Caring for your skin can be challenging, especially since there is no one-size-fits-all approach. You may find yourself torn between toners and moisturizers and wondering what the difference between a serum and an essence might be. There are so many things to do, and there’s plenty of information to be aware of to craft the perfect routine!
That said, you might be making a few simple mistakes that could prevent your skin from looking as great as it could. By the end of this article, you’ll be aware of a few simple skincare mistakes to avoid and be more equipped to provide your skin with everything it needs.
Overcomplicating Your Routine
An easy mistake to avoid when taking care of your skin is to not overcomplicate your routine. Your skin needs nutrients, much like plants or flowers. If you give a plant too many fertilizers or continually change the fertilizers you use, it might get sick and won’t grow.
Giving your skin too many products can upset its natural balance and lead to irritation, breakouts, dryness, and more. The best thing you can do is to use a maximum of four different targeted products and keep your routine simple.
Using the Wrong Products
Speaking of keeping your routine simple and using a few products, a big mistake many people who are new to skincare make is using the wrong products for their skin. You have a specific skin type, which could be oily, dry, combination, or normal.
Certain products are specifically designed to treat these skin types to address specific issues. Remember, your goal is to address your unique skin concerns, so it’s essential to find a routine that suits your skin. A general guideline is if your skin is oily, you need lightweight products that won’t clog your pores. Meanwhile, you need moisturizing products that hydrate if your skin is dry.
Not Performing Patch Tests
One of the worst things you can do is just jump into a skincare routine without knowing its effects on your skin. Many people make the mistake of simply using a product only to find that it causes an allergic reaction or worsens their skin.
This can easily be solved by performing a patch test with each new product. To perform a patch test, follow these simple instructions:
- Cleanse the area you wish to apply the product to, usually your inner forearm.
- Apply the product to the area, but only use a small amount according to the product’s instructions.
- Wait for at least 24 to 48 hours to give the product time to work.
- Observe and monitor the area during this time for signs of irritation. Some reactions are delayed, so don’t be hasty when using new products.
Exfoliating Too Much
Exfoliating is an essential part of any skincare routine. It helps remove dead skin and promote the renewal of new skin, but the mistake you don’t want to make is doing it too much.
Note that you can cause irritation and damage by over-exfoliating. When you exfoliate too much, you damage the skin’s protective barrier, which makes it easier for bacteria to get in. It’s recommended only to exfoliate a maximum of twice a week.
In terms of which exfoliator to use, this would depend on your skin type. You can use physical exfoliators like brushes or scrubs, but you’ll have to be gentle. You can also use chemical exfoliators, but be sure to do a patch test first if you have sensitive skin.
Ignoring Changes to Your Skin
Finally, the last mistake to avoid is ignoring changes to your skin while implementing a skincare routine. Many people continue using the same products and routine even after they notice that their skin is not the same as it was.
Over time, your skin type can change depending on the products that you use, your diet, and your lifestyle. Some people begin routines with oily skin but gradually develop dry skin. If this happens to you, you need to change your routine accordingly. Similarly, if you notice that your products aren’t working, you need to adapt your routine for the desired results.