With a much higher level of awareness of skin care health lately, so many people have “perfected” their skincare routine, or though it seems. There is still so much you might be doing wrong with your routine that is still keeping your skin from reaching its goddess-like potential. So read on to truly try to perfect your regimen.
1. You’re applying your products in the wrong order
A correct sequence for applying your skin care is crucial if you want to get the most out of all your products. A general rule of thumb is the lightest products and those with the most beneficial ingredients go on first, then your heavier creams and you always end with your SPF (liquids, then gels, then creams).
If you apply your moisturizer after your sunscreen you’ll essentially be watering down the efficacy of your sun protection as most moisturizers are water-based. Water-based products go on first before heavier oil-based ones. Spot treatments should be applied before serums and most of the time at night (check no. 3). Acne treatments should be applied on bare skin so nothing can get in its way and you reap all of its acne fighting goodness. Keep the under eye area only for eye creams, no spot treatments or serums should come near this highly sensitive area.
Day Time Routine:
- Eye Cream
- Day Cream
Night Time Routine:
- Spot Treatment
- Eye Cream
- Night Cream
2. Not giving your products enough time to sink in
Don’t rush through your routine, after you cleanse, tone and spot treat, wait 3-5 mins for your skin to really take in all the product. When you don’t give your skin enough time to really benefit, you end up diluting the products you are applying and they won’t work as well as they are intended to.
3. Not checking your product ingredients for sun sensitivity
A lot of the times, the products that say “Night Time” should be used exclusively at night, because they sometimes have ingredients that can cause your skin to be sensitive when exposed to the sun. So, don’t ignore the labels and stick to the rule “Spot treatments should be applied at night” because more often than not those treatments can cause your skin sun sensitivity, hyperpigmentation or even a rash when you expose to direct sunlight.
4. Not having a towel just for your face, and/or sharing a towel with someone
Your face and your hands have nothing in common, so why should they have a common towel?! You don’t want the germs and bacteria that build up on your towel to go on your face which is way more sensitive than your hands. Designate a towel just for your face and make sure no one else is using it. We don’t want someone else’s skin problems on ours, we already have enough to deal with as it is.
5. Scrubbing or rubbing your face with a towel instead of dabbing
Always dab when drying your face with a towel, never ever rub at your skin. The fibers in most towels are too harsh on our skin when we rub our skin dry, they can cause irritations and cause your skin to be extra sensitive, red or even breakout.
6. You’re either over or under exfoliating
First, you need to know your skin type, dry, combination/oily or normal skin. Then you can figure out an exfoliating regimen that works best for you.
- Normal Skin: Exfoliate 2-3 times a week (depending on how your skin has been reacting that week)
- Combination/Oily Skin: Exfoliate 3 times a week ( opt for a gentle exfoliator, it’s never a good idea to be harsh on your skin)
- Dry Skin: Exfoliate 2 times a week
7. You don’t apply your skincare upwards, and your makeup downwards
When applying your skin care, you should always rub the products into your skin in an upward motion and not downward. This is to allow all the product to really seep into your skin and get absorbed really well. On the other hand, when you apply your makeup, you want to do it in a downward motion so your makeup stays on your skin and doesn’t clog your pores or gets absorbed by your skin too much.
8. Using makeup wipes to remove your makeup
It’s never a good idea to use makeup wipes to remove your makeup, in fact, it’s not a good idea to use makeup wipes at all. These wipes actually can help spread bacteria all over your face, and sometimes they help to open up your pores, even more, making them easily clogged by dirt in the air. They are also never enough to remove the layers upon layers of foundation, concealer, contour, highlight, powder (I can go on for a while here), no matter how many wipes you use it’s not enough. You have to use a good oil cleanser and a water-based cleanser, which brings us to the next point.
9. You don’t double cleanse, especially when removing makeup
To ensure your skin is clean from all the product you’ve layered on it all day, you have to double cleanse. First, use an oil-based cleanser to really break down the makeup and product that’s been sitting on your skin all day. Then, use a water-based cleanser to remove any remaining residue. If you were not wearing any makeup that day, just cleansing once would suffice.
10. You think you don’t need SPF (Sun Protection Factor)
Let me just tell you now, everyone, and I mean everyone needs SPF. Even, African Americans need SPF. Your skin color only determines how high of an SPF you need, so stop making up excuses and apply your sunblock daily, even on the cloudy winter days, the sun’s harmful UVA/UVB rays are always there. Depending on your skin color, the darker your skin the less SPF you’ll need, but you’ll STILL need protection from the sun.
Fair Skin: SPF 50
Darker Skin: SPF 15-30
We hope we’ve given you enough to truly get the most out of your skincare regimen, and if you know someone who’s cheating themselves from the better skincare routine, go on and send this to them, sharing is caring after all!