Acne, blemishes, hyperpigmentation, and dryness are some things we try to steer clear from when it comes to our skin. It’s safe to say that everyone wants beautiful, healthy skin. What could be better than that? Unfortunately, there are a number of skincare mistakes you may be making that’ll keep you from achieving the skin you desire.
I know I’m guilty of some of the mistakes I’ll be discussing in this post, but the good news is these can easily be fixed!
Skincare Mistakes to Avoid
Not Wearing Sunscreen
Uh-huh, I know you’re guilty of this because I didn’t wear sunscreen for years. I was under the impression that it wasn’t a necessity unless I was going outside for a long period of time. Ha, I also thought that black people didn’t need to wear sunscreen. Of course, that’s a lie!
Sunscreen is the most important step in your morning skincare routine. Even if you’re stepping outside for a short period of time, you should still apply it. No matter how long you’re exposed to the sun, your skin is always at risk if it’s not protected.
Not applying sunscreen is one skincare mistake that needs to be fixed as soon as possible! Many issues such as hyperpigmentation, acne, and wrinkles can be reduced by wearing sunscreen regularly, and those are concerns we all want to avoid right?
My favorite sunscreen is called Black Girl Sunscreen and it can be ordered online or found at Target. I’ve been using this for over one year now and I’ve noticed a huge difference with my skin. I love that this sunscreen doesn’t leave a white cast and it absorbs easily. I know that’s a concern for many people and the reason they don’t like wearing it. And it has all-natural ingredients which are another plus!
Don’t get me wrong, exfoliating your skin regularly is important and has many benefits, however, you want to make sure you’re not overdoing it and causing more harm than good. For my skin, I exfoliate 2-3 times per week! You want to make sure you watch out for this skincare mistake because over-exfoliating can damage your skin barrier.
Your skin barrier serves as a protection for your skin and also prevents it from drying out since it holds moisture. Here are some signs you may notice if you over-exfoliate:
- Excessive dryness
- Irritation + redness
- Hypersensitive skin
- Small bumps
Related Post: The Best Exfoliants for Dry, Sensitive Skin
Make sure you check out the above blog post to get a better understanding of the purpose of it, how you can do it, and the best products to use if you have dry, sensitive skin like I do.
Using Too Many Products
You always hear people say “the more, the better”, but that’s not necessarily true when it comes to skincare. Yes, there are plenty of amazing products to choose from and you want to take care of as many skincare concerns as you can at once. If a product says it can help with everything you’re struggling with, why not add it to your line up? That’s what my mindset used to be until I experienced the worst breakout.
Although I started paying attention to the ingredients in my beauty products, I was still using too many and switching up my routine every day. I had a bunch of dark spots pop up and broke out on my cheeks and along my jawline.
That’s when I finally realized it wasn’t the type of products I was using, it was how many. Your routine doesn’t have to be complicated and there’s no need to constantly switch up your products whenever you wash your face. It’s best to find what works and stick to keeping those products in rotation.
I keep my routine simple and straight to the point and I’ve been using the same products for some time now. Whenever I do want to try something new, I add one product at a time so that I’m able to pinpoint which one caused an issue if I experience irritation.
Using the Wrong Cleanser
It seems like it took me forever to find the right cleanser for my face. The struggle of having dry, sensitive skin is real! This is one step in my routine that I don’t change frequently because looking for a good cleanser that works is difficult.
A lot of people make this skincare mistake because they aren’t using the best cleanser for their skin type. For example, some people with oily skin may use harsh cleansers because they’re trying to get rid of the excessive oil. However, these types of cleansers usually strip the skin of its natural oils which leads to the production of more oil. See where I’m getting at?
When it comes to choosing the right cleanser, you want to take the ingredients and your skin type into consideration. I stay away from any products that contain sulfates, parabens, and any other harmful ingredients. No matter what your skin type is, I recommend finding a gentle cleanser with safe ingredients.
One of my favorites that I’ve been using for some time now is the Whipped Cleanser from Skin & Co. This is one of the best cleansers I’ve used and it always leaves my face fresh, moisturized, and soft. I never have to worry about that squeaky feeling or my face feeling tight and uncomfortable. I highly recommend this cleanser if you haven’t been able to find one yet. Yes, it is a little pricey, but I promise you it’s worth it!
Mhm, look at you. I see you in the mirror eyeing that pimple that just popped up and you’re ready to squeeze it. Stop it, right now! I literally have to tell myself this whenever I notice a breakout on my face. I’ve always been guilty of picking my skin and popping pimples, therefore, it caused a lot of issues I dealt with in the past.
It can be difficult to resist the urge to pop them, however, it’s best to leave them alone. Popping a pimple can lead to more breakouts and it’ll also leave dark spots behind which are hard to get rid of. It took me a long time to get rid of hyperpigmentation that came from messing with acne.
You Sleep With Makeup On
I know sis. Sometimes you don’t have the energy to go to the bathroom and take your makeup off. However, this is another skincare mistake that could be causing a setback in your routine. I recommend double cleansing to ensure you get rid of all traces of makeup and dirt from your day. I was introduced to double cleansing last year and it has been a game-changer. My skin always feels refreshed and clean whenever I finish this step.
When you double cleanse, you want to use an oil cleanser or balm first, then you follow up with your water-based cleanser. My favorite oil to use is the Lavender & Myrrh Cleansing Facial Oil from Be Well Company. This does a great job at loosening up any dirt and makeup on my skin and my Whipped Cleanser takes care of the rest.
I also recommend these Fresh Face Makeup Remover Towels I ordered from QVC. These can be used as the first step in your routine when you want to remove your makeup. I love using these to gently remove as much makeup as I can before using my cleansers. Ever since I started using these, I haven’t had an issue with anything being left behind on my skin.
Keep these skincare mistakes in mind and avoid making them in your routine. It’s possible to achieve healthy, clear skin with consistency and keeping your routine simple. Don’t let skincare become a hassle in your everyday routine because it doesn’t have to be difficult!
Check out my other posts on skincare to learn more about taking care of your skin and good-quality products to add to your regimen HERE.