10 Skincare Mistakes You Might Be Making and How to Fix Them

Nneji Akunne

Posted on October 19 2018

10 Skincare Mistakes You Might Be Making and How to Fix Them

 

Skincare routines can get a little confusing with the vast amount of information on the internet. There’s so much advice for the taking! Below, I’ve listed the top 10 common mistakes people make when it comes to their skin. I was once a culprit of all of these mistakes, which is why I’m able to candidly explain what they are and why they can be harmful.

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1. You’re Touching Your Face With Dirty Hands

Have you ever been around a newborn baby? When the child is born, their parents warn you to wash your hands. Newborns have not developed a strong enough immune system to fight the germs you may be carrying on your hands and with that, make them susceptible to illnesses. Treat your face as a baby and wash your hands before touching to eliminate the amount of dirt you’re applying to your face.

 

2. Your Water is Way Too Hot

I always thought that water hot killed germs and with that, everything from my bath water to the water I used to wash my face felt like it was 5000°F. In reality, hot water is a major culprit in dehydrating our skin. The natural oil that our skin contains has special proteins and fats that serve as a protective  barrier and locks in moisture. If your water is too hot, you lose oils, leaving your skin feeling tight and may eventually lead to rashes. Instead of boiling hot temperatures, use lukewarm or cool water to maintain soft and youthful skin.

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3. Your Pillowcases Are Dirty

My bed is my sanctuary and the place I look forward to at the end of the day. When we sleep, our sheets and pillowcases become our best friends and with that, provides an opportunity for them to accumulate bacteria. No matter how cool you make your bedroom, you may still experience night sweats, which become trapped in your fabric and cause acne breakouts.  Washing your sheets every week and switching out your pillows every few days can make a huge difference in the amount of bacteria your face comes in contact with at night.

4. Your Diet is Not Matching Your Skin Goals

The saying “you are what you eat” never rang more true to me than when I experienced a major breakout a few years ago. After switching out my bedsheets and changing the skincare products I used, the final remedy that I found to work was cutting all sugars from my diet for 3 weeks. As a result, I experienced my biggest skin breakthrough. If you notice your skin is continuously breaking out, try monitoring your diet and remove things you feel could be an issue for you. Everyone reacts to things differently, because of individual hormone balances so, sugar may not be a culprit for you but, keeping a close eye on your skin and how it reacts to different foods can help in your efforts to reaching your skin goals.

5. Your Wash Time is Limited

Some times I find myself rushing in the mornings in order to get to my destination in time. One action that I do not skimp on is massaging my face for at least 60 seconds. Good things take time and your skin care routine should be monitored closely. Instead of a quick 20-second or less vigorous scrub, I spend a full minute gently massaging my face with cleanser in circular motions. By doing this, it stimulates your lymphatic system, which encourages oxygen and blood circulation. When I learned this, I noticed a change in the texture of my skin within a matter of three days. Take it from me, slow down to cleanse.

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6. You’re Going to Bed With Makeup On

In undergrad, I would get home from a night out and immediately retreat to my bed without a care in the world what makeup I applied prior to going out. That was until one morning I woke up with an alarming amount of pimples on my face.

7. You’re Not Double Cleansing

Double cleansing is honestly a new method for me but, since applying it to my skincare routine, I wonder why it took me so long. Before using a cleaner, I use coconut oil to remove all the grime that gets built up on my skin throughout the day. Double cleansing has left my skin feeling really soft and moisturized and served as an excellent makeup remover. Coconut oil may not do the trick for everyone, as we all have different hormones and if that's the case for you, I recommend giving other oils a try.

8. You’re Doing Too Much

Skincare routines excite me and I try to stay up to date on the latest products to measure effectiveness. When I try out a new product, I always make sure to remove one I’m already using out of my routine. By rotating my treatments, I am able to not only measure how well the new products work for me, but also get the most out of all that I own.

9. You’re Not Moisturizing Your Oily Skin

My friends used to make fun of me because I was always so oily. From my body to my face, I’d pile on the oils and moisturizers, not necessarily understanding the benefits of any of them. A common misconception that people with oily skin have is that they should avoid facial oils and moisturizers. Even if your skin produces an excess amount of moisture, it's vital to moisturize because it adds water to the skin, which in turn overcompensates for any loss of hydration.

10. You’re Not Doing Your Research

There are tons of DIY’s and lists available, including this one, that give advice on how to take care of your skin but, one thing you have to understand is that my skincare routine will not mirror the next persons because we’re all different. Educate yourself on the ingredients in products before purchasing to learn about what you’re applying.





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