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:
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.
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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