#Skincare Mistakes #skincare #skin problems #Common Skincare Mistakes #damage our skin barrier
Before you question what mistakes you are making in your skincare routine, ask yourself do you really know what your skin needs. The skin is the largest organ of the body, and being negligent to its requirements will only cause more harm than good. Maybe you are one of the lucky people who have never had acne issues or any type of skin problems. That doesn’t give you a free pass for not taking care of your skin.
The majority of us deal with skin problems daily. Acne, dry skin, oily skin, damaged skin barrier, blackheads, etc., we’ve all dealt with it one way or the other. Often, we forget that our skin needs to be taken care of too. Every individual is different, and the same applies to our skin’s needs too. What might work for you may not work for others. Taking care of your skin now will prove to be beneficial for you in the long run. Wouldn’t you want radiant and healthy-looking skin in your 50s and 60s?
We do many things in our day-to-day life that damage our skin barrier. Many of us remain unaware of the harm we cause to our skin until it’s too late. Starting a skincare routine might seem like a chore. Finding the right products, following steps, investing in quality skin care products, figuring out what suits your skin, etc., will feel bothersome unless you learn to like what you are doing. The saying ‘Prevention is better than cure’ applies to skincare too. Instead of spending thousands of dollars visiting the dermatologist for every skin-related issue, avoiding practices that damage the skin is a more feasible option.
8 skincare mistakes to avoid
There are a lot of skin-damaging habits you must be unknowingly doing. Stop making these mistakes and learn to trust your skin. Using numerous topical skincare products won’t give you flawless, smooth skin. Your skin is an organ, and it knows what it is doing. It knows how to repair and restore itself. It regulates cell turnover and sebum production. Your skin already knows its functions. All it needs to properly function is for you to take care of it and stop making the following mistakes-
1. Treating every part of your skin equally
One major mistake we make is not understanding the physiological difference in our skin. Obviously, you don’t need a separate product for each area, but understanding what your skin requires for specific parts can be the game changer. Some of you might have a dry or oilier T-zone, while some develop hyperpigmentation around the cheeks, some may be more prone to acne, and others may have overly sensitive skin. Find out what these areas need and tailor your skincare routine accordingly. Some examples are:-
- Spot treatment for acne. You don’t need to use acne products all over your face.
- Controlling the amount of moisturizer you use for different areas. Dry areas need more moisturization and hydration, while oilier areas need a lesser but adequate amount of moisturizer.
- Affordable but good quality eye cream as the skin around your eye is thin and sensitive.
2. Cleansing your face aggressively
We are all guilty of doing this. The mindset that if you wash your face more, then it’ll be cleaner, or cleansing for more than 10 minutes, using strong cleansing agents, etc., damages the skin barrier. Too much of anything can be detrimental. Cleansing your face more does help keep it clean but also takes away all the components that naturally moisturize your skin. It can lead to drier skin and more sebum production as the skin tries to restore the loss of essential moisturizing components. Hence, you should avoid aggressive cleansing routines.
3. Applying a whole range of active ingredients
Active ingredients such as AHA, BHA, retinol, Vitamin A, etc., do show positive results. However, your skin does not require the application of a full range of active ingredients. It’ll only stress your skin out. Incorporate these ingredients only when your skin needs them, one at a time or in whatever combination your dermatologist suggests.
4. Too much acne medication
Almost everyone deals with acne issues, some more than others. That doesn’t mean you use acne skin care products, medication, and ingredients every day. Acne medication does work wonders. Benzoyl peroxide and salicylic acid do help combat acne. However, learn to give your skin the time to heal and recover by itself. As stated above, your skin knows its job and will function properly if given the proper time. Consult a dermatologist if you have severe acne.
5. Skipping out on sunscreen
Do not forget to use sunscreen. Keep a small, handy sunscreen applicator with you and reapply the sunscreen throughout the day. Sunscreen helps protect the skin barrier from the harmful UV rays of the sun.
6. Overusing cleansing products
Cleansing your face with hard scrubs can damage the protective layer of your skin and make it more prone to acne and other skin-related issues. Overusing cotton pads and towels to remove makeup, or rubbing a cleansing cloth on your face aggressively can cause undue damage to the skin. Use cotton pads or towels with a smooth surface, and be gentle while wiping the makeup.
7. Overdrying oily skin and not using moisturizer
People who have oily skin think that using moisturizer will cause their faces to become oilier. It is actually the other way around. Overdrying oily skin can cause more sebum production because your skin is trying to balance out the moisture requirement. To compensate for the loss of moisture, the skin goes on overdrive and produces more sebum than it needs to. Many of you will have oily but dehydrated skin. Opting for gel moisturizers can help restore balance, keeping your skin hydrated and moisturized.
8. Not having a balanced skincare routine
A mistake everyone makes is either using too many skincare items or none at all. We fail to understand what our skin requires and end up with too less or too much usage of products. Try to identify what your skin needs. Buy and use those products that serve the requirements of your skin. Avoid applying too many skin care products that do not serve any purpose. Maintain a balance in your skincare and diet to achieve healthier-looking skin. Make sure your skin is properly hydrated and moisturized.
What kind of sunscreen and moisturizer is good for oily skin?
Gel-based sunscreens and moisturizers.
Which ingredients help reduce acne?
Salicylic acid and Benzoyl peroxide.
What are the active ingredients used in skincare?
AHA, BHA, Retinol, Vitamin A, Vitamin C etc.
How to maintain healthy skin?
Eating a balanced diet, hydrating and moisturizing skin, and investing in quality skincare products