broad-spectrum sunscreen having an SPF of at least 30 on your bare skin such as arms, face, neck, and legs whenever you go out. It is better to use non-toxic sunscreen containing active ingredients such as zinc oxide or titanium dioxide.

3. Not Moisturizing the Skin

Moisturizing the skin is an essential component of every skincare routine. Many people having oily skin often skip this step thinking that oily skin doesn't require moisture. However, in reality, oily skin can become dehydrated. By not having enough moisture, the skin compensates by producing excessive oil, which signals needing more water content. Make sure to drink enough water daily and moisturize your skin twice a day using a moisturizer that is right for your skin type.

4. Using things that are NOT meant to be used on the face

Using things like bar soap, body wash, baking soda, or toothpaste on your face can irritate the skin, and strip away moisture and essential oils. Be sure to only use products formulated to specifically be used on the face.

5. Sleeping with your Makeup on

Going to bed without removing makeup damages the skin. No matter how tired you are, avoid sleeping with makeup on as it clogs the pores, which ultimately leads to breakouts. Always wash your face before going to bed. If wearing makeup, it is best to do two cleanses. The first one is to remove the makeup and the second one is to cleanse the skin.

6. Sleeping in the Same Pillow Case

Changing the pillowcase every few days is an essential part of the skincare routine. Pillowcases accumulate dust, dirt, and bacteria over time that travels onto your skin and can lead to acne. Make a habit of changing your pillowcase every other day to help prevent breakouts.

7. Changing your Skincare Products Frequently aka Product Hopping

Skincare enthusiasts often want to buy new products and try out new routines. It can be tempting to be impatient if you are not seeing immediate results. Some skincare products take anywhere from weeks to months of consistent use to see results. If you are product hopping constantly, you may not ever see the results you want! Get on a skincare routine, be consistent, and be patient!

8. Not Moisturizing after taking a Bath or shower

Bathing/showering in hot water feels relaxing but skipping moisturizing your skin afterward makes it feel dry, tight, and itchy. Exfoliating or cleaning the skin with hot water damages the skin and makes it prone to excessive dryness and dehydration. Be sure to moisturize your body immediately after stepping out of the bath/shower to prevent dehydration.

9. Popping pimples/Picking your Skin

Popping your pimples feels very satisfying but can bring more damage than satisfaction. Popping pimples not only feels painful but if done incorrectly, can move and transmit the bacteria, dirt, and pus deeper into the skin or to other areas of the skin, which causes inflammation, infection and trauma. Picking the skin constantly can cause inflammation and scarring. If you are having breakouts, one of the best things to do is see someone for a facial treatment and professional extractions! To prevent pimples, my favourite products are: AHAs, BHAs, Benzoyl Peroxide, Retinol, and Sulfur. To treat pimples, I prefer to use Pimple Patches, and spot treatments. To assist with redness and inflammation, I use ice! Apply ice to the area for 10 seconds, then off for 10 seconds. Repeat for a total of 3 times.

10. Using the wrong products for your skin

Using the incorrect products for your skin type can be detrimental. For example, if your skin is dry, using foaming, harsh cleansers and scrubs may exacerbate your skin issues, making it even drier, more irritated, red, flaky, etc. If you are unsure of your skin type, book in for a facial treatment. We can analyze your skin, determine your skin type, and recommend products that will be beneficial for you.

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