Let’s Face Facts: Top 5 Skincare MistakesPosted on 13/10/2020
[By It’s Thy Time]
Do you ever wonder why your skincare products are not working as well as you want them to? Or have you spent hundreds or even thousands of dollars to just receive mediocre results? We all have experienced it one way or another. Skincare may be different for everyone but there are some fundamental principles that everyone needs to know to achieve the best results possible or to avoid wastage from “failed” products. We list the Top 5 Skincare Mistakes which might just be the saviour you needed all this time!
Mistake #1: “Not Applying skincare right after a shower!”
This might not be obvious but it makes complete sense! Even though we are in the presence of water, this does not necessarily mean our skin is getting hydrated (especially for the long term). Have you ever noticed your skin becomes drier than usual after 20-30 minutes being out of the shower? There is a simple explanation. The heat coming from the water is evaporating the moisture out of your skin. This significantly decreases your moisture levels leaving you with flaky, desert-sand skin.
To combat this, leave your favourite hydrating toner and mist in the bathroom cabinet so you can easily access it right after a shower. Pat your skin slightly dry and immediately give it a quick spritz of a facial mist. Let it slightly settle and dampen the skin before applying a few layers of your hydrating toner that has a higher viscosity (the thickness of fluids). We suggest using the Benton Deep Green Tea Toner or the Dear Klairs Supple Preparation Toner. Both are great for all skin types and can be used to prepare your skin for the day. Afterwards, you can complete the rest of your skincare routine.
Mistakes #2: “Applying Hyaluronic Acid to Dry Skin”
Hyaluronic Acid is one of the most misused ingredients in the skincare world! We hear about its amazing effects to restore and maintain hydration levels while giving you the plump skin that you deserve, like no other ingredient would! In the beginning stages of using hyaluronic acid, you may experience some benefits, such as the enhancement of the effectiveness of moisturisers and more hydrated skin. However, later on, you may notice inconsistent or ineffective results depending on the condition of your skin on the day you apply it.
The simplest and easiest thing you can do before applying hyaluronic acid (whether as a serum, toner, an ampoule, or moisturiser) is to dampen your skin. Try the following before applying the magical ingredient:
- Quickly spritz a facial mist and let it settle for a minute to get damp skin.
- If you are starting your day and want to minimise the skincare steps in the morning, you can apply it straight after your usual toner as well.
Do whatever works for you – just do not apply it on completely dry skin!
Mistake #3: “Not moisturising the skin after masking or exfoliating”
We have all done this, and there is no shame in it. But it is on you to learn from your mistakes. After cleansing the skin and once you have finished with your masking/exfoliating, it is so important to hydrate your skin. Most exfoliants/masks deliver amazing active ingredients that work to repair the skin with precision and effectiveness. Hence, to seal in these good ingredients, moisturising the skin is the way to go! It locks in the active ingredients while also restoring any moisture loss from the process.
This helps your skin to not only look flawless and clean but also to maintain the plumpness and radiance without doing much! It does not matter which moisturiser you use. It only matters that you apply one right after you mask/exfoliate.
Mistake #4: “Not knowing the difference between purging and breaking out”
Purging is the process of your skin reacting to an active ingredient that it is not used to. To balance or counteract the introduction of the active ingredient, you would notice little red bumps (which appear pimple-like) pop up on your skin. They often show on areas where you normally have pimples, such as your T-zone or cheeks.
These active ingredients are working at the skin by increasing the skin cell turnover. Thus, your skin is shedding dead cells at a sudden and increased rate – which it is not used to. Hence, your skin starts to purge. After a month of use, you’ll notice the pimple-like bumps disappear; revealing a clean, flawless and fresh new layer of skin after all the hard work!
Here are some ingredients to expect some purging to happen on your skin:
- Salicylic Acid
- Lactic Acid
- Vitamin C
- Glycolic Acid
And this is just to name a few.
Due to the long and ugly process to achieve this new amazing skin, a lot of people believe the product is breaking them out and believe it is not for them! Three good indicators that you can use to tell the difference if you are purging or not are if:
- You are getting red bumps in areas where you don’t normally get pimples.
- Your skin is stinging after continual use.
- After a month, you still have red bumps and your skin is getting progressively worse – most likely you are breaking out.
If you want to know more about the differences between purging or breaking out – head to our blog post “Korean Beauty Tips on Purging or Acne Breakout” to find out more!
Mistake #5: “Mixing up incompatible ingredients”
This is a common skincare mistake that most beginners make. Due to the lack of research or quick eagerness to use a product, some people may introduce a new product into their skincare routine without considering the other ingredients that they are currently using. This can cause detrimental adverse effects on your skin and may even cause a series of skincare concerns along the way.
Here is a quick list of ingredients that we do not recommend using together in the same routine as it may cause irritation or reactions (starting with the most common one):
- Vitamin C + AHAs/BHAs
- Vitamin C + Retinol
- Glycolic Acid + Salicylic Acid
- Retinol + AHAs/BHAs
- Retinol + Benzoyl Peroxide
- Two Products with the Same Actives
To make sure you do not mix any unwanted ingredients, make a routine list of what products or ingredients you want to use on alternate days and follow that routine. You may switch in or out products but always make sure you keep in mind what you are replacing.
For some of these actives such as Vitamin C + AHAs/BHAs and Glycolic Acid + Salicylic Acid, if you do want to use them on the same day, we recommend using one active in your AM routine and the other in your PM routine.
These actives are amazing at what they do and you should not fear using them – just be cautious!
With all your comments and questions, we were able to compile these top 5 skincare mistakes. We hope bringing light to these mistakes will help our wider community on their skincare journey.
Please do continue to comment or share your experiences with us, so we can help you and help others as well.
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