We all want soft, smooth and glowing skin, and in the process to get rid of acne, dryness, uneven skin and blemishes, we sometimes make mistakes that are detrimental to achieving our goal. There’s so much skincare information out there, with lots of people talking about products, and sharing tips and tricks, that it’s possible to pick the wrong information for your skin type. Other times we are the ones who make decisions we think are best for our skin based on our experience; however, these choices of ours won’t help us achieve our #skingoals in the long run.
Aesthetician and healthy skin advocate Jenny Cole in a series of posts on her social media, shared skincare mistakes often made and alternatives to try, and we decided that this information was worth sharing with our TM Family. For those who are unclear about who an Aesthetician is, Aestheticians are those who specialize in skincare and skin disorders. This is a clinical field that intersects with the field of luxury self-care. Aestheticians operate in a variety of settings, treating complex skin disorders and providing a variety of skin care services.
Here are 10 common skincare mistakes made:
- Not moisturising your skin: This is common with people who have oily skin and are trying their possible best to reduce the oil production, and those who don’t like their skin feeling greasy after moisturizing.
Solution – Choose a lightweight moisturiser; for those who have oily skin, probably one that contains an ingredient to balance oil production. Remember your skin needs the goodness of the hydrating and moisturising products to stay healthy; and function properly, so never skip this step.
- Using multiple products that strip your skin: This is usually the case with acne-prone individuals who feel the need to use all acne-fighting ingredients like Benzoyl Peroxide and Salicylic in almost every step of their routine in a bid to keep the breakouts at bay.
Solution – Introduce hydrating products into your “acne-fighting” routine. The goal is to control the oil production if that’s the root cause of your acne, not strip the skin of all its natural oils.
- Over exfoliating: Some people are doing the most these days with the AHAs and BHAs; AHA stands for alpha hydroxy acid and BHA stands for beta hydroxy acid. AHAs are water-soluble acids made from sugary fruits. They help peel away the surface of your skin so that new, more evenly pigmented skin cells may generate and take their place. After use, you’ll likely notice that your skin is smoother to the touch. On the other hand, BHAs are oil-soluble. Unlike AHAs, BHAs can get deeper into the pores to remove dead skin cells and excess sebum.
Solution – Exfoliate your skin once or twice weekly, depending on the formulation of the product. To avoid irritating or sensitizing your skin.
- Not using sunscreen: Sunscreen is an essential part of any daytime skincare routine and refusal to use it is a skincare sin.
Solution – Always wear sunscreen during the day to keep you protected from UV rays, the possibility of premature ageing, hyperpigmentation and most importantly the risk of getting skin cancer.
- Using Toothpaste to Spot Treat Inflammed acne: Using toothpaste on the skin because it has some anti-bacterial ingredients will not fight acne-causing bacteria on the skin but potentially irritate and dry it out.
Solution – Use actual products formulated for fighting acne, which contain salicylic acid, benzoyl peroxide, and topical retinoids. For lovers of home remedies, you can use tea tree oil, as many studies have found that using tea tree oil on mild or moderate acne can be highly effective.
- Using nothing on your skin to let it breathe: Doing this will not achieve whatever results you’re expecting because the skin doesn’t have lungs and trachea to enable breathing; it needs the right products to stay healthy. Without water, your skin cells become dehydrated, and the health of your skin is severely compromised.
Solution – It’s all about finding the right products for your skin. Using a lightweight hydrating moisturizer is the best way to avoid occlusion.
- Performing Extraction At Home By Yourself: Performing professional treatments at home could go really wrong, as there’s the risk of bruising, irritation, scarring and even infection depending on what procedure you’re trying to perform.
Solution – Seek out a professional to do the job.
- Exfoliating Inflammeded and Irritated Skin With Honey and Sugar DIY Scrubs: Exfoliating irritated, inflamed skin with abrasive materials (sugar, apricot, walnut) will only lead to more irritation and take you many steps backwards in your skin health journey.
Solution – Apply a soothing moisturizer containing ceramides or the antioxidants feverfew or liquorice extract. Then smooth a pea-size drop of 1 per cent hydrocortisone cream over irritated areas twice a day for up to two weeks. If there is no improvement, see a professional.
- Neglecting Your Chest and Neck: A lot of people only focus on their faces. And neglect other parts like the neck and chest.
Solution – Your neck also needs sunscreen and hydration. Start loving on your neck and chest too.
- Using hot water on your skin: Using hot water on your skin will only dry it out.
Solution – For those worried about feeling cold or catching a cold, using warm water is best.