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Anyone with a skin care routine knows that there’s not one product that does it all—which means taking care of your skin might not be as easy as you’d hope. Between cleansing, toning, hydrating, anti-aging, and sun-protecting, there’s a lot to it. If you aren’t seeing results from your current routine, and your skin care concerns are persisting, there’s a chance you’re making certain skin care mistakes. Don’t feel bad—almost every skin care beginner falls victim to at least one mistake on this least. Thankfully, you can easily correct your beginner beauty blunders once you realize that you’re making them in the first place. Read on to find out what you might be doing incorrectly in terms of skin care.
We’ve all come home with a bag full of new skin care products that we think are going to change our skin forever. But when you switch everything out for something new, it’s hard to pinpoint what’s working or, more importantly, what’s not.
That’s not to stop you from doing a complete overhaul on your routine. In fact, you should switch up your products as your skin changes. But in this case, slow and steady definitely wins the race. Try introducing one new product at a time for a period of at least a week. That gives you the opportunity to see how your skin reacts to a new product and how that new product works with the rest of your typical routine.
The soft feel of freshly exfoliated skin is addicting, but using too many exfoliators can negatively impact your natural moisture barrier, leading to irritation and skin redness. Remember that there are two kinds of exfoliants: chemical and physical. Chemical exfoliators can use alpha hydroxyl acids, like glycolic or salicylic acid, to slough away dead skin cells, while physical exfoliators, like L’Oréal Pure-Sugar Smooth & Glow Face Scrub, use small beads or particles to do the same. Generally, it’s best to pick one face scrub or chemical exfoliator to be part of your routine. It may be tempting to try them all, but that’s when irritation tends to happen.
Even after picking a single exfoliator to use, don’t give yourself free reign to exfoliate as often as you want. Exfoliation has its benefits but too much of it on a daily basis can have major side effects. If your skin is shiny when it’s not oily or has become sensitive or reddened, you’re probably overdoing it. Start with exfoliating just once a week and increase the frequency over time if your skin can handle more.
Products containing vitamin C, like the L’Oréal Paris RevitaLift Triple Power™ Intensive Skin Revitalizer Serum + Moisturizer, are all the rage these days. But if you have strong acne-targeting products in your arsenal, you may need to rethink how you apply it. Vitamin C is highly acidic, so pairing it with other acids—lactic, glycolic, salicylic, malic, or tartaric—can result in redness and peeling. The fix? Use your vitamin C serum in the morning and any facial acids at night.;
Retinol is one of the most tried and true acne treatment and anti-aging ingredients, but it’s powerful and causes your skin to become extra sensitive. Mixing it with benzoyl peroxide, can cause redness, discoloration, or a burning sensation. Choose one or the other to incorporate into your skin care routine, or try alternating the days on which you use them.
Just because your best friend or favorite blogger raves about a certain product doesn’t mean it’s right for you. Personal recommendations are a great way to try new products but be cautious and make sure you know what active ingredients you’re putting on your skin. Even if you think you share the same skin type as your BFF or an influencer, there’s no guarantee your skin will have the same reaction as someone else’s.
Up next, How to Add New Skin Care Products to Your Skin Care Routine.