Hello beauties, welcome (back) to the Glamform. Today I’m sharing some common skincare mistakes with you. These are steps that people skip or start with later than they should!
Let’s get right into it:
I’ve preached this before and I’ll keep repeating it. The UV rays from the sun are very damaging to your skin, please protect your skin against them at all times.
The sun emits both UVA rays and UVB rays. UVA rays are present at all times during daylight, so even when you are indoors, they will penetrate normal windows. UVA rays are the UV rays that cause wrinkles, skin aging and spots, while UVB rays cause you to burn if you stay out in the sun too long. Aside from all of this, UV rays from the sun cause skin cancer. Please stay safe and use at least SPF 30!
My current favorite sunscreen is the Laura Mercier daily face shield!
Check out my sunscreen article here.
Skipping eye cream
Skipping eye cream until lines start to appear or randomly using any cream as an eye cream are big mistakes. Unfortunately they’re mistakes that I’m guilty of. Currently I’m religiously using eye creams, morning and evening, however I only started doing this after I saw lines that weren’t there before – to my great shock. Insert sad melody
Before I would use eye creams on and off, whenever I felt like it or whenever I had a bit extra money to spend. Now it’s just as important as regular face cream to me.
That brings me to another point – do not use regular face creams or other random things as an eye cream. It really matters what you use and sadly a lot of face creams aren’t suitable for the delicate skin underneath your eyes. My favorite eye cream is the Now Foods correcting eye cream, it’s only $13 dollars. For this price, you get 30ml/1 oz of product, which is usually how much a regular face cream contains!
I ordered it, because it’s one of the few eye creams I could find without a bunch of unnecessary crap, like alcohol and perfume. It really tightens my eye area and so far, I’m loving it!
I use that before I apply my face products and afterwards, I add pure rosehip seed oil or another oil of my choice to my entire face, including the eye area. This locks everything in and pure, cold-pressed oils wonderful products to use underneath your delicate eye area.
Do not get fooled into buying an expensive under-eye oil or cream. It doesn’t need to be expensive and the prices that companies are charging for some of these creams are ridiculous. If you want to top off your eye cream with an oil, you can get a big bottle of pure, cold pressed oil for a better price! I love my rosehip oil, but sweet almond oil is also a favorite. If you have a very dry under-eye area, check out avocado oil.
Do you have oily skin and/or acne and do you want to use a face oil that you can also apply on your under-eye area? Then check out this article I wrote about face oils for oily/ acne-prone skin 🙂
Not starting anti-aging until you need to
Prevention is key here. Just like the eye cream, don’t wait until you the first wrinkles and aging spots have appeared. Once you pass your early twenties, I recommend that you start incorporating products that are beneficial to collagen production in your skin (Collagen is what keeps your skin young and tight). Always use SPF to prevent and slow down sun damage, but start looking into a night cream that performs while you’re sleeping. Never ever waste time with a day cream that claims to be anti-aging, but does not contain sun protection UNLESS you plan on applying a sunscreen on top of your day cream.
Staying away from chemical exfoliation
Everybody knows the usual physical exfoliants, like face scrubs which contain grainy bits that leave your skin smoother (or at least, that’s the plan). Many people are afraid of chemical exfoliants though, when there’s really no reason to! The “chemical” in chemical exfoliants sounds scarier than it really is. In reality, there are many chemical exfoliants that are more gentle on the skin than a traditional scrub is. Chemical exfoliation is exfoliation by Alpha Hydroxy Acids (AHA) and Beta Hydroxy Acids (BHA). AHA’s are great for getting rid of dryness and improving skin tone and discoloration. BHA’s penetrate deeper into pores, which makes them ideal for getting rid of clogged pores and acne. A lot of people might think of the side effects (peeling, red skin) of professional chemical peels, but that only happens with professional grade skin peels performed by your dermatologist. The AHA and BHA products in stores will leave your skin brighter, smoother and softer without any scary stuff.
While there’s nothing wrong with a nice face scrub once in a while, their effect is pretty minimal. On top of that, they can be abrasive and if you use a face scrub that contains less than ideal ingredients, it might leave micro tears in your skin. Micro-tears are little scratches and tears in your skin that you can’t see with the bare eye, but they make your skin more vulnerable to aging and visible skin damage.
So don’t be afraid, there is no better time to get into chemical exfoliants! If you’re looking to have skin that’s softer, more even and younger-looking or you want to get rid of discoloration, then go for an AHA product. Paula’s Choice resist daily smoothing treatment is ideal for gently exfoliating dry skin cells, and reducing the appearance of aging and sun-damage, while evening out your skin tone.
If your issues involve blackheads, clogged pores and acne, go for a BHA product. Paula’s Choice Clear 2% solution effectively reduces clogged pores and acne, but it’s still gentle (they have a stronger version, but I always recommend trying out regular versions of products first).
If you are allergic to aspirin (the medicine), don’t use BHA, as it has chemical similarities.
Always use AHA’s and BHA’s at night and use a sunscreen after use, since they make your skin more sensitive to the sun.
If you enjoyed this article or you have any questions, feel free to leave a comment down below!