Do you ever feel like you’re doing everything right when it comes to your skincare routine, but your skin just isn’t cooperating? If so, you might be making one (or more) of these common skincare mistakes.
YOU ONLY USE A FEW PRODUCTS OCCASIONALLY
Cherry-picking products and applying them inconsistently is one of the most common errors in skincare. To see real results from a product, you need to give it at least a month of solid usage. That means using it every day, as directed. Even if you don’t see results right away, trust that the product is working its magic and give it time. After all, you didn’t see results from your last workout after one session, so why would you expect to see results from a new skincare product after just a few uses?
YOU AREN’T USING SUNSCREEN, WHICH IS MISTAKE NUMBER TWO. (THIS IS A MAJOR FAUX PAS IN THE WORLD OF SKINCARE.)
Preventative measures are key when it comes to taking care of your skin. Make sure to wear sunscreen with an SPF of at least 30 every day, even if it’s cloudy or you don’t plan on spending much time outdoors. Using sunscreen is an investment in your future health – you might not see the benefits now, but they’ll be well worth it when you’re older.
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THIRD, YOU’RE MIXING AND MATCHING PRODUCTS IN THE WRONG WAY
When applying add-ons such as eye cream, the order is important. Apply it before your face cream to shield the skin around your eyes. Another example: Serum. This should be applied before any facial moisturizer. It’s best to start by applying the thinnest products with the highest concentration of active ingredients first, this allows the skin to absorb the product better. For example, if you are using a retinol serum, apply it before your face cream. Otherwise, the face cream will act as a barrier and the retinol won’t be able to penetrate the skin.
Note: There ARE exceptions to this sometimes. For example, if you have particularly sensitive skin, then layering retinol over a thin moisturizer can help while your skin gradually adjusts to its effects. But for the majority, it’s best to go from thinnest to thickest consistency when it comes to product.
YOU ARE DISRUPTING THE CIRCADIAN RHYTHM OF YOUR SKIN
To keep your skin healthy and happy, you must give it both daytime protection and nighttime regeneration. Just like your phone’s operating system, your skin handles all the grunt work in the background. At night while you’re asleep, your skin goes into repair mode, working to heal damage from the day and prepare for the challenges of the next day. That’s why it’s so important to get a good night’s sleep! And also why it’s important to choose a good night cream that will work hard to repair and protect your skin while you sleep.
YOU’VE BEEN KNOWN TO SWITCH UP YOUR SKINCARE ROUTINE FIVE TIMES A WEEK
If you’re dedicated to taking care of your skin, it’s best to avoid the constant stream of new “miracle products” that seem to pop up every week. Applying too many new products at once can irritate your skin and make it difficult to tell which ones are actually effective. Stick to a few trusted brands and products that you know work well for you, and your skin will thank you in the long run!
For the best possible skin care, you should always opt for medical grade products. These are the highest quality products on the market, and they’re specifically designed to care for your skin in the best way possible. The products are formulated to provide you with results that you can see and feel, and they are backed by science.
If you’re dedicated to taking care of your skin, it’s best to avoid the constant stream of new “miracle products” that seem to pop up every week.