Are you treating your skin with gentle love and caring attention? Or are you making some common mistakes that are actually making your skin worse? I’ve fallen victim to every one of these points so I’m sharing my flawless skin secrets.
1. Mistake: Over Cleansing
The biggest and most common mistake we make to achieve beautiful skin is over cleansing. When we have a problem area pop up (for me my chin!), we tend to focus all of our time and energy in that spot. We exfoliate, tone, and try to clean that area as much as possible…but guess what? You’re making it worse! When an area of our skin breaks out, the constant attention and scrubbing is actually irritating the skin and causing tiny blood vessel to rupture in that area. Consequently, blood and oil are sent to that spot to help repair the damaged skin and voila…more trouble. When you have a problematic section of skin, try to touch it as little as possible and keep it well moisturized. Although this will feel very counterintuitive, you will allow your body to heal organically and those spots a chance to clear up.
2. Mistake: Spending $ On Eye Cream
I recently visited my skin fairy godmother and attacked her with questions on products, skin care, and healthy routines. Specifically, I grilled her on what the deal is with eye creams. We are constantly bombarded with ads on anti-wrikle remedies and the best products to prevent those crow’s feet and laugh lines that will be upon us before we know it. Shockingly, my skin guru chalked up eye cream entirely to marketing. She explained that the skin around our eyes is thinner and more sensitive than the rest of our face, making it much more absorbent. Because of it’s ability to soak in products, our normal face moisturizer actually works better around the eyes and is more than enough product. So stop spending your money on those expensive creams and put them towards a killer pair of shoes!
3. Mistake: Keeping One Routine
Growing up, I was always under the impression the key to healthy and happy skin was finding one routine and sticking to it (ala Proactiv cleanser, toner, and moisturizer!). While keeping your skin clean and moisturized is essential, sticking to the same products month after month is actually doing nothing for your skin’s health. When thinking about which products to use during certain seasons, equate what your put on your skin with what you are wearing at the time. During warm and sunny summer months, you are wearing bitty sundresses and therefore light moisturizer and make up. As the weather begins to cool and you’re wearing layers of sweaters and scarves, you’ll need to begin adding more moisturizer to keep your skin hydrated.
Also, switching up which products you use will keep your skin reacting to the active ingredients. Have you ever noticed that when you switch to a new conditioner, it feels like it’s the most amazing product and your hair has never felt smoother? The same goes for skin products. Change your daytime and nighttime moisturizers, cleansers, and serums about every 3 months for your best skin!
4. Mistake: Only Moisturizing the Face
A common mistake we all make often is focusing solely on our faces. This is obviously where all the action is, but we shouldn’t neglect our necks, chest and hands. For better or for worse, our bodies first show signs of aging at the eyes, neck, chest, and back of our hands. To prevent those wrinkles from popping up prematurely, we need to apply moisturizer all the way down to our chests and add the backs of our hands into our sunscreen routine. While there are some great options to reduce signs of aging on the face, these other areas are very difficult to fix once the damage is done. Adding a couple more pumps and 2 extra seconds of attention can keep your skin looking fresh, tight, and young.
5. Mistake: Avoiding the Sun
Keeping your skin our of reach of the sun’s rays has recently become a huge deal. We smear on layer after layer of sunscreen and zinc oxide to shield our skin from harmful rays and keep it looking fresh and pale. While I am not negating the sun can be harmful to the skin, it is only damaging when you get burned. Our bodies have a basic need for Vitamin D and benefit greatly from it’s facilitation in absorbing calcium and phosphorus and regulating your immune system. We see a Vitamin D deficiency when we overuse sunscreen, work all day in an office, or shield ourselves from the sun. Interestingly enough, Mother Nature closely moderates our sun intake with long summer days and limited sunlight in the winter. Our skin gets to rest during winter months and soak up the rays in the summer. With that being said, if you are spending all day outside, I do recommend a hat and some sunscreen to prevent burning!
Below are my go-to products that are effective but gentle enough for your skin. Comment if you have any questions about these products!