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Do you make skin care mistakes in your daily routine? No one is perfect – even your esthetician has made mistakes on her own skin at some point in time. Unfortunately, common skin care mistakes can actually age you, and even lead to more skin issues. Read on to learn the most common skin care mistakes, and how to avoid them.

You only use SPF in the summer

While sunscreen is the most important part of your summer vacations, most of your sun exposure actually comes from everyday activities. Driving to work, sitting by a window with sunlight streaming in, and even shoveling your driveway in the winter accrue more skin damaging sun exposure than you would think! In fact, 80% of your wrinkles, lines, and skin sagging comes from day-in, day-out sun exposure. Even if you don’t care about your complexion, 1 out of every 5 Americans will be diagnosed with skin cancer in their lifetime. So, wear a broad spectrum sunscreen every day, even in the winter, to protect yourself.

You apply products in an incorrect order 

Yes, it does matter what order you apply your skin care products. The right application order maximizes product absorption, and boosts the benefits and results. This is the correct order:

AM

  1. Cleanse: cleanse your face every morning to remove dirt, oil, and dead skin cells that accumulate overnight.
  2. Tone: apply toner after you cleanse to rebalance and replenish your skin
  3. Skin Serums & Treatment Cremes: apply targeted skin serums or treatments to target specific skin concerns
  4. Moisturize/Broad Spectrum Sunscreen: moisturize your skin and apply a broad spectrum sunscreen every morning, no matter what.

PM

  1. Cleanse: cleanse your skin at night to wash away pore clogging impurities
  2. Tone: tone at night to rebalance your skin before you exfoliate
  3. Exfoliate: exfoliate 1-3 times per week to remove dead skin cells
  4. Mask: use a targeted facial mask as needed
  5. Moisturize: moisturize so skin stays hydrated overnight
  6. Nighttime anti-aging, smoothing, and brightening: at night, swap your SPF for nighttime anti-aging products, AHA exfoliants (like Quick Refiner and Quick Refiner for Eyes), or brightening products (like LightPlex GigaWatt Dark Spot Corrector or LightPlex MegaWatt Skin Brightener)

You skip toner

Can you skip toner? No! A misconception about toners (most people think of old, drying formulas) has led many people to skip toner in their daily routines. Toner is a crucial step in your routine, so do not skip it.

The purpose of toner is to rebalance your pH levels, re-stabilize, and replenish your skin.  When you skip it, your skin becomes more vulnerable to the elements and more resistant to the next product you apply. Make sure to use a professional formula, like Bioelements Equalizer or Power Peptide, to achieve maximum benefits.

You don’t hydrate enough

While most people know the importance of drinking enough water, it’s also important to hydrate your skin from the outside too. Even if you drink as much water as you can, the skin is the largest organ on the body and is constantly exposed to the elements.

Moisturize your face, your body, and use water-binding serums like Moisture x 10 to ensure your skin is hydrated inside and out.

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You scrub too hard

Exfoliation is a necessary step in any great skin care regime (even for sensitive skin), but less is more when it comes to pressure. When you scrub your exfoliator too hard you can injure the skin, spread bacteria and cause PIH (post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation), breakouts, and excess oil production. To prevent injury, use light pressure. To read more about over-exfoliation, click here.

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* Source: American Academy of Dermatology

 

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Comments (2)

Aicha says:
Dec 30, 2015

I have a question I want to know what I can use for my daughters they both have acne not too bad especially scars now I am thinking to use chemical peels so what what can I use and is it ok to use because they are both using trenoin for acne.
Thanks

Teresa
Teresa says:
Jan 13, 2016

Hi Aicha, It really depends on the kind of acne that they have, and their age. If they are under 12 years old, it’s best to check with their pediatrician before applying any chemical peels to their skin. If they are older, then it’s important to teach them not to pick at their skin, and gently cleanse, tone, moisturize and exfoliate their skin regularly. I would recommend since they are using Tretinoin, (which I assume means they are under a doctor’s care), then check with the doctor. I personally would recommend our Bioelements Acne Clearing System to start. If you would like to chat with me further, please email me your contact information: Teresa@bioelements.com. Thanks and best wishes for your daughter’s skin.

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