You’ve probably been inundated with lots of advice about skin care over the course of your life. It’s important to remember, however, that although well-meant, everyone has their own personal course to achieve the right skin for them, and that their journey might not necessarily be right for you. That doesn’t mean there aren’t some rules for you to follow no matter your skin type. This is why we’ve put together this list of what you should, and shouldn’t be doing to your skin.
- Cleanse every day – This should go without saying, but even better than putting beneficial things on your skin is keeping detrimental things off your skin! Cleansing is the basis of all good skin care, because putting on even the most expensive, luxurious cream won’t do anything if dirt and grime are blocking the cream from actually touching you.
- Remember to exfoliate – Although this is a key component to healthy, vibrant skin, we say this with an ounce of caution. Too much exfoliation is not a good thing. You have to strike just the right balance between thoroughly deep cleansing your skin and over-doing it, exfoliating enough to reveal new, soft skin, but not too frequently so that your skin becomes sensitive and raw. Use an exfoliating scrub 2-3 times a week, or follow a 14-day at-home exfoliation program. If the latter, allow two weeks before performing it again. If receiving a professional exfoliation treatment, follow the advice of your skin care professional for how often you should be exfoliating at-home.
- Follow directions – You should fully evaluate a product before deciding it doesn’t work! There is a reason cosmetic companies print all those directions on the box. If a serum says to use until the bottle is empty, use it until the bottle is empty! They want you to use the product that way for best results, and your skin will thank you for following directions.
- Stay educated – No matter your skin type or concerns, staying educated on your skin and the latest skin care technology can never be a bad thing. Read beauty blogs and try different ingredients every now and then after researching them, you may be pleasantly surprised by what’s new out there or what you learn about your skin.
- Visit an esthetician – Booking a spa visit is a wise choice for anyone. You will have a skin care expert looking at your skin, performing a deep cleansing and then recommending professional product tailored to your concerns. Does it get any better than that? It does if you give friends or family gift cards for spa visits, because remember, it’s better to give than receive (though receiving a facial is pretty amazing)!
- Needlessly expose your skin – Be sure to use an SPF cream before you leave the house. Needless exposure to the sun speeds up the aging process and increases the chance of severe skin damage. Does anyone really want that? We don’t think so, so make sure you’re protected.
- Give uncertain skin care advice – There are a lot of beauty myths floating around out there. For example, if you have acne you shouldn’t wear makeup because it will clog your pores even more, right? Wrong! This is just one piece of “fake news”, so if you’re not an esthetician, don’t play one on TV or anywhere else.
- Share skin care products – People have a hard enough time keeping skincare products fresh and clean. Your friend may not realize that her hands aren’t that clean and by sticking her fingers in a jar of cream, she’s turned your lovely 3 oz. hand cream into a 3 oz. bacteria culture growth chamber. Doesn’t that sound lovely?
- Do DIY skin care – It may sound fun to mix things in your kitchen to make yourself a skin care product, but think twice. Cosmetic formulas are created by trained chemists who know how to properly balance a product so it doesn’t fall apart, separate, or go bad quickly. In addition, cosmetics are made in sterilized, contamination-free labs, so unlike your DIY scrub, they won’t become loaded with bacteria. Leave it to the pros and your skin will see the results.
- Give up – If your skin is dry but your hydrating cream isn’t working, don’t throw in the towel and assume skin care isn’t for you. Persistence with your skin problems, such as scheduling facials when going through a particularly rough period, is the right way to go. Sticking to a skin care routine is definitely one of the most difficult parts of skin care, but we’ve had many people who push through and keep using their products until they are empty and notice stunning outcomes. Keep striving and you can realize your dream skin results!
*This blog is for informational purposes only and is not intended as medical advice, treatment or diagnosis. Always seek the advice of your doctor or health provider with any questions or concerns you may have about a medical condition.