During the prime of their lives, adults often make several common skincare mistakes that hinder their skin from healing. These mistakes include layering too many skincare products in one routine, over-exfoliating, sleeping with makeup on, not moisturizing, and not using sunscreen.

1. Layering too many skincare products in a routine can be detrimental to the skin.

Some skincare products contain ingredients like AHA or BHA, retinol, vitamin C, benzoyl peroxide, or other acids, which can be irritating on their own. Using them all together can make the products too strong for the skin, leading to redness, irritation, and dryness. It is best to introduce treatment or exfoliating products slowly and limit them to 1-2 per routine.

 

2. Over-exfoliating is another common mistake.

While the skin may feel smooth and look bright immediately after exfoliation, it also removes the protective layer of the skin. This exposes the skin to elements like dust and UVA/UVB rays, which can cause long-term damage.

 

3. Sleeping with makeup on is a big skincare mistake.

Not only does this lead to a messy appearance in the morning, but it also causes dryness, clogged pores, and can even result in breakouts. It is important to properly cleanse the skin before bed, and using a micellar solution can be a helpful option.

 

4. Not using sunscreen correctly is perhaps the biggest skincare mistake.

Sun damage is the number one cause of photoaging, so applying sunscreen before makeup is crucial. Sun damage can result in dryness, dullness, loss of elasticity, sagging, enlarged pores, sunspots, and dark marks. It is also important to protect the lips with SPF as the delicate skin on the lips is thinner and more susceptible to damage.

 

5. Skipping moisturizer is another mistake that people make, especially those with oily skin.

Oily skin still needs moisture, and when the skin is dry, it tends to overproduce more oil to compensate. Finding the right moisturizer is key. For oily skin, a water-based and lightweight moisturizer is recommended. Acne-prone skin may require some trial and error to find a moisturizer that is not too heavy.

By avoiding these common skincare mistakes and adopting a proper skincare routine, adults can help their skin heal and maintain a healthy complexion.