Like just about everything else, skincare includes plenty of do’s and don’ts. All too often, each of us ends up committing a few skin care crimes. Jeunesse Global gets these known “no-no’s” out into the open and consider why it’s important to avoid them.
1. Not removing makeup
If you do absolutely nothing else, take off your makeup at the end of the night. Even if you’re tired, even if you have little to no time to yourself, take off your makeup. Spending the few moments it takes to remove your makeup will save you from a lot of pain in the long run. Acne, inflammation, whiteheads and blackheads – not to mention premature aging – can all be exacerbated by the dirt, debris and makeup left on your skin.
We recommend an oil or balm cleanser for most skin types, especially if you have sensitive eyes. While makeup remover wipes are handy, they can easily stress and irritate the delicate skin around the eyes, where we often use the most makeup. Simply massage the product of your choice into the skin, and remove it by rinsing with lukewarm water.
Because acids have become so popular through the last year or so, over-exfoliating has become more prevalent. While using chemical exfoliators, like acids, or physical exfoliators, like grains and scrubs, can offer excellent results for clogged or congested skin, using these products improperly can create problems – skin flaking, redness and irritation, breakouts and/or stripping, to name a few.
We typically recommend using an exfoliating product only once or twice a week, although there are a few exceptions. If you’re using a cleanser with chemical exfoliants, such as our Luminesce Youth Restoring Cleanser, most are fine for everyday use. The percentage of active ingredients is much smaller in these types of products, and because you’re washing it off the skin as well, the acids and enzymes will not have the opportunity to cause damage, as a leave-on treatment potentially could.
3. Putting on too much product
The 10-step Korean skin care routine really isn’t for everyone. While it’s great to indulge in a more luxurious skin care routine every once in a while, you should avoid overloading your skin, especially if you have acne-prone or sensitive skin. Too much product – especially more heavy, emollient ones – can lead to irritation, congestion and more acne.
4. Not reading the ingredients list
Learning how to read the ingredients list on products before you buy them can save you so much hassle, especially if you have reactive skin. If you know certain ingredients will cause a breakout, you should check the ingredients list before purchasing any product. Additionally, if you find there are a few extracts or ingredients your skin really likes, you can keep an eye out for them.
5. Not incorporating SPF into your routine
The single best thing you can do for your skin if you’re concerned about aging? Wear SPF. While it isn’t as flashy as the anti-aging products you’ll see lining the shelves, the saying really does stand in this case: An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. Plus, with products like the Luminesce Daily Moisturizing Complex from Jeunesse Global, you’re getting a moisturizer and sunscreen in one, so there’s no reason to forget about it.
Hopefully, you now have an idea of what to avoid, and we’ve provided a rough guide to the most important aspects of a skin care routine.
What has been your No. 1 skincare mistake? We’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments below!