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10 Skin Care Mistakes You Could Be Making — And What To Do Instead

Kick the bad habits to the curb.
May 16, 2022

Nailing down a solid skin care routine is an amazing feat for newbies and skin care enthusiasts alike — but even the most experienced skin care users make mistakes here and there. Finding the right products and catering to your skin’s concerns and needs can be tricky. However, there are some very common skin care mistakes to avoid no matter your skin type or concerns. 

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 with your skin, we’re sharing skin care mistakes that could be contributing to your skin woes. Ahead, check out the ten most common skin care mistakes you might be making — and what you should do instead. 


1. Switching Products Too Often

Change can be a good thing, 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 and you won’t see results if you’re not giving the products enough time to be effective. Keep using your products for at least six weeks at a time before making a swap or adding something new into the rotation.


2. Using Hot Water On Your Skin 

You may like taking long, steaming showers — let’s be real, they feel great. But understanding the effect that hot water could have on your skin might make you 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 or wash your face, 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.


3. Sleeping In Your Makeup 

So, you’ve probably heard this a million times, but it’s worth 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. 

If you can’t make it to a shower or sink to wash your face, 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. 


4. You’re Over Exfoliating 

While it’s important to exfoliate your skin and remove 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, or switch to a gentle option, like the L’Oréal Paris Revitalift Derm Intensives 5% Glycolic Acid Peeling Toner. It’s a mild peeling toner that helps to refine skin texture and reveal a glowing complexion.

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