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Some people spend hours on their skincare regimens, others just enough time to splash their faces with water and head out the door. Most of us would fall somewhere in between on that spectrum. No matter where you are with your skincare routine, make sure you’re avoiding these skincare pitfalls.
1. Not using sunblock.
Everyone should use sunscreen, not just people who have fair skin! Just because you’re not getting sunburned doesn’t mean that the sun’s UV rays aren’t damaging your skin. Using sunblock daily will help you avoid developing wrinkles, and lessens your chances of developing skin cancer. Don’t want to rub greasy sunscreen all over your face? Try choosing makeup with an SPF factor and kill two birds with one stone.
2. Not using moisturizer.
Most people know it’s a good idea to clean your skin, but did you know a moisturizer (especially for your face) is also a critical part of your skincare routine? Even for people who suffer from acne or oily skin, usually the problem is that drying cleansers are causing their skin to produce more oil than normal to compensate. Introduce a non-comedogenic (meaning it won’t clog your pores) moisturizer into your skincare routine and your skin will thank you!
3. Using DIY skincare without doing the research.
You can’t believe everything you read on the internet. The truth about some DIY skin care tips that you may see is that ingredients like baking soda and lemon juice really don’t belong on your skin at all. They are much too harsh (you can use baking soda to clean out your toilet!) and can end up damaging your skin’s natural barrier against bacteria. If you like DIY skin care, try using gentler oils or make sure you dilute any acidic or harsh ingredients so that you don’t end up with irritated skin.
4. Not testing products before using them.
So you just got your skincare order and you’re so excited to use all your new products…but wait! Make sure you test each one, one at a time, instead of suddenly using them all at once! Why? If you start using them all at once and then you end up having a reaction, how will you know which product caused the reaction? Instead, test each one out on a small area of your skin for a few days before committing to using it regularly. If you have no reaction, then go ahead and start using it and go on to try the next one.
5. Not eating well & taking vitamins.
Beautiful skin is created from the inside out. A healthy diet with lots of fruits and veggies will provide your body the vitamins it needs to work at its best – including keeping your skin looking its best. Of course, many of us are too busy to make sure our diet includes all the vitamins we need every day, so supplemental vitamins are a good option. You can find good supplements in most drugstores, but if you buy them online you can usually get better deals.
6. Not getting enough sleep.
There’s a reason they call it beauty rest! Not getting enough sleep can leave you with dark circles under your eyes and dull skin. But sleeping plenty each night is not only good for your skin, it’s good for your whole body and mind. Close that computer, turn off the TV, and go to bed.
7. Thinking good skincare is just for ladies.
Guys, you have skin too, right? Taking good care of it is not just for the ladies! Despite what many product manufacturers want to make us think, skincare products are not gendered, and what’s good for ladies’ skin is good for guys too. So dudes, pamper yourselves every once in a while.