With all of the dermatological fads and skin care trends today, it can be hard to tell what’s right and what’s wrong. You may find yourself plagued with questions like Am I exfoliating enough? or My friends swear by these cleansers… but why aren’t they helping me? While it’s best to create a personalized skin care regimen with the help of a licensed esthetician, you can start improving your skin health today by avoiding these top 7 skin care mistakes!
The Top 7 Skin Care Mistakes to Avoid At All Costs
As you strengthen your commitment to effective skin care, be sure to avoid these 7 top skin care mistakes that are most definitely making your skin worse!
In moderation, exfoliation is great for your skin! It also feels good, especially with a special brush. In fact, exfoliation is a necessary part of repairing and brightening your complexion because it gets rid of old cells. This makes it easier for the nutrients in advanced skin care products to penetrate the skin’s protective barrier and deliver necessary nutrients. However, you only need to exfoliate one to three times weekly.
You should exfoliate even less during the summer months. This is because chlorine, sun, and heat naturally increase skin sensitivity, making exfoliation seem more abrasive.
If you exfoliate too often, these side effects are likely to occur:
- Chronic Inflammation: Prolonged inflammation is a natural result of over-exfoliating. This is associated with tissue destruction and one of the biggest causes of aging.
- Skin Trauma: Exfoliating too frequently can cause severe skin trauma, leading to the destruction of healthy cells. In other words, overdoing it sets you up for undue free radical damage. Again, chronic exfoliation is one of the biggest skin care mistakes that triggers premature aging!
- Skin Discoloration: Excess exfoliation may cause too much melanin production, leading to an increase in skin discoloration. Is your skin is already at risk for discoloration? Avoid conditions like hyperpigmentation by using exfoliation sparingly.
- Damage to the Skin’s Protective Barrier: Another effect is a damaged skin barrier. This can dry out your skin, causing moisture to seep out.
Remember, moderation is the key word. Exfoliating should definitely not be a part of your daily routine! Instead, use a quality exfoliating face mask like Spalina’s CranGlow MilkZyme one to two times a week.
2. Skipping Your Nightly Cleanse
In addition to washing your face in the morning, you should always wash it before bed. This is important for a few reasons. First, it thoroughly clears away your makeup. If you don’t wash away your makeup, then you risk enlarged pores and acne. It also gets rid of the oil, dirt, sweat, and other irritants from the environment. It’s also important to wash your face at night to allow your skin to do what it naturally does at night: run its own “exfoliation cycle” by shedding dead skin cells.
If you don’t cleanse your face at night, then you run the risk of developing a tired, lackluster complexion. Additionally, failure to combat free radicals with a good night time cleanse contributes to premature aging.
3. Buying Based on Your Friend’s Recommendations
There are certain products you can take take via recommendation at face value, such as household cleaning products or cereal brands. However, skin care products are not something you should buy based on a friend’s recommendation. This is because the skin is a complex organ, and you have your own unique biochemical makeup. In other words, what works for your friends might be horrible for your skin! For example, if you have sensitive skin, a more aggressive product could wreak havoc on your complexion. But if you have oily or acne-prone skin, something like Spalina’s Antioxidant Acne Serum could be perfect for you.
Instead of relying on word-of-mouth, read skin care labels and descriptions carefully. Better yet, schedule a date with a licensed esthetician to create a custom-made regimen.
4. Drying Out Your Skin
Another skin care mistake to avoid is over-drying your skin, which ultimately leads to a damaged moisture barrier. To summarize, healthy skin has a light layer of hydro-lipid film, which is composed of oil. This film helps prevent chronic inflammation, premature aging, and other skin conditions.
In contrast, dry skin appears tight and dull. Without the protective hydro-lipid film barrier, the skin is at risk for trans-epidermal water loss, leading to dehydration. This causes a serious problem when the skin is no longer to absorb moisture.
In order to prevent drying out your skin, you should:
- Avoid over-exfoliating
- Incorporate a hydrating toner into your skin care routine
- Stay away from products containing harsh ingredients
- Resist the urge to wash your face several times a day, even if you struggle with acne
- Use a quality daily moisturizer, like the Manuka Infused Lipid Creme
- Drink plenty of water
5. Not Using SPF on a Daily Basis
It’s also important to wear SPF on a daily basis. And this means year-round! The UVA rays that can cause premature wrinkles and skin cancer are just as powerful in cooler months as they are in July. Therefore, you should always wear SPF protection on your face, neck, and all exposed skin. Wide-brimmed hats, sunglasses, and staying in the shade are also good secondary precautions.
6. Picking At Your Face When You Have Breakouts
Of course it’s tempting to pick at your face when you have acne. Understandably, you may feel self-conscious and want to get rid of blemishes as quickly as possible! However, picking at your blemishes can cause a closed bump to turn into an oozing, bleeding scab. Healing from a scab takes time, and it’s a drawn-out process with lots of flaking. Additionally, picking at your pimples causes open wounds, leaving your skin vulnerable to infections. Even though it’s hard not to pick, remember that scabbing and infections take longer to heal than blemishes!
Another helpful truth is that it is easier to cover up acne with makeup. However, it’s much more difficult to smooth makeup over bumpy scabs.
Recommended: “How Do I Get Rid of a Blemish Fast?“
7. Not Using Targeting Serums with Essential Nutrients
Finally, an often overlooked “skin sin” is not using specially formulated serums. Your skin needs essential nutrients, just like your body needs food! For example, ingredients like mandelic and lactic acids, retinaldehyde, probiotics, hyaluronic acids, phospholipids, and vital plant extracts are all like “food” that serums deliver directly to your skin. Without these vital nutrients and antioxidants, your skin care routine is incomplete! Advanced dermatology skin care products are necessary for increasing collagen and elastin production, maintaining soft and supple skin, and fending off wrinkles and fine lines.
Depending on your skin type, you’ll benefit from different formulas. For example, the MultiNutrient VitaFluid Serum, contains a blend of 21 antioxidants alongside a plumping peptide. This is a great serum for skin that is too sensitive for Vitamin A, and it also is a must for anyone at high risk for free radical damage.
Start Where You Can
First of all, relax! Even if you found yourself guilty of all of these “skin care skins,” you don’t have to change everything at once. Start with one change to your skin care regimen. After you’ve mastered that, move on to the next. I recommend starting with a nutrient-rich serum, if you want to see noticeable results quickly. Another easy step is washing your face every night.