I may be all about praying at the altar of the skincare gods now, but trust me, this wasn’t always the case.
In fact, in my early 20s when my skin was pristine, I never thought about how I could maintain my 20-year-old skin forever. Not once.
Fast forward a decade later, and now working as a Dermal Therapist, “where can I find the fountain of youth” is something I Google at least once a day. (For myself, and basically all of my clients.)
Sadly, ‘the fountain of youth’ is a myth (and one I cry myself to sleep every night over), but talking about skin care is now as fundamental to my life as eating. And working with clients in clinic, I see people making the same skincare mistakes… over and over again.
Hence, we need to chat about the many common skin mistakes I see in my work, that I really wish you'd stop making.
1. Not Wearing Sunscreen Every Day.
Using a broad spectrum SPF daily is the best thing you can do for your skin. Period.
Plus, nobody has time for excuses – especially your face. This is the one part of your skincare routine you can’t be lazy about.
UVA and UVB rays are responsible for the breakdown of collagen and elastin. They’re also responsible for DNA damage which can lead to skin cancer.
It’s my number one anti-ageing product. So please, just wear it.
If you're after a good sunscreen recommendation, mesoestetic mesoprotech melan 130 pigment control is one of my favourites, especially for anyone managing pigmentation like me.
2. Not Cleansing Properly.
I have to say, removing your makeup at the end of the day is almost as important as doing your taxes.
Cleansing your skin properly will ensure any other actives or products you use following can do their job, too.
I like a gentle cleanse in the AM and a double cleanse at night - The Ordinary Supersize Squalane Cleanser is a great, affordable cleanser.
The first cleanse removes any traces of makeup and sunscreen, and the second actually cleans your skin. Ideally, I also think each cleanse should go for at least one minute.
3. You Don't Know Your Skin Type (and Are Probably Using the Wrong Products Because of It).
Seeing a professional to properly assess your skin type is important. Otherwise, you may be using an entirely incorrect routine.
A lot of people think their skin is dry when really they’ve just stripped their barrier and are severely dehydrated. Or they think they’re sensitive when they’re just overusing active ingredients.
I also find people tend to overuse products made for acne-prone skin on their whole face, when really, a simple spot treatment product like the Alpha-H Clear Skin Blemish Control Gel on problem areas would be more effective.
Skincare shouldn’t be a guessing game and booking yourself in for a proper skin analysis with a dermal therapist or dermatologist will teach you a lot.
Find out which The Ordinary products are right for your skin type in this YouTube video below!