You want that dazzling, beautiful skin. I mean, who doesn’t? We all want to glow. You invest so much time, energy, and money in taking care of your skin. But despite the dedication you give your skin, it just doesn’t act right sometimes. The reason for this may be a few bad habits. So, even if you think you are doing things correctly, there are some things you are probably doing wrong. Here are some common skincare mistakes you may be making.
1. Doing too much
So, you want to achieve that creamy flawless skin. You think you need to get a truckload of products. Well, I’ve got good news for you. You don’t have to apply a ton of products to your body to achieve beautiful skin. Sometimes, less is more. You don’t have to go overboard when applying products. You may think that the more products you apply, the better and faster the results will be. But, you’d only be stressing your skin. Save yourself the time and money and just stick with the basics and you’ll be fine.
2. Changing products often
This is one very common skincare mistake a lot of people make. People are very quick to change products if they don’t see the desired results. You may think the products are not working and so, you quickly switch to something else. This is very wrong. When it comes to skincare, patience is very important. You need to give the products time to work, rather than discard them if you feel otherwise.
There is a condition where your skin may react badly to products when you start using them. So you panic and stop using the products altogether. Fret not. This condition is called skin purging. It is just a phase where the products deeply cleanse the skin and the skin “vomits” the impurities by breaking out. So, don’t be in a hurry to discard your products out of fear. It is just a phase and your skin will clear out in due time.
3. Incorrect order of application
Applying your skincare products in the wrong order may hinder you from reaping the full benefits of your investment. For example, you can’t expect to reap the benefits of sunscreen if you use it before moisturizing. You need to learn how to apply products correctly to unlock the full potential of your products.
4. Not knowing your skin type/condition
It may be very tempting to hop on the bandwagon and follow the words of our favorite celebrities, influencers, or even family and friends. But that isn’t helpful at all. First of all, no two people are the same. Everyone is different, so what works for your favorite influencer may not work for you. What your skin needs may be different from what the next person needs.
You need to know your skin type and condition to give your skin what it needs. A person with oily skin and a person with sensitive skin have very different needs. Let’s say your goal is to lock in moisture or clear acne. Let your target dictate your products. So, get your products for what you want to do or what you want to achieve.
5. Not wearing sunscreen
A common misconception about sunscreen is that it is unnecessary for dark-skinned people. It is only meant for white or light-skinned people. That is total hogwash. Sunscreen is for everyone. The skin needs to be protected from the harsh rays of the sun which could cause a lot of skin problems including cancer. Sunscreen is not just meant for a certain group of people neither is it supposed to be only applied when at the beach. So, start applying enough sunscreen during the day.
6. Not changing your pillowcase regularly
What does this have to do with anything? Does it matter? Yes, it does. This changes everything. A lot of people can go for weeks, even months without changing their pillowcases and bedsheets. This is only a recipe for failure. You can’t say you’re on a skincare journey without taking your bed apparel into account.
Your pillowcase comes into contact with your face all the time. Even your hair touches your pillowcase. Germs and dirt from your hair and face transfer to the pillowcase all the time. So, don’t think your pillowcase is so clean. The more you leave your pillowcase, the more the germs multiply and still come in contact with your face. So, do well to change your pillowcase regularly.
7. Aggressively washing your face
Do you think scrubbing your face dutifully will remove the dirt and germs? Think again. Scrubbing your face aggressively and often will only strip your face of its natural oils which will lead to dryness. Your face will end up being red and maybe itchy. So, take your time and wash your face gently. You can use your fingers or a soft face towel in gentle, circular strokes.
Everyone is guilty of at least one of these mistakes so don’t beat yourself up about it. It is totally fine, but be sure not to repeat them. Now that you know what not to do, go ahead and take your skincare journey to the next level.