We could go on and on about the importance of good skincare but simply put – when you look good, you feel good. The earlier you begin a good skincare routine, the less money you’ll have to spend on makeup and costly anti-aging procedures in the future.
We’ve compiled some of the biggest and most common skincare mistakes we see when treating clients here at Megha MedSpa and Laser Center.
Not having a skincare regime
Under this first mistake, we’ll also include using the wrong products for your skin and using them in the wrong order. All three can be costly mistakes.
Between the explosion of the beauty industry, their powerful marketing messages and all the skin care lines on the market, it can be virtually impossible to choose the correct products for your skin without some guidance from a skincare expert.
There are good, quality skin care products at all price points so don’t think you have to spend hundreds of dollars. Invest in products that multi-task so you can keep your routine as simple as possible.
Ignoring your neck
The skin on your neck is a lot thinner than the skin on your face and doesn't have as many sebaceous glands, making it prone to dryness. Forgetting our neck often results in a 20-year-old looking face with a 40-year-old looking neck. Whether you use targeted neck creams or the same serums and moisturizers you’re using on your face, you should include your neck in your skincare regime.
Falling asleep with makeup on
Nighttime is an essential part of your skin’s restorative process. This is when skin has time to repair demaged cells and replenish moisture. One way in which the skin does this is by producing more of its own natural sebum. This oily secretion is full of nutrients and fatty acids to help the skin heal itself. Although this oil is good for the skin, when it's mixed with makeup, grime and dirt, it can clog pores and cause major break-outs.
Under or over exfoliating your skin
Most experts advise that you exfoliate two to three times per week for normal and combination skin, and once a week for sensitive skin. Over-exfoliating can cause chronic skin irritation and inflammation, which can lead to accelerated aging. Under-exfoliating causes dead skin cells to build up and become clogged with dirt, excess oil and dead skin cells.
Thinking sunscreen is only for the summertime
Contrary to popular belief, you should apply sunscreen year-round. Your skin is exposed to the most harmful rays when you’re driving in the car, sitting in your home or office near windows, or walking outside on a cloudy winter day. It's the best protection from skin cancer, and one of the easiest and most effective anti-aging products to use.
No matter what your skin type is, everyone needs moisturizer, even people with oily skin. In fact, skipping the moisturizing step can dehydrate your skin, causing it to produce even more oil. Using the right moisturizer can help your skin regulate its own natural oil production.
Picking at your face Thanks to Dr. Pimple Popper, we all think we’re experts at popping pimples. But a lot more goes into those videos than what you see. First of all, not all pimples are ready to be popped and even if they are, that should be left to the professionals, so nothing gets infected. Even more so, what looks like a pimple, may be something else instead.
Pick your face too much and you’ll end up with scarring all over your face which ends up being much more expensive than acne to fix.
The bottom line on skincare mistakes
Sometimes we make mistakes without even realizing it. You’re likely trying to learn how to improve skin with a proper skincare routine. With all the advice that’s out there, it’s easy to overwhelm yourself and your skin by doing too much or too little.
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