How we sabotage our skincare

So you’ve acknowledged that it’s time to move from preventative skin care to corrective skincare. Good for you. Many do not make the move until much later than they should. We get it. Admitting that we are aging is never fun. But now that you’re focused, here are some ways you can sabotage your anti-aging skin care routine without even knowing it.


1) Skimping on Sunscreen:


Not using enough sunscreen or forgetting to reapply is as dangerous as not using it at all. Prolonged exposure to UVA rays causes fine lines and wrinkles, hyperpigmentation (brown spots) and will make your skin look dry, dull and aged.


2) Skipping the Anti-oxidant:


Anti-Oxidant serums are rich with active ingredients such as Collagen, Silicium, Vitamin C and Hylauronic Acid and Peptides. All of these ingredients work to plump, brighten and firm the skin. They are not to be used in place of a moisturizer and shouldn’t be forgotten or skipped as part of your anti-aging regimen.


3) Forgetting to Wash Before Bed:


Missing this important step may seem OK in the moment but it will cost you in the long run. Your skin needs to breath and repair at night. Cleanse well EVERY night and use your skincare products to help the skin replenish and rejuvenate while you sleep.


4) Choosing a Moisturizer That’s Not Meant for Your Skin Type:


If you are 30 don’t use a product that’s meant for someone 50 and vice versa. Not all products are the same and you will not receive the maximum benefit your products have to offer if they are not meant for the age of your skin. The same goes for oily vs. dry skin products.


5) Picking:


You can may remember Mom telling you to stop picking when you were a kid. Well she was right. Picking your skin whether you have blemishes or not, only makes things worse.  If you do have blemishes that need extracting, let your esthetician do this for you so your skin will not be damaged and your blemishes will heal properly.


6) Turning a Blind Eye to Eye Cream:


Eye cream can do wonders to help plump the skin around the eyes and keep it moisturized so that fine lines and wrinkles can be kept at bay or at least be less noticeable.


7) Failing to Exfoliate


Exfoliating regularly rids the skin of dead cells that make it look dull and tired. Use a product with Vitamin A or a derivative of it and your skin will be brighter and appear more youthful.


8) Ditching a Healthy Diet:


What you eat truly does directly impact on your skin. Choose foods like blueberries to smooth fine lines and wrinkles and spinach for firming.


9) Skimming Product Ingredients:


When you are choosing a skin care product, take the time to really look at the label. Be sure that the active ingredients are among the top 3-5. If they are any lower on the list, they are being diluted by emulsifiers and you will not see promised results.


10) Missing Your Zzzzz’s:


According to Everyday Health, “Increased inflammatory cells in the body lead to an increase in the breakdown of collagen and hyaluronic acid, the molecules that give the skin its glow, bounce, and translucency.”


11) Stressing the Small Stuff:


And the big stuff too. Stress increases cortisol levels which can lead to inflammation and damage skin quality, not to mention the general tired puffiness we get when we don’t sleep enough.


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