Skincare is a special ritual we have for ourselves. With the best intentions, we want to nourish our skin to keep it looking its best for as long as possible. Unfortunately even with the best intentions, we can end up sabotaging our skin’s health without even realizing we’re doing anything wrong.
Let's face it. Skincare mistakes happen. The best thing you can do is be knowledgable in what can harm your skin. Take a little extra time to give your skin the best treatment so that pampering yourself doesn't have to be difficult. Learn the following skin care mistakes that are damaging your skin — and how to avoid them.
1. Same skincare routine in your 30s that you used in your 20s
Your skin changes with your age, which means your skincare routine should be too. Younger skin tends to be more hydrated, plum and be oilier than aged skin. Leave those harsh scrubs you used in your 20s behind and switch to something more gentle now that you're in your 30s.
As skin ages, it's important to remember that skin becomes thinner and dryer. Stay away from astringents and alcohol based products which may cause excessive dryness and premature wrinkles. Alternatively, seek out cleansers with a gentle exfoliant and moisturizer. Adapting your skin care routine is key.
2. Products not formulated for your skin
There is no one-size-fits-all product when it comes to skincare. Make sure you find products for your particular skin type. To be on the safe side, look for brand that are based on Ayurvedic science since they're usually suitable for all skin types. You could be using a product not suited for your skin’s unique needs and this, in turn, may cause wrinkles and blemishes to become more pronounced over time.
Figure out which products are specifically formulated for your particular skin’s needs.
4. Excessive exfoliation
Exfoliation removes dead skin cells that build up over time and allow new skin cells to regenerate when dull rough skin is removed. This may sound tempting but exfoliating too often can actually damage your skin and lower your skin's ability to fight off free radicals and other environmental toxins.
Excess exfoliation increases you skin's risk of sun damage that causes premature aging. Be sure to keep your exfoliation routine to a minimum of 1-2 times per week.
5. Not wearing sunscreen
One of the most common reasons why our skin experiences premature aging is from over-exposure to sunlight and UV rays. Sun exposure is responsible for 90% of premature aging and slows down our skin’s natural healing process.
Note that most UV ray exposure comes from our daily activities such as:
Driving or riding in a car
Being near a window at home or office
Taking a stroll outside, even on a could winter day
Our daily outdoor activities increase the chances of overexposure to UV rays. Wearing sunscreen every day of the year, rain or shine, indoors or outdoors can help fight against overexposure.
6. Not applying moisturizer immediately after cleansing
If you didn't know already, there’s a 60-second rule at play here. After cleansing your skin, you should immediately be applying an alcohol-free toner and moisturizer within the first 60 seconds!
Bare skin tends to dehydrate at a much faster rate. When your pores lack hydration, this increases your chances of premature aging.
We didn't forget the men.
7. Low cost razors
All you men out there should know by now that all razors are not created equal. Razors are designed to scrape the skin, grabbing and lifting hair to be cut. This scraping, over time, causes your skin to become overly sensitive, dry, blemished, and prematurely aged.
Find razors that are of good quality to allow a closer shave without irritating your skin.
8. Beards are not barriers
We get it, you love your beard. However, it’s not a barrier. Your skin underneath needs to be cared for regularly just like the rest of your face.
Make sure your cleanser penetrates your beard and reaches the skin beneath. It’s a good idea to use pre-shave oil to moisturize and protect your skin when you have facial hair.