You might have noticed some people get age spots and wrinkles much earlier than others, making them look older than they really are. Knowing the worst skin care mistakes and myths can help you avoid and repair skin damage on the face naturally. That is exactly the topic of today’s article: overcoming the worst skin care mistakes (such as over washing the face) and other myths that can lead to permanent damage of the skin as well as ways to avoid them:
1. Washing the face with water only
This is the number one mistake to avoid if you want to get rid of acne and prevent potential breakouts. Invest in a gentle, non-alcohol cleanser which can help you get rid of excess sebum and tackle pesky acne and blackheads. It is a myth that water alone is the best way to wash the face. Our skin needs a mild de-greasing cleanser to get rid of pollutants, oil and dirt which accumulates as we go about our day-to-day tasks.
2. Over washing the face
Over washing the face is a big mistake that can cause acne. You should not cleanse your face more than twice a day since excess washing leads to dryness and triggers sebum production. So avoid washing your face too much-no more than once in the morning and once before bed time to remove the makeup.
3. Not using a daily CTM routine
CTM stands for cleansing toning moisturizing. Cleansing helps you get rid of excess sebum and oil. The toner makes the skin more receptive to the serum or moisturizer you use. Look for toners with ingredients like witch hazel which can fight acne and blemishes. A moisturizing serum goes deep into the dermis to boost collagen and elastin and also prevent moisture loss.
4. Not being dedicated to skin care routine
This is one of the worst skin care mistakes which you must avoid at all costs. If you are not dedicated to your CTM routine, your skin will continue piling layer upon layer of dead skin cells-making all your skin care products ineffective. So follow a strict skin care routine and make sure you are dedicated to it.
5. Sleeping with makeup piled on
If you are looking for ways how to repair skin damage on the face naturally, you must start by being fastidious about removing all makeup you have applied for the day-no matter how tired you are at night. Use baby oil or a dedicated makeup remover to gently, and firmly, remove the foundation, concealer and eye makeup you have applied. This is a surefire way of reducing acne breakouts and zits.
6. Not applying sunscreen
This costly skin care mistake is actually number one on our list of worst skin care mistakes to avoid. If you do not wear sunscreen indoors or on cloudy days thinking there is no sun to harm you; think again. The UV rays of the sun are always at work – so apply sunscreen daily and especially on cloudy days when the UV activity is at its peak.
7. Not reapplying sunscreen
If you have been applying sunscreen-congratulations! You are doing great! But if you are not reapplying it every 2-4 hours, then you are making the same mistake over and over. Reapplying sunscreen is necessary not just on the days you spend on the beach or in the water, but every single day. Sunscreen reapplication is even more important if you are using products containing alpha hydroxyl acids, Retinol or have recently undergone laser, micro-dermabrasion or chemical peels. All these skin treatments render the skin susceptible to sun damage.
8. Drinking too much caffeine and alcohol but not enough water
No matter what you apply on your skin for enhancing its beauty, your efforts will go to waste if you are a heavy drinker. Alcohol dehydrates your skin making it wrinkled, puffy and saggy. On the days you party, try to at least alternate each alcoholic beverage with a glass or two of water. This will help rehydrate the body from inside out. Similarly limit your caffeine intake to no more than 2 cups per day. If possible quit!
Nicotine in cigarettes enters the blood stream causing a premature aged look. If you want gorgeous, healthy and younger skin, then it is time to say goodbye to cigarettes.
10. Not changing skin care products frequently
Our skin’s requirements change based on our age, diet, season etc. In winters, our skin needs an extra barrier to keep it hydrated and prevent moisture loss. In summers, it needs an effective sunscreen to prevent tanning and fine lines. So analyze your skin’s requirements and change your products accordingly.
11. Changing skin care products frequently
You might think we are being whimsical-however, if you tend to change your skin care products frequently and end up buying things that do not suit you- you are in for a lot of trouble. Many so-called gentle products are filled with harsh chemicals that can cause acne, allergic reactions etc. So avoid buying products on the spur of the moment. Research a product thoroughly and make sure to consult a dermatologist who can prescribe skin care products based on your skin type.
12. Falling for gimmicks and ‘instant’ improvements
Many cosmetics are designed to give you a dewy and youthful appearance promising to make wrinkles and fine lines less noticeable. These products are filled with artificial dyes and optical diffusers which do more harm than good to the skin. Remember: your skin is a delicate living tissue which cannot change overnight. If you want real improvement in your skin, you must give time for good products to work. Choose products that work gently and use them as prescribed; only then will you see an improvement in your skin.
13. Not reading product labels
If you see 40 or more names on the ingredient list of a cosmetic; names which you cannot even pronounce, then it is best to steer clear of such products. Research your serum and moisturizers before investing in them. The same is true about the food you eat- after all; your skin reflects your diet and what you are on the inside.
14. Not relieving stress
Your stress levels directly impact your skin; so prolonged stress should be avoided at all costs. Combat stress through physical exercise, gentle relaxing music, mind body techniques like Yoga and meditation, deep breathing exercises and so on.
15. Not refrigerating serums and moisturizers
The summer heat as well as direct sunlight can make your expensive makeup and skin care products go rancid. So do try to refrigerate your serums and moisturizers to increase their shelf life and also to make them more effective.
16. Not cleaning makeup brushes
This is one of the worst skin care mistakes which can lead to acne breakouts. Makeup brushes harbor bacterial colonies which can lead to acne and zits. So wash and sterilize the brushes from time to time to prevent them.
17. Not exfoliating enough
The secret to flawless and glowing complexion is gentle exfoliation from time to time. Exfoliation gently removes the topmost dead skin layer to reveal younger and healthier skin. The process also makes the serums and moisturizers work more effectively.
18. Over exfoliating
Exfoliation shows great results which could tempt you into making one of the worst skin care mistakes ever- over exfoliate. Over exfoliation can, over time, harm and damage your skin causing redness, breakouts, and scars. So do not exfoliate more than once a week.
19. Using cotton pillowcases
Cotton pillowcases increase wrinkle formation as they are abrasive to the skin. Switch to satin or silk pillow covers which are gentler and reduce the pressure on the facial skin.
20. Touching your face from time to time
If you are in the habit of touching your face, popping zits and pimples or squeezing blackheads- it is time to stop. These ‘bathroom surgeries’ do a world of harm to your skin. Most importantly, these habits tend to spread bacteria around the healthy skin causing breakouts. If you need to touch your face, wash your hands first and, where possible, use a tissue to do so.
21. Not embracing a good diet
A good diet is one that is balanced and contains proteins, vitamins and minerals. So embrace a good diet which will help regenerate the skin cells and boost collagen production. A healthy diet for beautiful skin is one that contains lean proteins (chicken, turkey, eggs and fish) fruits (berries, and citrusy fruits etc), vegetables (green leafy, cruciferous veggies), beans, whole grains like quinoa as well as nuts and seeds. Avoid excess salt, sugar, refined flours and trans fats which impact the body and particularly the skin in negative ways.
So, do avoid these 21 worst skin care mistakes to see a positive difference in your skin!