5 Common Mistakes That are Damaging Your Skin

by Tami Brehse December 20, 2016

5 Common Mistakes That are Damaging Your Skin

The funny thing about skin is that it’s often unpredictable. A product that works wonders for your best friend might make your acne act up, or you might suddenly find your face feeling dry and flaky even though you’re using the same routine you have for years.

Though no two women’s skincare needs are exactly the same, you might be doing harm to your skin without even realizing it! Here are five of the most common mistakes that can irritate sensitive skin or exacerbate problems like breakouts and redness.

  1. Exfoliating incorrectly

Exfoliating, when done correctly, is a healthy part of any skincare routine. It helps slough off dead skin cells that are stuck on the surface, making room for fresh, new ones. It also stimulates your circulation, which gives your complexion that healthy glow.

The key is to exfoliate with balance—not too light, not too harsh, but just right. If it hurts or burns, you’re being too rough on your skin!

We’re not fans of gritty exfoliating cleansers. Instead, we suggest using a lightly textured washcloth to gently massage your normal cleanser into your facial skin in a circular motion with a light amount of pressure. Make one pass over the entire surface of your face, then rinse with lukewarm water.

Do this no more than once or twice per week. The other days of the week, simply apply your cleanser using your fingertips.

Skincare mistakes

  1. Not cleaning your brushes frequently

Your makeup brushes—and especially sponges—are a hotbed for bacteria that can cause unsightly blemishes! Think about it: you wouldn’t go for several weeks without washing your face, so why should the brushes you use on your face be any different?

Clean your brushes and sponges at least once per week by rubbing them gently with soap and warm water. There are tons of fancy cleansers out there designed specifically for makeup brushes, but Johnson’s Baby Shampoo is an old standby that works just as well and will eliminate yucky bacteria from building up.

After squeezing the excess moisture out, lay your brushes flat on a towel to air dry.

  1. Applying products in the wrong order

Beauty junkies, we’re looking at you! There’s nothing wrong with layering on multiple products, but if you do it in the wrong order, the ones on top are basically useless.

To ensure all products are absorbed fully, apply your beauty serums starting with the thinnest first. Then, layer on thicker products like creams.

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  1. Cleansing too frequently

If your face is prone to excess oil, it can be tempting to wash repeatedly throughout the day. But in fact, excessive cleansing only prompts your skin to produce more oil to make up for what’s being stripped away!

Instead, you’ll need to do a bit of investigative work to see what changes affect your skin’s oil production. Try banishing processed, oily foods from your diet and swapping in more fresh produce and whole grains. Drink plenty of water, as dehydration can stress skin into cranking out more oil. Make sure you’re using makeup that’s formulated specifically for oily skin, so it won’t add to the problem.

If none of these changes seems to make a difference, it make be time to sit down with a dermatologist.

  1. Dipping your fingers into product jars

You wouldn’t stick your fingers into a jar of salad dressing then put it back in the fridge, right (ew!)? So you definitely shouldn’t do it with your beauty products! Your fingertips not only pass oil into the jar, they can also transfer bacteria that you don’t want sticking around for the product’s entire shelf life.

If your product doesn’t have a pump or squeeze design, use a cotton swab, cotton ball or small scoop to transfer the product from the jar to your fingertips or onto skin.

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Tami Brehse
Tami Brehse