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The Biggest Skincare Mistakes

What is more important than knowing what to apply, is knowing what not to apply! I receive e-mails daily from people who make skincare mistakes. And belief me, this can lead to big problems. To be honest with you, I have made errors myself… So, in order to save you from any more problems, I have made a list of the biggest skincare mistakes below.

Over-exfoliating
For that extra smooth surface, it is quite tempting to exfoliate more often. Such a bad idea; over-exfoliating can, in fact, make your skin look older, more dull and dry. By damaging the natural skin barrier, moisture is lost which, in turn, affects the functioning of all sorts of important processes in your skin. And you will notice this! And for those who are reading my bog for the first time: never use a granular scrub on your face, exfoliate instead with substances such as Glycolic Acid and Salicylic Acid. If you use these exfoliating ingredients in the correct way then your skin will only look more radiant.

Sticking to the same routine
Due to the low humidity in the winter, your skin may feel differently than in the summer. Hormonal fluctuations can also cause noticeable changes. If you don’t adapt your skincare routine to your skins condition then you will get into difficulties. So take a good look in the mirror and apply more or less, change your exfoliant if necessary and if very dry add some oil to your skincare regime.

Aggressive cleansers
You don’t want to know how many people have skin problems because they use a Cleanser which is unsuitable for their skin. The use of a cleanser is perhaps the most important step in your skincare routine. There are many aggressive cleansers which, whist making your skin ‘clean’, also cause a lot of damage. The consequence is a dry, dull and irritated skin, with spots as well.

Natural cosmetics
“Going all green”, because if it’s natural it can’t be anything other than good. Sadly, the opposite is true. There are natural ingredients which are most certainly beneficial for your skin, but there are probably more which just cause irritation. It’s not for nothing that most dermatologists won’t advise natural products to people who suffer from very sensitive skin.

Not removing make-up at night
A study revealed that as much as 20% of women leave their mascara on for 3 days! No… If you don’t clean your skin you increase the chances of skin problems such as spots. So, just make sure you remove your make-up each evening!

Too much
A day cream, night cream, eye cream, serum, anti-wrinkle cream, primer, natural facelift, enlightening cream, firming cream…. There is a cream for just about everything. But basically, all these creams aren’t necessary and your skin doesn’t appreciate this overdose of products. If you have a mild Moisturizer with the right ingredients then you can also apply this around your eyes both in the morning and at night time. It won’t only save you money but also space in your bathroom :-)!

First things first
You may be using the right products, but if you apply them in the wrong order then it is pointless. The rule is: thinner products go first. A richer cream with a thinner moisturiser with antioxidants applied over the top is a complete waste of money!

In the sun
I cannot repeat this enough, 90% of skin ageing is due to the sun! So always protect your skin as much as you can with a sun cream and a cream with antioxidants. And never (I mean this) never use a tanning bed.

And finally not enough patience
You will need to wait a couple of months before seeing proper results of a new skincare regime. It may be that your skin seems unsettled to start with. It’s nothing to worry about; sometimes your skin needs to get used to ingredients such as Glycolic Acid, Vitamin A Acid and a higher dose of Vitamin C. I advise introducing products one at a time so that your skin doesn’t feel overwhelmed.

Hold your nerve as your skin will definitely become more beautiful! And I am certain that without these mistakes your skin will be in much better condition!

Regards Jetske
(Dr. Jetske Ultee-Research Physician Cosmetic Dermatology)  

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