If you don’t know yet, I am obsessed with clear skin. (Duh, that’s why I love skincare and skincare products so much). But who doesn’t love clear skin tho? My obsession with having clear skin started when I was in my late teens. In retrospect, my skin was very clear at the time but teenage me didn’t think so.
As I grew older I started learning a lot about skincare. What shocked me the most in what I learned was that I was making a lot of heinous skincare mistakes in my quest to have perfectly clear skin. What was consoling or rather shocking was that there were so many other women making the same mistakes?
So I asked some other bloggers what their major skincare mistakes have been; I’ll share them in this post as well.
For me: I made a whole lot of mistakes. I’ll try to list the major ones
When I was younger and knew nothing about skincare, I was using products for acne when I didn’t have even one pimple. I’ve never battled with acne though I have extremely oily skin. However, I misinterpreted the whole “Acne-prone skin” phrase. I assumed that just because my skin is extremely oily, I had to use acne prevention/treatment products. It doesn’t even help that a lot of products for oily skin are also marketed for acne/blemish prone skin. I wasn’t trying to treat or prevent acne, I just needed to control oil. Ugh.
To know the ingredients that are best for your skin type, you’ll need to accurately know your skin type. Read this Finding Out Your Skin Type post to help you decide 🙂
I must confess, I love hot showers. I mean showers hot enough to peel off a chicken’s feathers. Hot enough to set the smoke/heat alarm off right outside my bathroom door. Oops. Anything cooler than that is not for me. Even when I’m not intentionally washing my face with that ridiculously hot water, my face takes on most of the steam.
I have since learned that too hot steam is detrimental to your skin’s overall health. First, too hot water can overdry your skin by washing away the skin’s natural oils. It can also cause inflammation of the skin by inducing excess circulation. So skin experts recommend using lukewarm water. I am still learning this. When I was much younger, I used to only shower with very cold water… idk what happened. Gotta get back to that place.
The skin needs to be hydrated in order for it to thrive. Water is a good source of hydration. When you don’t take in enough water, you leave your skin dry, thirsty and dull. I generally drink a lot of water and lots of tea throughout the day, but sometimes I am just too busy and end up not even drinking a cup. Yes, I have had periods where I’d go as long as one week without drinking water. It’s terrible.
I must confess, my skin looks a whole lot better and healthier when I drink a lot of water. So now I challenge myself to drink a gallon a day. You can eat fruits high in water content to substitute for gulping glasses of water. Your skin will tell you when the thirst is real!
I still make this mistake on days when I wear makeup (which is like 1-2x /month). I get lazy every now and then and it so happens to be on days when I wear makeup. ugh. This is one of the reasons why I don’t wear them. I forgot or get lazy and never bother to wash them out. This is even worse for someone with large pores as the products can penetrate into the skin even more. I try now to be consistent with my skincare with cleansing and following a routine twice daily. So far, so good!
So I have oily skin. Every product I own is either strictly for oily skin or combination skin. The problem is that often times, each of these products contains high concentrations of certain ingredients. Using these ingredients concurrently often leave your skin super dry and irritated. Most of these products don’t just lack added oil but they have ingredients that combat your skin’s natural oil. If you use an oil free cleaner, alcohol toner, oil free moisturizer and oil-free everything, you leave your skin deprived.
My solution now is to add some other forms of hydration to my skin like hydrating oils (suitable for oily skin) as well as hyaluronic acid or other forms of humectant. Not sure which ingredients are best for your skin type? Check out my Finding The Best Ingredients For Your Skin Type post.
Now over to some of my Girl Boss bloggers on some of their skincare mistakes. Don’t forget to click on their names and check these bloggers out as well!
Katie From Brewingupstyle
“One of the skincare mistakes I made as a teenager and young adult was over-using harsh chemicals to try and treat acne. I would use scrubs, benzoyl peroxide, and salicylic acid treatments (sometimes all before bed) without using any moisturizer! After college, I finally went to see a dermatologist and am on a much simpler regimen with my face looking clear and better than ever.”
Lauren From EllDuClos
“I was using too harsh of an exfoliator too often. Knowing that I didn’t have the “best” textured skin, I thought by exfoliating often it would help to even it out. I was sadly mistaken. Instead, exfoliating often caused, even more, breakouts and my skin became drier than ever before! Now I only exfoliate twice a week and apply a toner after. This seems to be working the best! Skincare is important!”
Andreafrom Moonlight Sweetness
“I was not using a sonic cleansing brush and only just washed my face with a face wash. That wasn’t cutting it for me. I used to have lots of breakouts and my skin looked meh. Once I started using Clarisonic I noticed a huge difference and an overall improvement in my skin: minimized pores, less dullness, and best of all, no breakouts.”
Louisa from Reallifewithlou
“I was wearing makeup all the time. I was so self-conscious about my bad skin that I would always wear makeup to hide it, which in turn made my skin worse! Eventually broke the cycle and it’s made such a massive difference.”
I hope you enjoyed this post! Let me know if you made or still make any of these skincare mistakes. Or share yours if it’s not listed here.
Loves & Hearts, Asaake ♥