The 5 most common skincare mistakes your facialist sees

Nutgraph: Stay out of your facialist’s bad books by steering clear of these five common skincare mistakes. Your skin will thank you for it too. 

While not seeing a facialist, dermatologist, aesthetician, or any skin expert from time to time is a skin ‘mistake’ in itself, that’s a story for another day. Even while diligently doing our skincare routines at home, we may be making some skincare mistakes without realising it. We’re here to point the five most common ones out, so you won’t need to hear it from your facialist.  

1. Using too much product

While, yes, it’s ‘trendy’ to have a 10- to 15-step skincare routine, it’s not actually the best thing to do for your skin. Your skin is an organ, absorbing nutrients in your skincare, but as with all organs, it can only take in so much. In the same vein, there’s also no use in applying several pumps of product when really all you need is a few drops or single pump of skincare. Your skin won’t absorb all the excess product.

Overloading your skin with too may layers of product actually stresses it out, and this inflammation can lead to acne, random breakouts, and adverse reactions (like dryness or rashes), among other things.

If this happens, the last thing you want to do is aggravate it, so stick to gentle formulations until the complexion calms down and returns to normal. We recommend our Micro Molecule Gentle Cleansing Solution to give your skin a break from too-strong gels or foaming facial washes. Another product that does well to calm irritated skin is the Delicate Skin SOS Cream.

Above all, keep things simple – cleanser, treatment essence, serum, and moisturiser. That’s all you need, really!

2. Skipping moisturiser

On the other end of the spectrum of using too much product, there’s also the problem of skipping essential skincare steps. Living in a hot and humid country, many men and women often find that they have oily or combination skin. And there’s this common misconception that the last thing oily skin needs is more moisture. The opposite is true.

When your skin is oily, a lot of the time, it’s overcompensating for dryness. When the skin is too dry, it can sometimes produce excess sebum as a response, resulting in an oily complexion.

What your skin needs is to be rebalanced. To do so, you need, well… moisturiser! But if you find that your skin is oily or acne-prone, pay attention to the type of moisturiser you use. Go for one that’s light, non-comedogenic, absorbs easily, and preferably in a gel texture. The B&B Labs Blemish Control Clarifying Cream-In-Gel offers the richness of a lush cream with the weightlessness of a gel formula with its water-based hydration.

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3. Aggressively exfoliating the skin

Dermatologists often find that patients feel the need to use harsh facial scrubs before they feel their skin’s adequately clean. But the truth is that if your skin’s feeling squeaky clean after any sort of cleanse, whatever product you’re using is likely too harsh for your complexion. That ‘squeakiness’ means that essential hydration has been stripped off your skin.

Using physical exfoliators, like the ones that contain crushed walnuts or microbeads, can lead to the micro-tearing of the skin. In the long-run, your complexion will become damaged, irritated, and you may even start to see signs of premature ageing – a direct result of micro-tearing.

Switch to a chemical exfoliator instead. They’re far gentler on your skin and better for the environment. Chemical exfoliators are products that usually contain AHAs or BHAs (you’ve got to choose one depending on your skin type). Our Glyco-Glow Cleanser contains naturally-derived glycolic acid (a type of AHA) from cane sugar, making it gentle, but effective in ridding your skin of dead skin cells.

That said, even if you’re using a chemical exfoliator in stead of a harsh scrub, it’s still possible to overdo the ‘scrubbing’. Depending on your skin type, stick to exfoliating only once or twice a week, as doing so too often can wreak havoc on your skin.

4. Forgetting your neck

It’s all too easy to get caught up in focusing on your visage, that you forget to give equal care to your neck. Neglect it long enough and while your face’s may seem youthful, your neck will end up betraying your age.

So, wash and cleanse your neck, and then apply your skincare products on your neck too. Yes, all of them. The skin on your neck is just as vulnerable and exposed as the skin on your face.

If you’re uncomfortable with the sensation of products on your neck, consider looking for lighter formulations. Alternatively, you can start off using less product and build it up to an amount that’s sufficient and you’re comfortable with.

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5. Picking at your skin

This can mean quite a number of things, but they all have one thing in common – touching your face! Poking or squeezing your pimples, forcing congestion out, just feeling your skin up when you haven’t washed your hands, and so on.

Picking at your skin can cause irritation, whether or not you realise. This irritation can lead to inflammation, spreading bacteria (which our hands are covered in), and end up in acne or breakouts. In the worst cases, it can even lead to scarring. Don’t pick at something if you don’t have to. Keep your hands busy, and if you’ve got a spot that’s really bothering you, make a date with your derm or facialist. They’ll sort you out the right way! You might even try a pimple patch to keep yourself from touching a spot.

Feeling a wee tinge of guilt right now? No matter, you now know what to do to rectify or fix any of the aforementioned skincare blunders.

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