We all make mistakes, and when it comes to personal care such as skin care, you could potentially be damaging your skin without even realizing it. Despite your good intentions, continue reading to find out what skin care practices you may be doing that actually yield results that are the opposite of what you intended.
Using the Wrong Face Cleanser
Sometimes half the problem with our skin issues are due to simply using the wrong cleanser. For instance, I had a client who had a dry skin type and she was using a 'daily foaming cleanser' that was really designed for oily skin types. She chose this particular cleanser because it made her skin feel 'extra clean' due to the tight feeling she got after using it. But she couldn't understand why her skin was breaking out. After a thorough consultation with her, I soon realized what the culprit was behind her breakouts: her cleanser! It was too strong a formula for her dry, parched skin, that it was depleting her natural oil production even more (and dry skin types lack necessary lipids to begin with), so her skin freaked out on her and broke out from being irritated and a damaged moisture and lipid barrier.
Therefore, it is important to know your skin type- whether you're oily, combination or dry, consult with a Licensed Esthetician at a local spa for a skin analysis and she (or he) will recommend the right home care products for you.
Over or Under-Exfoliating
It is widely common to either over-exfoliate or under-exfoliate. For instance, the electronic cleansing brushes are all the rage now and they do in fact contribute to a deeper clean, which is great. However, many cleansing brush users use it every day (yikes) and over-exfoliate the skin and compromise the moisture and lipid barrier. It is best to use it no more than three times a week if your skin is on the oily side, or no more than twice a week if your skin leans toward dry. On the other hand, a lack of exfoliation can lead to a couple of things: bumpy, congested skin or dry, rough skin. When one neglects to exfoliate, the dead surface cells can accumulate, leading to dry, dull skin. This dead skin cell build-up can create somewhat of a barrier on the skin, which won't allow proper product penetration.
Neglecting to Wear Sunscreen
This mistake leads to premature aging and wrinkling. Many people wrongly assume that sunscreen is only required when basking out in the sun on a hot summer day. The truth is, the Ultra Violet rays are present all year round- even on overcast days when you can't see the sun- therefore it is crucial to wear a moisturizer with a built-in broad spectrum sunscreen all year round to prevent signs of aging (which is by the way primarily caused by the sun).
Using Bar Soap as a Face Wash
Pardon my nagging on face cleaners, but I HAD to mention this skin care felony since it is so incredibly common. I can't tell you how many people I've encountered who happily chirp that they use bar soap on their face. Yikes! It strips the heck out of your skin, leaving it extremely dehydrated and pH un-balanced. There is a time and place for bar soap- such as on your body, but no, not your precious face. The facial skin and body skin are completely different and need to be treated accordingly. Please, please, save the body wash for the body and use a quality facial cleanser for your face.
Skipping a Moisturizer
This 'skin sin' is so common, that it makes us Estheticians want to weep (for those who are doing such a disservice to their skin!). I find that the vast majority of people who skip using a moisturizer are those who have oily and/or acne-prone skin and they are literally terrified that using a moisturizer will exacerbate oil and breakouts. I can understand the fear, but not moisturizing the skin will actually do exactly what they are trying to run away from: the oil will become even oilier since the skin's oil glands will kick into overdrive and produce more oil to compensate for a lack of moisture. And when there is more oil, that's when breakouts occur. See my friends, oil and moisture are two entirely different things. Moisture is water and oil is oil. Our skin is like fish and it NEEDS moisture (water) for survival. If you have oily and/or acne-prone skin, choose an oil-free moisturizer. That way you're getting the proper hydration your skin needs without compromising anything.
If you follow these skin 'rules' you will avoid more skin issues than you think.