Everyone has problems with their skin at times. Whether you have super oily skin and struggle with acne or have the dryest skin on planet earth, skincare can be difficult. This post will talk about 5 skincare mistakes you might be making, and how you can fix them.
1. Over Exfoliating
With so many interesting new products on the market, it's often hard to resist trying them. That being said, it can be quite damaging to over-use products, especially exfoliants.
“You’re actually removing the protective barrier that your skin has,” says Dr. Ben Johnson, founder of Osmosis Pur Medical Skincare. “Once removed, your skin is exposed to environmental toxins and sun damage, causing aging.” According to different sources, you should only exfoliate 1-2 times per week.
Hyram, a skincare Youtuber that I really like, talks a lot about how chemical exfoliants are much safer for your skin than physical exfoliants. According to him, physical exfoliants have a greater potential to be damaging because the pieces are not all the same size. Because of this, there is a risk that you could create small injuries in your face.
Moisturizing is important for all skin types, but especially for oily skin (I know it sounds weird). A lot of people assume that you shouldn't moisturize oily skin because it clogs pores. In reality, though, the skin has to over-compensate for loss of hydration, when you don't moisturize, which will make your skin more oily in the future.
For dry skin, the CeraVe Moisturizing Cream is great because it "contains ceramides that help skin retain moisture and protect itself from environmental influences. It’s often recommended for people who have psoriasis and eczema" (healthline.com)
Check out this website for recommendations on how to find the right moisturizer, or click here to see recommendations!
3. Not Using the Right Amount of Product
According to Vivian Shi, MD, a dermatologist and an assistant professor at the University of Arizona, these are the amounts of products you should be using:
- Pea-sized: Face lotions, face creams, and hand and foot creams
- Grape-sized: Cleansers, toners/waters, masks, and body moisturizers
- Rice-sized: Eye creams, serums, and treatments
You should also be applying the products in order from lightest to heaviest, so that the lightest products can do their job.
4. Not using a sunscreen every day
In order to protect your skin, it is essential that you use a sunscreen every day. According to Dr. Lindsey Zubritsky Pollock, MD, FAAD, you should "always, always, always remember to use a real sunscreen with at least an SPF of 30 prior to makeup. Look for chemical sunscreens with zinc oxide or titanium dioxide for the best and most effective sun protection."
It is important to wear sunscreen because it protects your skin from harmful radiation (UVA, UVB, UVC) which can burn your skin, and in extreme cases, cause skin cancer.