We all sometimes make mistakes when it comes to our skincare regimens. With input from skincare professionals, let’s look at some of the most common mistakes and how we can (easily) avoid them.
1. Believing that the SPF in your makeup is sufficient to protect your skin every day.
This is very common; we choose makeup with a stated SPF on the label, usually SPF 15. First, SPF 15 is not what is generally recommended. The American Academy of Dermatology recommends an SPF 30 or higher, and broad-spectrum sunscreen to protect against both UVA and UVB.
Chances are very good that we do not apply enough of that makeup product to deliver the stated SPF, and we certainly do not reapply as recommended.
The solution: Apply your SPF 30+ sunscreen first, followed by your makeup. That way, we can be sure we are getting the protection we need.
Recommended: Silc Sheer 2.0 SPF 40
2. Not being consistent with your skincare regimen.
We all occasionally slip up; leaving our makeup on overnight or skipping the morning cleanse. But inconsistency is the enemy of consistently good skin. Our regimen does not need to be complicated; it’s more important to be consistent.
The solution: Make your skincare regimen routine. Like brushing your teeth, set a time, and just do it! And focus on products that truly make a difference. My morning regimen centers around my morning shower. My evening regimen; when I change into comfy clothes or jammies at the end of my day.
Recommended: DNA Total Repair
3. Over-exfoliating the skin; too often or too vigorously.
We all know that exfoliation is a key element of a healthy skin regimen. Boosting the removal of dead skin cells and other debris allows for our skincare products to do their best work. But exfoliating too often, too vigorously or with harsh products can cause the skin to become more sensitive and lead to other issues.
The solution: Ask your skin care professional for a product recommendation and instructions on how and how often to use it.
Recommendation: Serious Glypeel [Peel-off Mask]
4. Confusing dry and dehydrated skin.
Truly dry skin is lacking in oil; dehydrated skin is lacking in water. So can my skin be both oily and dehydrated? Absolutely! One of the most common mistakes I see is the use of rich moisturizing creams to deal with dehydration. The result: too much oil, too little water.
The solution: Look for products that have ingredients that attract and retain water. One of my favorites is Hyaluronic Acid; it attracts and holds up to 1000 times its own weight in water.
Recommended: Advanced HA Serum
5. Following every influencer “tip” for perfect skin.
Do you know this person? Are they a skincare professional? (Physician, RN, PA, Esthetician?) Do they know YOUR skin? If not, resist the urge to try every recommendation you find on social media.
The solution: Look for credible sources, like skincare professionals, for advice. Often these sources have links to the pros that can answer your skincare questions. Better yet, ask YOUR skincare professional about what you see online and whether the product or procedure is right for you.
Recommended: You will find skincare professionals who use Neova products at https://www.neova.com/tools/physician-locator/