The worst things you can do for your skin.
22nd July 2015
We’re constantly being bombarded by skincare advice, being told what the best is, but very rarely are we told what the worst is. So we’ve compiled a list of what to avoid at all costs to keep your skin looking its best.
There are lots of sites out there who advise you to use their exfoliants on a daily basis, but this is far too often. Exfoliating every day could potentially damage your skin, as it removes the protective oily barrier, as well as causing dryness, as moisture will seep out of the cells. Even if you have oily skin, you need to exfoliate three to four times a week maximum.
Skin should feel tight after washing
If your skin does feel tight after washing, you’re probably doing something wrong. Top causes can include using a cleanser that is too harsh. Harsh detergents can increase the appearance of fine lines by getting rid of the natural oils found in skin. Removing these oils can also cause breakouts, as oil production increases to compensate for the lack of moisture. Look for creamy cleansers with hydrators like glycerin, as these remove makeup, but still keep the skin hydrated.
You should use lots of different products daily.
If your dressing table (or beauty shelf) consists of too many products – toners, moisturisers, scrubs, retinols, cleansers, creams, etc – then maybe you need to just use one at a time. Not only is applying all these products excessive and time-consuming, but it can irritate your skin.
According to Debra Luftman, a dermatologist, “You only need a cleanser, daily sunscreen, and a treatment-oriented product – like a moisturiser, acne treatment, or anti-aging product.” You should keep only the products you need in plain sight. If you find yourself tempted by a new mask or cream, keep it hidden so you’re not tempted to use it.
CrEams are a cure all
They’re not. You need to think about other lifestyle factors that may be affecting your skin too; such as sleep and water, both of which are essential for skin health. Not getting enough water can leave your skin dry and dull, so always make sure you drink lots of water every day.
Sleep is also incredibly essential, as it is so important for skin replenishment and turnover. Keep your skin looking its best by aiming to get the recommended 8 hours of sleep each night.
Use a multitasking product
There are multiple products on the market these days that claim to be able to do too much. When a single product claims it can give you clearer skin, fewer wrinkles and smaller pores, why would you not want to buy it? But in reality, it’s very likely that the product will not actually contain enough of the active ingredient to combat everything it says it can – and if it does, it’s undoubtedly very harsh on the skin. If you’re wondering about what you can use, check your ingredients label. Anything after the first three ingredients isn’t doing much. Instead, Dr Luftman advises you should stick to products that target one issue, but target it very well.
If you are worried about what you’re doing to your skin, or want to discuss any of the topics covered here, our expert dermatologists are always available for a free consultation.