7 Skincare Mistakes You’re Making (And How to Fix Them)

With advanced skincare regimens and 10-step Korean skincare routines
taking the beauty world by storm, achieving #flawless skin is no doubt
the end goal for all beauty lovers. But, as much of a skincare pro you
are, you could still be making one of these oh-so-common skincare
mistakes. Keep reading to find out the 7 skincare mistakes you’re making
and how to fix them so that you can get that glowing skin, like now.



Skincare Mistakes You Have to Avoid 
 
1. Neglecting a good skincare diet

One
of the less obvious skincare mistakes: you are what you eat. Ever
notice a blemish come through after a weekend of binge eating pizza,
candy, and ice cream?

Try this instead: Avoid a high-sugar and
heavily greasy diet (aka cut down on the Mickey D’s). Incorporate more
whole foods to nourish your skin from the inside out, which includes
getting your daily dose of vitamins through fruit and veggies. Most
importantly, keep your skin hydrated. Drinking plentiful amounts of
water is a key factor for keeping skin hydrated, young, and healthy.
 
2. Leaving your makeup on overnight

Worst. Skincare. Mistake. Ever.

Clogged pores, oily skin, (and not to mention ruined pillow cases) prove that all signs point to no-makeup slumbers. In 2013, the Daily Mail conducted an experiment
where one woman volunteered to not wash her makeup off for an ENTIRE
MONTH, and continued to reapply on top of it every morning. The result:
Her skin aged by 10 years.

That’s right. 10 YEARS.

Dirt and makeup trapped in your skin can cause acne, premature aging, complexion issues, and so much more.

We’re so passionate about this one, we did an entire feature on why sleeping with your makeup on overnight is the worst.

Try
this instead: Take off ALL of your makeup every single night before you
go to bed with a makeup remover (cleanser, oil, or wipe) and be sure to
thoroughly cleanse your skin until there’s not residue of makeup left.
It might be hard to get into the habit of removing your makeup if it’s
not something you’re used to, but trust us – it’s one of the biggest
faux pas skincare mistakes you can make.

3. Overdoing it with the skincare routine

It’s
so important to have a good skincare routine that incorporates
cleansing, exfoliating, and moisturizing your skin. But just like
everything else in this world, you can’t overdo it.

If you’re
using your Clarisonic on full force every morning and night, in addition
to harshly exfoliating your skin on the daily, your skin won’t be
happy. You’ll start to break down your skin’s protective barrier,
causing dry skin, as well as potential breakouts due to the exposure.

Try
this instead: Cleanse your skin, but don’t overdo it with the
exfoliation. Exfoliate 2-3 times a week at most. If your skin is feeling
dry and super sensitive, try moisturizing with a light layer of coconut
oil (one of the many things coconut oil is amazing for). Or, treat your
skin to a moisturizing / hydrating mask.

4. Touching your face

One
of the easiest and most common ways to get a breakout: constantly
touching your skin. Your hands naturally carry oils on them, which can
easy transfer to the skin of your face when you’re touching it. Between
touching your computer keyboard, turning door knobs, and shaking other
people’s hands, your hands are also prone to carrying dirt and bacteria –
a big no-no for your skin.

Try this instead: Don’t touch your
face. And we mean, don’t. If you notice a habit of resting your face on
your palm, or dabbing your fingers on your face – be conscious of it and
seriously try to avoid it. Be sure to wash your hands on the regular to
keep the dirt transfer to a minimum.
 
5. Not cleaning your cellphone

Before we go into one of the most common skincare mistakes, let’s take a moment to reflect.

Think
about all the places your phone has been: kitchen counters, gym floors,
restaurant tables and more. Public places, every inch of your home;
probably your kitchen, maybe your bathroom? Well, did you know your cell phone is 10 times dirtier than a toilet seat?

Gross.

We’ve
become so immune to bringing our phones with us everywhere, that we
forget just how many surfaces it’s touched before placing it upon our
beautiful skin…only to experience a breakout shortly after.

Try
this instead: Get in the habit of wiping down your phone with a
microfiber cloth, or a baby wipe. Just be careful not to damage your
phone in the process. Another way to avoid those filthy cellphone germs
on your face is to use your headphones to take calls.
 
6. Avoiding SPF

One of the biggest contributors to aging skin is caused by sun exposure.
But even worse, too much unprotected sun exposure can lead to different
types of skin cancer, which is why it’s extra important to wear
sunscreen before going out into the sun.

Try this instead: Find a
moisturizer that has SPF in it that you can apply before wearing your
makeup. Or, if you’re spending the day in the sun, find a foundation
that has SPF in it, so that you can be sure to keep re-applying. SPF wears off in 2 hours or less, depending on the SPF number, so be sure to re-apply on the regular.

7. Never cleaning your makeup brushes & sponges

When’s
the last time you did a serious deep clean of your makeup brushes and
sponges? And, when was the last time you did it before that?

If
you answered more than a week to either of those questions, then you’ve
got to start cleaning those brushes, pronto! Tons of oil, grease, and
bacteria build up on your makeup brushes on the daily, so cleaning them
on the regular is so key.

Try this instead: Makeup brushes and sponges should be cleaned on a weekly basis.
If you’re guilty of skipping out on a weekly cleanse, you’re putting
your skin at serious risk of a breakout. One-time sponges are another
great alternative (not the most environmentally friendly,
unfortunately), but can be great for when you’re in a rush and simply
don’t have enough time to clean your sponge.

Are you guilty of making any of these skincare mistakes? Let us know in the comments below! #nojudgmentzone

(P.S.
Since we’re on the topic of beauty, if you’ve been on the fence about
giving yourself a quarantine haircut, then check out our DIY haircut
tutorial video on YouTube (I cut 10 inches off MYSELF at home, and went
from super long hair to a-line bob!) Check out the vid below!)

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