Following a skincare routine is the best way to keep your skin looking healthy and happy. A solid regimen should aim to cleanse dirt and pollution off your face, provide moisturization, target problem spots and protect from UV rays. However, if you haven’t been seeing the results you expected or if your skin looks worse than when you started, chances are there are some mistakes you’re making. To help, the board-certified dermatologists and physician assistants at Dermatology Associates of Atlanta have compiled three mistakes we commonly see people make when it comes to taking care of their skin.
1. Not Understanding What Skin Type You Have
Everyone’s skin is unique and a routine that works perfectly for someone else may not be effective for you. Skin can be dry, oily, sensitive, acne-prone, showing signs of aging or a combination of these qualities. Additionally, people with skin conditions such as rosacea or psoriasis have an even more challenging time caring for their skin.
One of the first steps you can take to improve your routine is to figure out exactly what type of skin you have. You may get a close approximation through online research and your own analysis of your skin, but it is highly recommended that you seek advice from an experienced dermatologist when determining your unique, individual needs.
If you are already confident that you know your skin type, the next step to take to improve your routine is to read the labels and ingredients on your skincare products and find out if they are designed for your skin type or not. Be wary of products that are advertised for “all skin types” because there are always exceptions.
2. Using Too Many Skincare Products
Another common mistake is that some people equate using more skincare products to having better skin. However, the opposite is true. If you use a lot of different products, your skin can become overwhelmed and the ingredients in each product may clash with each other. Additionally, if you are constantly introducing new products to your routine, your skin won’t be able to adjust properly which can lead to more irritation and problem spots.
There are three basics every skincare routine should have: a cleanser, a moisturizer and a sunscreen. Then, depending on your individualized needs, new products can be added to target problem areas you may be facing. When it comes to skincare, less is always more and it’s important to understand how each product is benefiting your skin.
3. Not Being Consistent
Consistency can make or break the results of your skincare routine. You can have all the right products, but if you don’t use them exactly as directed you may be hindering your results. For example, if you don’t cleanse your skin daily before bed, there will be a build-up of bacteria and dirt on your face while you sleep. This can lead to more problems that will take longer to fix. Another mistake might be applying a deep cleansing face mask daily. Facial masks should be used sparingly and not every day. This can lead to your skin becoming dried out and more problematic.
The best thing you can do is stick to a solid regimen and practice it daily. Think of skincare as a hygienic necessity in the same way that you always brush your teeth or shower regularly. If you’re having trouble remembering what products to use and when, writing down your plan on a sticky note and leaving it in your bathroom can be a helpful reminder.
At the end of the day, skincare takes time. You shouldn’t expect to see results overnight, but rather gradually over the course of a few months. However, it is always recommended that you meet with a board-certified dermatologist or specialized physician assistant to figure out the best treatment plan for your skin. If you’re interested in learning more about your skincare options, contact Dermatology Associates of Atlanta today to schedule a consultation. Additionally, follow us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter for more information and updates.