Having flawless skin can be hard work. One of the great frustrations of maintaining healthy skin is putting so much work into it, only to have an epic fail. This happens. People put effort into skincare, try new products, and use proven strategies only to find themselves experiencing a rash, breakout, or new skin situation that is even worse.
Avoid these 8 skincare fails to ensure this doesn’t happen to you and to enjoy better skin.
1. Using Products for the Wrong Skin Type
When you select a product, like an acne treatment, it’s common to read the label to learn what the product helps with. Many people overlook the additional information on the label indicating which skin type the product is designed for. As a result, a person with oily skin might accidentally use a product intended for a person with dry skin. This usually leads to skin disaster. Know your skin type and always read the whole label.
2. Mishandling Dark Spots
Most common for young adults but occurring at any age, dark spots on the skin are often the result of sun damage. Protecting the skin from sun damage is a great way to prevent dark spots on skin. Of course, that isn’t always possible and sometimes doesn’t work. In such cases, be sure to treat dark spots slowly and carefully. Use reliable, medically proven products. Otherwise, dark spots can turn into overly lightened spots. Those are much harder to cover up.
3. Not Testing Products in a Small Area
Imagine applying a new facial cream you are really excited about. You take it off and find your skin broken out in a rash, red, and itchy. You are probably having an allergic reaction. This isn’t uncommon because the skin is very sensitive. Rather than risking such a severe problem, always test new products on a small patch of skin on a concealed area. That way, if you have a bad reaction, it’s not obvious.
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4. Overdoing Cleansing
Cleaning the skin is important. However, the skin has a natural balance of oils to cleanse itself. If you overdo it on your cleansing, you strip your skin of its natural oils and abilities. You can also accidentally rub dirt in by cleansing too vigorously. Clean gently and no more than once a day. If exfoliating, stick with once a week at most and don’t press too hard.
5. Giving Too Much Attention to Pimples
Using acne treatments is an important part of many people’s skincare regimens. Focusing too much on pimples can actually irritate the skin though. It’s best to gently clean your face and ignore pimples for a day or two. Don’t touch them, clean them vigorously, or try to pop them. Most resolve themselves that way.
6. Forgetting Your Skin Relates to Your Whole Body
Sometimes people forget that the skin is an organ, just like the lungs or the liver. Since it is an organ, your skin interacts with the rest of your body extensively. Your skin, along with your whole body, acts as a unit. So how you treat your body as a whole affects your skin.
For instance, if you never exercise, it affects your skin. If you eat lots of junk food, that affects your skin too. You can waste lots of time trying to make up for damage to your skin if you continue to cause that damage with an unhealthy lifestyle overall. Your best option is to stick to a healthy lifestyle for clear skin.
7. Neglecting Skin When Sick
As an organ interacting with the rest of the body, the skin is also affected when you get sick. Often, because it is easy to get dehydrated when sick, the skin gets dehydrated too. Moisturize while you are sick, especially around the nose and mouth. This will prevent illness from undoing all of your hard skincare work.
8. Using Dirty Products
Buying new skincare product when you run out is easy to remember. Replacing applicators, skincare tools, and even towels is more easily forgotten. A major cause of skincare fails is drying cleaned skin with a dirty washcloth or exfoliating with a mold-filled tool. Be aware: keep all of your skincare products as clean as you want your skin to be.