I love skincare. Those that know me are aware that I can invest money, time and effort into my skincare regime. It is something that I have always been interested in.  I have watched many videos, read articles and currently reading a book about skincare. I also worked as a Christmas temp at Lush Oxford Street in 2016, where I received some useful training about skincare.  

That said, I am not a dermatologist or skincare professional, but I have always tried my best to learn what is best for the skin from skincare professionals who can explain the science behind good skincare. All the mistakes I write about I have heard from several trusted sources. As always, I will try my best to link some of these sources for you to check out yourself.   

Please Consider…

Just because I love looking after my skin, that does not mean that my skin is perfect (far from it!). I have, and definitely still am, making skincare mistakes. If you are guilty of making these mistakes, you are not alone and it is not the end of the world! A lot of people- even famous beauty influencers and models- make these mistakes and still have amazing skin (good genes and diet also play an important role in good skin).  

It’s honestly up to you whether to adopt ideal skincare habits. Your current regime might be sufficient for you, and by all means, stick to it if you feel it works. But remember that just because your skin looks healthy and fine, that does not mean that it feels healthy and fine on the inside, or that it will stay that way.  

1. Using Makeup Wipes Often

A lot of people use makeup wipes as part of their daily skincare routine. It is one of the easiest, quickest, and seemingly effective ways to remove makeup. But it is also one of the most common skincare mistakes that do more damage than good.  

The first point is that makeup wipes might seem very effective at removing makeup, but actually suck at removing all the dirt from the day. And even if you do cleanse your face with a face cleanser after, there is still a more serious problem that brings me to the second point: the damaging ingredients in makeup wipes. 

A lot of makeup wipes contain alcohol- an ingredient that can be very drying to the skin. Furthermore, makeup wipes contain a lot of preservatives and harsh chemicals that may irritate the skin (read about the Kaia Naturals blog post for more detail on what these chemicals can do to your skin).  

Never compromise good ingredients for convenience! 

Suggested Solution
  • Try limiting the use of makeup wipes for emergencies only (after a night out, using a quick makeup wipe to remove makeup is still better than sleeping in makeup). 
  • Instead of using makeup wipes, try to use a cotton pad soaked in Micellar water. It is also quick and much cheaper! 
  • Better yet, try a good double cleanse routine using an oil-based cleanser to remove your makeup, followed by a low PH face cleanser.  
Other Interesting Sources
  • Quote from Dr Anjali Mahto: One of the five rules of cleansing

Face wipes are always a no-no unless you’re using them as a last resort at the gym or on the go. This is because they can cause skin irritation, and mainly just smear dirt, make-up and oils across the skin’s surface- you don’t end up with a thorough cleanse.

Mahto, The Skincare Bible, 28

2. Tugging at your skin

Sometimes it is not what you apply on your skin, but how you apply on your skin.  

I feel like this mistake is not one that many discuss, but it is so important to avoid. It is a mistake carried out frequently, yet it is also one of the easiest to avoid.  

Be gentle with your skin. This applies when you apply skincare and makeup products to your skin. Remember to never apply products aggressively. Never drag or tug at your skin. Not only is it too harsh for your skin, but it will make lines more visible in the future. We are encouraged to not brush our teeth with too much pressure; our skin is much thinner and more delicate.  

Suggested Solution
  • Only small, gentle, circular motions when you are washing your face. 
  • Try to gently massage products into the skin, or pat products onto your skin. 
  • Use your ring finger (most gentle finger) to gently apply eye cream/ concealer.  
Other Interesting Sources

3. Using dirty brushes, face towels and hands

When you think about this one, it makes perfect sense.  You probably don’t want to touch your face with all the germs and bacteria on your unclean hands; you probably don’t want to use brushes with old make-up and bacteria on your face; you probably don’t want to use a dirty towel/ flannel to dry your face after washing it just to apply more bacteria on your face. However, a lot of us are guilty of not using the most hygienic tools on our faces and this is one of the reasons we get breakouts. Make sure that the tools you use to apply skincare products and make-up on your skin are clean.

Suggested Solutions
  • Clean your makeup-brushes/ sponges as often as you can with the right cleaning products.  
  • Store your make-up tools in a clean area- try not to just dump them in your make-up bag with all your other make-up.  
  • If you don’t have much time, or quite lazy like me, try using your hands to apply your make-up. Wash them before-hand of course.  
  • Try to change your bed sheets and face towels- pillowcases especially- at least once a week!  
Other Interesting Sources


4. Not wearing Sunscreen

I remember reading an article about skincare tips from one of Kendall Jenner’s makeup artists. One thing I remember is a sentence that said that if you take away anything from this article, it is that primers are bad for your skin and that sunscreen is super important. It is not enough that your moisturiser, foundation, or tinted moisturiser have added SPF. You need to actually apply a sunscreen. 

Every person that has sufficient knowledge about good skincare, knows how important having SPF on your skin every day to protect it from radiation. Even on a cloudy day, or even when you spend your days inside, it is essential to be wearing sunscreen on your face. Most people are not aware of this. However, it is not surprising that a lot of people don’t adhere to this because as with a lot of common skincare mistakes, the mistake is not clearly visible.  

Wearing sunscreen does not make your skin look any clearer, and you might not see any benefits straight away, but this is a bad mindset to have that can seriously affect your health. One of the main benefits of sunscreen is that it prevents premature aging (helps prevent wrinkles, pigmentation, and fine lines). More importantly, sunscreen reduces your risk of skin cancer. (Mahto, The Skincare Bible, 42) 

Remember that just because your skin sometimes looks and feels happy, that does not mean that it isn’t suffering on the inside.  

Solution

Wear sunscreen everyday!

Other Interesting Sources

The facts could not be more clear… Dabbing a bit of sunscreen on your face each morning significantly lowers the odds of skin cancer. Yet, while everyone brushes their teeth, fewer than 10% of Americans apply sunscreen each day.

Charles Duhigg, Habits, 59

This is the one universal item that every dermatologist worth their salt will agree needs to be part of your daily skincare routine

Dr Anjali Mahto, The Skincare Bible, 41

It seems to me that there is a much larger focus on make-up and beauty- there are way more YouTube and Instagram influencers that talk about how to create beautiful looks using make-up. And I love make-up. But it is extremely important to remember that a good skincare regime is just as- if not more- important. You can have the nicest, most expensive make-up, but what good is that when your skin underneath is unhealthy?  

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