The beauty world is obsessed with skin care, and that’s something we can’t complain about. After all, skin is the largest organ on your body, so it’s essential to put in extra effort to take care of it. And with the addition of face masks and brutal weather conditions, now more than ever is the time to pay attention to your skin’s needs. However, skin care is not a one size fits all type of thing, and you could be making mistakes without even realizing it. From using too much hot water to trying out too many products, there are numerous things we do daily that may not seem so harmful, but can be. So if you’re struggling to achieve flawless-looking skin, no matter what products you use, we can help. Ahead, check out the ten most common skin care mistakes you might be making—and what you should do instead.
Skin Care Mistake #1: Switching Products Too Often
Change can be a good thing sometimes, but when it comes to skin care it’s best to stick to a routine that includes the same products in rotation. All products will take time to change your skin’s biology, and you won’t see results if you’re not giving the products enough time to be effective. Find something you like? Make a resolution to stick with it for a few weeks before moving on to something new.
Skin Care Mistake #2: Showering In Hot Water
You may like taking long, steaming showers—let’s be real, who doesn’t? But if you knew the effect that hot water could have on your skin, we think you’d be inclined to turn the temperature down a notch. Hot water can strip your skin of its natural moisture, which can lead to dryness. Next time you hop in the shower, opt for lukewarm water or shorten the amount of time you spend standing under the water. Either way, afterward, you’ll want to apply moisturizer to damp skin to help lock in moisture.
Skin Care Mistake #3: Wearing Your Makeup To Bed
So, you’ve probably heard this a million times, but it’s worth us saying it again: Going to sleep with your makeup on is one of the worst things you can do for your skin. Dirt, oil and bacteria can build up overnight on your face leading to clogged pores and eventually breakouts. Stash a bottle of the L’Oréal Paris Micellar Cleansing Water Complete Cleanser Waterproof – All Skin Types, on your nightstand for easy access so you never have an excuse to close your eyes without removing your makeup. There’s no rinsing or harsh rubbing required! If you’re more of a face wipe kind of gal or guy, try the L’Oréal Paris Ideal Clean Makeup Removing Towelettes, All Skin Types. These alcohol-free, ultra-soft towelettes will gently remove all traces of makeup, mascara, and even long-wear formulas.
Skin Care Mistake #4: Over Exfoliating
While it’s important to exfoliate your skin and slough away dead skin cells and buildup, exfoliating too often can actually irritate your skin. Rather than exfoliating every day, limit this step in your skin care routine to up to three times a week. Take your pick from the face scrubs in the L’Oréal Paris Pure-Sugar line, which are formulated with three pure sugars (brown, blonde and white) to be truly kind to your skin.
Skin Care Mistake #5: Touching Your Face
With the number of objects you touch during the span of one day (cell phones are major germ culprits), the amount of dirt that’s transferred to your fingers really does add up. That’s why it’s important to avoid touching, rubbing, or resting your hands on your face when you can. You don’t want to transfer that dirt to your face since it can lead to breakouts and other skin care concerns. This is also an especially important thing to note while living through the COVID-19 pandemic. The virus can be spread by touching contaminated surfaces and then touching your face and mouth. So keeping your hands away from your face can help keep you safe and breakout free.
Skin Care Mistake #6: Skipping Sunscreen
You don’t have to wait until you’re sitting poolside on a bright sunny day to slather on the sunscreen. According to the Skin Cancer Foundation, you can get burned even on cloudy days, which means it’s also important to wear sunscreen all year-round. Make sure to use a broad-spectrum SPF of 30 or higher to protect against both UVA and UVB rays which can prematurely age and burn the skin. And remember to reapply every two hours if you’re going to be spending an extended period of time out in the sun.
To avoid sun damage and wrinkles, use a moisturizer with SPF, so you won’t have to apply two different products every day. Try using the L’Oréal Paris Revitalift Triple Power Day Lotion SPF 30, which will work to protect your face from those harmful sun rays that lead to early aging signs. You can also try the L’Oréal Paris RevitaLift Bright Reveal Brightening Daily Moisturizer SPF 30, formulated with glycolic acid and Pro-Retinol to help hydrate and brighten dull uneven skin.
Skin Care Mistake #7: Waiting to Use An Eye Cream
It’s time to hop on the eye cream bandwagon ASAP! Contrary to popular belief, it’s never too early to start using this skin care product. Since the skin around your eyes is thinner than the rest of your face, your eyes are usually the first place you’ll notice signs of aging. Try the L’Oréal Paris Eye Defense Cream. Its light, non-greasy gel-cream formula includes jojoba seed oil and caffeine to help defend against the signs of aging around the eyes, such as puffiness, fine lines, and wrinkles. We also love the new L’Oréal Paris True Match Eye Cream in a Concealer, which provides full coverage for dark circles and contains 0.5 percent hyaluronic acid to improve the look of the under-eye area over time.
Skin Care Mistake #8: Not Using Face Serum
Adding a facial serum into your skin care routine can make a major difference in the look of your complexion. Generally, facial serums have concentrated formulas that help target specific skin concerns such as wrinkles, dry skin, or dull skin. Use one after cleansing but before applying moisturizer. Try the L’Oréal Paris RevitaLift Derm Intensives 10% Pure Vitamin C Serum, which contains no water, so you get a high potency of vitamin C that will help to reduce wrinkles and leave you with brighter and healthy-looking skin. If your skin requires more hydration, try the L’Oréal Paris RevitaLift Derm Intensives 1.5% Pure Hyaluronic Acid Serum to help your skin lock in moisture and feel hydrated even in the coldest months.
Skin Care Mistake #9: Neglecting Your Neck
Chances are, you’ve probably been forgetting about applying your skin care products to your neck—and it’s time to show this body part some love! After all, even if you have the most diligent skin care routine, if it stops at your jawline, what’s the use if your neck is going to give away your age? Try the L’Oréal Paris Age Perfect Hydra Nutrition Manuka Honey Day Cream, which is formulated with manuka honey and nurturing oils to provide nourishing moisture to dehydrated, mature skin on your face, neck, and upper chest. Your skin will be left feeling firmer and more resilient.
Skin Care Mistake #10: Waiting too Long to Apply Moisturizer (or Not Using It At All)
After you wash your face or get out of the shower, do you towel off before you slather on moisturizer or body lotion? If you answered yes, it’s time to stop! You should actually apply face moisturizer and body lotion to damp skin to help lock in hydration right after. Try using the L’Oréal Paris Hydra Genius Daily Liquid Care moisturizer while your skin is wet so it can be nourished and hydrated. Its formula includes aloe water and hyaluronic acid, which will help leave your skin looking and feeling healthy.
We know this can all be a bit overwhelming but trust us–once you’ve found the right products that work for you and develop a daily regimen, your skin will thank you. By being aware of your skin’s needs now and sticking to a routine, you can help keep it in tip-top shape for years to come.
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