As I start my skincare series I thought it was important to first discuss the many common bad skin care habits to stop now. I have to say, I was guilty of many of these skin care habits. It wasn’t until I started researching dermatologists recommendations on skin care did I realize how poorly I was treating my skin.
Bad Skin Care Habits to Stop Now
This one hit me hard. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not the queen of washing my face everyday. And when I do manage to wash my face I rarely remember to tone. On the off chance that I remember, witch hazel is my go to product. Turns out this whole time I’ve been going against tons of dermatologists recommendations.
While most witch hazel products can help acne prone skin, due to its inflammatory abilities from to its high levels of tannins, it can be irritating and drying. Witch hazel can also easily combat oils, aiding in acne prone skin. However, the drying effect of the witch hazel often causes your skin to produce more oil, which can lead to worsened acne. Additionally, most witch hazels are distilled using alcohol, and contain Eugenol oil, a known skin irritant. The long term combination of these key ingredients can have negative effects in your skin’s health.
Skip the Witch Hazel, and use dermatologists recommended toners instead.
Pore strips are just plain and simple awful for your skin. They literally rip gunk out of your face. Can you imagine the breakage occurring every time you use one of those strips?
The adhesive on the strips often leave your skin dry and irritated upon removal. Often your skin will react by producing more oil, leaving your skin acne prone and irritable. Additionally, while these strips successfully remove the top layer of “gunk” of blackheads, they also remove healthy skin cells. The stripping of your healthy cells can leave your skin raw and susceptible to more bacteria entering the pores. Lastly, if you use a pore strip while your pores are already damaged, you can create acne scars.
Pore strips have got to go from your skincare routine, and they are without a doubt a skin care habit to avoid.
Cleansing too Often
How does that saying go, too much of good thing can be a bad thing? Well even in cleansing your face that remains true. Over washing your face can lead to dry, and irritated skin susceptible to increased oil production and increased acne vulnerability. Best to avoid washing your face more than twice a day, and after sweating excessively.
When it comes to cleansing, gentle cleansers are a must. Your skin is constantly being bombarded by free radical particles, atmospheric pressure, UVA damage and pollutants in the air. It does not need the added stress of harsh cleansing. Skip the beads in your cleanser dragging across your face, damaging your healthy skin cells, or harsh chemicals and opt for a gentler wash instead.
Exfoliating more than 2-3x a week
Exfoliating every day is a big no. If you have an inconsistent skin care routine, this is a skin care habit you have to avoid. If you have normal/combination skin you should exfoliate no more than 2-3x a week. Whereas, if you have sensitive skin, consider exfoliating once a week.
Your skin removes dead skin cells on it own. If you add to that by doing it everyday, you can actually be thinning your skin by excessively removing healthy skin cells on your top layer, allowing your skin to be more prone to visible aging and damage. Also, constantly stripping your skin of its natural oils can increase acne and slow the natural cell turnover of your skin.
Using harsh exfoliants
Similarly to cleansing, the exfoliant you use in your skin care is crucial. You’ll want to ideally use an exfoliant that acts in both a physical and chemical manner, while calming your skin.
Look for exfoliants that gently remove dead skin debris, but also break down dead skin cells from your pores using enzymes. All while incorporating calming and hydrating ingredients to soothe your skin. I am definitely guilty of using exfoliants that are all the abrasive scrub, such as coffee scrubs, and none of the gentle or chemical that I needed. Using abrasive exfoliants is a skin care habit I will be avoiding going forward.
Trying too many products at the same time
Too many things at the same time can be great if it’s pizza toppings, but definitely not ideal on your skin. Simple, is usually always the best case scenario. Pumping your body full of new chemicals all at the same time is never a good idea.
Instead, only incorporate two new products into your skincare routine at a time. This will allow you to easily identify if a certain product is reacting poorly with another product, your skin, or not at all.
Many dermatologists recommend spacing out introductions of two new products with at least one week from each other.
Not giving it time
Skin care, like anything else, takes effort and patience. In order to truly see results, or lack of results, dermatologists recommend using a product consistently for 1-2 months .
Mario Badescu Facial Spray
This might be a controversial one but stay with me. For starters, in 2013 they settled a class action lawsuit because they included steroids in some of their ‘all natural’ botanical products without disclosing it. After quietly re-formulating their products, havoc wreaked on users skin as they went through topical steroid withdrawals – unknowingly.
Often, when tested many of their products that claim to contain active ingredients such as AHAs or BHAs etc, come up empty. All in all, the brand seems problematic, focused on margins and disloyal to its customers.
Regardless, the Facial Spray is a cult favorite of magazines and retail giants alike, knowingly or unknowingly recommending low quality products to consumers. Just a few google searches will show you the endless reviews of irritated, and dry skin.
If you look at the ingredient list for their rose water spray, roses don’t make the top 5 list…highly suspicious if you ask me. Rather the facial sprays are riddled with chemicals. If you’re looking for rose-water spray, there should be two ingredients, period. Roses, and water.
Just do yourself a favor, especially if you have sensitive skin, and quit the harmful cult products.
Bad Skin Care Habits to Stop Now
There you go folks, common Skin Care Habits to stop now. I’m sure we’re all guilty of some, but now you can start the process of treating your skin better.