Taking care of your skin is a multi-step process and it can be challenging to keep up with all the new research. Everyone wants to slow the aging process at ALL costs…but you might not know the secret culprits behind those pesky wrinkles. While skincare products are helpful, it’s essential to check in with your daily routines. How you treat your skin is just as important as what you put on it!
In this article, we will break down the top 10 skincare mistakes that are aging your skin and our expert tips for perfecting your skincare routine.
1. Forgetting to Wash Off Your Makeup
You have no control over what get on your skin during the day, so NEVER forget to take your makeup off. Many people focus on the fact that makeup clogs your pores and causes unexpected breakouts, which is true! However, it can also push free radicals from pollution deeper into the skin. Free radicals disrupt collagen and elastin production which can lead to more fine lines and wrinkles over time. Every evening should be an opportunity for your skin to recover after a long day.
2. Skipping Daily SPF
Everyone wants to get their summer tan on–but little do you know this can cause hyperpigmentation, premature wrinkles, and uneven skin texture. It’s easy than ever to incorporate sunscreen into your routine today. There is SPF in non-comedogenic sunscreens, morning moisturizers, CC creams, foundations, powders, and more! There is no excuse for skimping on protecting from the BIGGEST premature age-er…the sun!
3. Washing With Water That’s Too Hot or Too Cold
Your water temperature should be right in the middle of too hot and too cold. Warm water provides the best benefits without dilating or constricting your capillaries. If you put your face under extreme temperatures, this can lead to popped blood vessels, spider veins, and irritations that lead to aging.
4. Using the Wrong Skincare For Your Skin Type
If you use the wrong skincare products on your face it can throw off the pH of your skin. Figure out if you have oily, dry, combo, sensitive, or acne-prone skin. Maybe it’s a combination of a few things! Stack your products to accommodate your skin’s unique needs. But don’t over-dry or over-hydrate your skin because this can lead to excess breakouts. When you treat the specific problems of your skin, you are able to avoid premature aging and start ACTUALLY seeing results.
5. Skimping on Your Sleep Schedule
Have you ever pulled an all nighter and felt like your skin was looking dry, drab, and uneven? When you don’t get enough sleep, your body releases stress hormones to get you through the day. Stress is the ENEMY for our skin because cortisol can stimulate oil production and pore-clogging sebum. When you go to bed every night, your skin is able to heal and regenerate. If you don’t get enough sleep, you won’t see that beautiful youthful glow!
6. Over-Exfoliating Your Skin
The skin is a delicate ecosystem and it’s always important to start slow and take breaks. Many people can get into habits with their routine which leads to over-exfoliation and too many products! Less isn’t always more if it’s not what you need. If you do exfoliate, make sure you are always replenishing the skin barrier with nourishing oil. The Dermeren Replenish Oil is a great post-exfoliation treatment!
7. Forgetting About Your Neck, Hands, and Décolleté
The biggest places people show their age is the face, neck, hands, and décolleté. Always pull your skincare products down your neck and chest. Finish off your routine by rubbing them into your hands afterward. The last thing you want is to notice premature aging in those areas, meanwhile, your face is looking ten years younger! Your chest and hands deserve those enriching anti-aging products too.
8. Not Breaking Your Dehydrating Habits
Everyone enjoys indulging in a delicious beverage or latte every now and again. However make sure you’re always rehydrating your body, and give yourself breaks from alcohol and caffeine. Anything that dehydrates us from the inside, will eventually show up on the outside! Make sure you balance your weeks and you should be all set.
9. Ignoring Pollution and Environmental Stressors
Many dermatologists today discuss the importance of anti-pollution formulas as powerful additions to your skincare routine. More and more studies are coming out about the impact of the environment on our skin. The combination of bacteria, free radicals, and environmental stressors wreak havoc on our skin barrier. Don’t ignore the importance of keeping yourself protected as much as possible. If you’re outside for a long time, make sure to shower off the day as soon as you get home.
10. Neglecting Your Morning Skincare Routine
When you are sleeping your skin purges all the toxins and gunk from the previous day. This is what allows you to wake up with that glowy, fresh face! While it may be tempting to skip your morning skincare and go straight for the makeup, think again. It’s JUST as important to wash the ‘night’ off. Prep your skin with a gentle cleanser, a light morning moisturizer, and an SPF. Neglecting your morning routine can lead to dull, aged skin over time.
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