5 Skincare Mistakes You're Making (And How To Fix Them)

Ever realised that you’ve been applying your skincare all wrong? While there are a number of ways to apply your toner, moisturiser, and serum – sometimes it’s best to just take a step back and really listen to your skin and what it needs.

Here are just a few common skincare mistakes most women are making, and how to easily fix them.

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Mistake #1: Nightly routine

Between moisturisers, serums, and even eye creams, it feels like there’s so much variety out there and not enough structure. If you really want your skin to benefit from all the products you’re investing into, it’s time to structure your skincare routine. Although we have previously made a post about this, there is a simple way to layer your skincare so you can receive the benefits of each product.

Start with freshly cleansed skin, making sure that all of your makeup has been carefully washed off your face, eyes, and neck. Apply a nourishing night serum, wait for it to sink into the skin (this could take up to 10 minutes), then apply an eye serum, and follow this with a deeply nourishing moisturiser. The serum helps to prep the skin for all of the other products – somewhat like a primer!

Mistake #2: Exfoliating

Over-exfoliating the skin can cause irreversible damage, especially to the delicate under-eye area which is the first place to show visible signs of premature ageing. Using an exfoliator with micro-beads is definitely a no-no, since you’re essentially scraping them across the surface of your skin and rubbing off the protective layer.

To keep this to a minimum, only exfoliate once or twice a week, and use a gentle formula to carefully remove the layers of dead skin from your face. Afterwards, lock in the moisture by using a hydrating cream all over your face.

Mistake #3: Sleeping with makeup

Say it isn’t so! Many women are guilty of this mistake, especially after a night out when sleep seems to be the only agenda. Always find the time to remove your makeup – think about your pores! The makeup is trapped under your skin, and can cause increased acne, clogged pores and oil glands.

Don’t make this a habit, and remove your makeup with a micellar water which is simple and doesn’t require a cleanser – use a masque the next day to lock-in the moisture you’ve lost.

Mistake #4: Face wipes

Sometimes face wipes are just the easiest way to remove all of the makeup from your face, right? Wrong! Not only do face wipes scratch the surface of the skin, they’re also super-abrasive and can cause future breakouts. They irritate the skin because of the constant tugging back and forth to remove makeup from difficult places such as the eyes and neck.

Use a mild cleanser to remove excess makeup from problem areas, and don’t rub your eyes! A cotton pad and some eye-makeup remover is the best way to remove your mascara without causing any longterm damage to your skin. Simply dab the cotton pad over your eyes and the makeup will quickly come off.

Mistake #5: Dirty brushes

Keep your brushes clean by using a mild cleaning agent to freshen them up every time you use them. Once every month you should set aside some time and deep-clean your brushes one-by-one. Use olive oil and an anti-bacterial solution to effectively remove all the build-up from your brushes, and keep them stain-free!

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