Skincare is such an interesting topic because there are so many types of products and systems out there. There are so many of us out there that are meticulous and follow a strict routine. Then there are others who’s routine is pretty much nonexistent. I would say I’m somewhere in between. Today I wanted to share my current evening skin care routine, plus share a few common mistakes that could be aging skin without you knowing it.
As a nurse injector and someone who works in a med spa, I’d say there are many things we can do to help your aging. From exfoliating treatments, to peels, lasers and injectables you can help maintain your skin. But, it all starts with basic skincare, it’s the foundation of preventing premature aging.
Here are a few things you may be doing at that is working against your skin. These are all things you can easily correcting by pulling back just a bit.
Common Skincare Mistakes
Using any soap that’s lying around
Some people may be thinking clean is clean, does it matter what I’m using to cleanse my face? A lot of soaps are not made to be used on the face. They are more harsh, dehydrating and those that have fragrances in can be irritating. The key is finding something, I love this cleanser, that is not only made for the face, but works to optimize your skins complexion, pH balance and hydration needs.
Using too much toner
Using a toner is essential in any skincare routine. Washing your face can often strip it and change the pH, toner’s job is to bring it back to balance. However, using to much can cause your skin to be dry and cause it to produce more oil in an attempt to replenish that moisture.
One thing to look for is an alcohol free toner. Alcohol is very drying and can cause irritation to those with sensitive skin. Another tip is to try using a toner in a spray bottle. This allows it to go on in a thin layer and help prevent using too much. If you’re not a fan of spritzing it on your face, then use a few drops on a cotton pad and gently apply it to your face.
Products that are too harsh
With social media being a top platform to discuss skincare products people are learning more about ingrediants, gaining more knowledge that use to only be talked about in the dermatology office. Things like retinol, vitamin c and other ingredients use to brighten and even skin tones. It’s important to know what’s right for your skin, so be sure to be knowledge about these. Go with the recommendation of your skincare specialist, whether that’s your dermatologist or esthetician.
Did you know there was such a thing?! Many people believe exfoliating everyday is necessary to remove daily dirt. However exfoliating too much or often can actually be drying out your skin and causing it to be dehydrated. And, in turn you’re skin will produce more oil to makeup for the lost hydration.
Another thing, is that many people don’t see using their washcloth or loofah as an exfoliating tool. However these can be harsh on the skin and exfoliating more than you intended and can cause dryness, red patches, dehydration and hyperpigmentation as well.
While gently exfoliating a few nights a week can do wonders for the skin, it’s easy to go overboard. What keeps your skin looking fresh, young, and hydrated is preserving the outer layers glow by lightly helping it shed old skin cells and moisturizing to help cell turnover.
Washing with hot water
The feeling of hot water on your face may feel good, but it is another way you may be dehydrating your face. Hot water can be abrasive, strip natural oils and can leave it dry and flaky. This can flare up acne breakouts and cause skin irritation. You may also find that using hot water enlarges your pores, which can affect the oil production and texture as well. It is best to use lukewarm, room temperature water for best results.
Washing more than twice a day
Just like over exfoliating can strip and dry your skin out, so can washing it too often. Over-washing your face can damage your skins protective layer allowing the environment to irritate your skin. As well as how well your skin retains moisture, causing you to show early signs of aging such as fine lines.
If you workout in the middle of the day, try using something like gentle to wash away dirt and sweat so you aren’t irritating skin further.
Forgetting to follow up with a moisturizer
Moisturizer is best to apply after toner, or even right after a shower. You’ll print excessive dryness and it helps your skin retain the moisture. Finding a good moisturizer with a blend of vitamins and lipids is great to help the skin heal irritations, strengthen its protective functions and look smoother and healthier.
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