Everyone is guilty of a mistake or two when it comes to caring for your skin, like skipping SPF or sleeping with your makeup on. However, there are other common mistakes you may not be aware of, that you're making on a daily basis! Keep reading to find out if you're caring for your skin properly, or if you need to rethink your current routine. Follow askderm on Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest and Twitter so you never miss a post!
It's a common misconception to think you're pampering your skin by exfoliating daily. Exfoliation removes dead skin cells that can build up over time, removing dull and rough skin. Buffing away too much skin however, has proven to be damaging long term resulting in a diminished barrier against environmental toxins. This is also proven to increase sun damage. To make sure your skin isn't subject to these concerns, keep your exfoliation routine to 2-3 times per week.
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Skipping Moisturizer on Oily Skin Types
Moisturizing is a critically important step to every skincare routine, regardless of the skin type you have! Did you know a common reason for over production of oil is actually skin dehydration? When your skin isn't receiving the hydration it needs, it goes into overtime and tries to hydrate itself. With regular use of the proper moisturizer for your skin type, you'll likely notice less shine throughout the day.
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In order to achieve healthy, radiant skin, diet and a proper skincare routine go hand in hand. If you're experiencing symptoms like dullness or acne, up your water intake while limiting sugars. Make sure you're also including a serum in your routine that is packed with VItamin C, which is an essential ingredient to achieve the skin you're longing for.
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Making Your Blemished Skin Worse
Acne is a very common skin concern among individuals of many ages. Picking, popping, and touching blemishes can be hard to resist for some, but are likely to make your problems worse. The oils and germs on your hands can also cause additional blemishes to surface. This is likely to result in scaring, which can be difficult to heal and remove entirely depending on genetics and blemish type. Avoid touching your face unless necessary, apply the proper products, and seek a dermatologist's help if you're unable to effectively treat your blemishes on your own.
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Applying Too Much Product
Having a "Pamper Routine" and loading your skin up with all the products in your medicine cabinet? Don't do it! Mixing many different products can overwhelm your skin and cause an adverse reaction. Plus, all topical products are effective up to 0.3% absorption into your skin. If you're treating multiple skin concerns, it's best to alternate these products daily rather than applying simultaneously.
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