Achieving and maintaining healthy skin doesn’t have to be hard. You just have to learn to avoid some scary skincare mistakes that can be harmful to your skin, cause breakouts, and premature aging. We’ve put together a list of 6 really scary skincare mistakes, along with tips on how to avoid them. Keep reading to learn how to take better care of your skin.
Skincare Mistake #1: Not Washing Off Makeup
We’ve all been there. You come back home or get to your hotel room after a brutally long day, or late-night party, and you’re exhausted. You just want to put on your jammies and fall into bed. Wait. Don’t do it. NEVER, and we mean never, go to bed without washing off your makeup. This is especially true if you have heavier makeup on as part of a Halloween costume or display of team spirit.
You should have a nightly skincare routine where you remove your makeup, cleanse, and moisturize before going to bed. Use makeup wipes sparingly, as they can be harsh on your skin. And if you don’t have any of your nighttime skincare routine products with you, at the very least, use a damp washcloth to gently remove makeup.
Why is removing makeup before bed so important? Because it can clog your pores, cause pimples, and speeds up the aging process. Now that’s scary.
Skincare Mistake #2: Excessive Sun
OK, we get it. Living in Palm Beach Gardens, it’s sunny year-round, save for the occasional storm. And even on cloudy days, some of the sun’s UV rays are getting through the cloud cover. If you want to protect your skin and your children’s skin from the sun’s harmful rays, you have to wear sunscreen every day – especially on your face.
There are many skincare products with sunscreen as a component. There are also special sunscreens for facial use that are non-comedogenic, or non-pore clogging. We suggest using mineral sunscreens or sunscreens containing zinc oxide or titanium oxide.
Why is wearing sunscreen every day important? Because without a high SPF sunscreen to protect your skin, you are vulnerable to developing skin cancer, sun damage, and premature aging. That’s a scary thought.
Skincare Mistake #3: Picking at Your Face
Picking at your face is a mistake. Tempting as it may be to pop a pimple or pick at a rough patch of skin – don’t do it. And discourage your children or teens from picking as well.
Why is this important? Because your hands and fingers carry bacteria, and you can spread the bacteria to your face by picking at it. This can cause inflammation, exacerbation of acne, and scarring. Is that scary enough for you to stop?
Skincare Mistake #4: Excessive Sugar Intake
Halloween candy is everywhere. And October traditionally starts the months-long decline into sugary treats being everywhere – at the office, at home, at holiday gatherings – you name it. Between Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Years, and Valentine’s Day, it’s easy for even the most health-conscious to overdo it on the sweets.
Why is this important? Not only can too much sugar can wreak havoc with your blood sugar levels and cause an increase in weight, but it can cause a host of skin problems, including:
We’re not saying you have to cut out the Halloween candy and holiday treats. Just enjoy them in moderation, and your skin will thank you.
Skincare Mistake #5: Skipping Moisturizer
Forgetting to moisturize or not moisturizing at all is a big skincare mistake. Your skin dries out every time you take a shower or wash your face. Acne products and harsh chemicals can also dry the skin. Dry skin can look red and flaky, or feel itchy. Yikes!
Replenishing with a moisturizer prevents protects your skin from the elements and drying products. Moisturized skin also looks younger, by reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
Skincare Mistake #6: Using The Wrong Skincare Products
Using pore-clogging skincare products or the wrong products for your skin type is a common mistake. If you’ve never had a skin consultation, you may not realize that you don’t have dry skin – it’s the products you’re using that are unnecessarily stripping your skin of moisture! That’s just one example. Another is people who go through life thinking they have oily skin when it’s actually dehydrated skin.
Skincare professionals can evaluate your skin and make recommendations for safe and effective products to use that will rejuvenate your skin and help you maintain that healthy glow.
The Bottom Line
The bottom line is you can avoid these common mistakes by developing a reliable skincare routine, making some lifestyle changes, and using the right products for your skin. It helps to have trained professionals who can help guide you and find treatments that can minimize the effects of mistakes you may have already made.
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If you’re looking for luminous, brighter, younger-looking, healthier skin, we understand. Schedule a skincare consultation today to get a personalized skincare plan that will help you see real results. And you’re in experienced hands when you visit Aesthetics at Cima Health.
From the initial consultation to the treatment room, we offer the highest quality skincare and laser services, individualized to your needs. We are more than clinicians; we understand how hard it can be to carve out time for yourself to look and feel your best. We help you make the most of your time by offering the best range of treatments.
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