Have you ever wondered why you are not getting the results that you’d hoped for after buying new products or religiously sticking to your skincare regime? Funnily enough, it might be as easy as revamping your routine. Health and beauty expert Fiona Tuck, MD of Skinstitut Australia, and author of the Myth Minx gives her top 6 of the most common beauty mistakes that may be standing in the way of your skincare goals.
1. “I just feel so used”
Using the wrong products. It may sounds like I’m stating the obvious, but so many people are oblivious to what is actually suitable for their skin, skincare-wise. As a consequence, it can be very easy to misdiagnose skin conditions and subsequently use the incorrect products for a particular skin type. For example: Problem – Purple marks in the skin that are left behind after breakouts can often be a sign of poor wound healing and a lack of nutrients in the diet such as zinc. Product – Often skin lightening products may be used incorrectly to attempt to treat these marks. Which isn’t the correct product. So, it is little wonder that the condition does not improve. Correct diagnosis and recommendation is therefore essential to effectively treat the skin.
2. “Over before it’s begun”
Giving up too quickly on a new skincare regime It can take anywhere between 4-12 weeks (sometimes more) to see a dramatic improvement in skin health. In the cases of conditions such as acne, premature aging it can often take weeks to see a marked improvement; and the skin can even get worse before it improves as the unhealthy skin cells come to the surface. Dryness, flakiness and breakouts can often be interpreted incorrectly as a skin reaction to the products. It may in fact be a sign that the skin is improving. Cosmedical ingredients are designed to change and improve the way the skin functions, not hide it therefore it doesn’t happen overnight! Patience is the answer.
3. “Too much, too soon”
Too much of anything is never a good thing! Have you heard the saying, “Too much of anything is never a good thing”? Just as overdosing on prescription medication can be detrimental to health, the same can be said for overusing cosmedical skincare ingredients! Cosmedical ingredients to treat the skin need to be used sparingly to ensure only therapeutic levels are being used. Over zealous application of active ingredients can “overdose” the skin that then results in redness, stinging and irritation.
NOTE: If this occurs stop using the products until the irritation subsides, then slowly reintroduce using the recommended prescription dosage.
4. “You’re overdoing it”
Over-exfoliating? Gentle regular exfoliation can assist with skin clarity, brightness, smoothness and radiance. However, different skin conditions require differing types and amounts of exfoliation. Too much exfoliation on a fine or sensitive skin can impair the natural protective barrier of the skin resulting in tightness, sensitivity and possible breakouts! When in doubt, less is best.
5. “Natural beauty”
Natural is best. There is so much scaremongering on skincare ingredients within the beauty industry, that quite often, the general consumer is led to believe that only natural ingredients are good for the skin. This simply is not true! In fact some natural ingredients can be detrimental to the skin. Skincare ingredient results largely depend on the quality of ingredients used, the therapeutic threshold of percentage ingredient used, delivery systems for the penetration of active ingredients and the base formula. To simply look at a label and decide if a product is good or bad is ludicrous.
6. “What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger”
Stronger is better Strength of ingredients does equate to results. Ingredients work best and treat different conditions at different therapeutic levels and pHs. Just because a vitamin is used in a higher percentage does not make it more effective in fact a 20 per cent vitamin serum may be less effective than a stabilised 10 per cent vitamin C serum. Remember it all depends on the quality and stabilisation of the ingredients used. A 30% chemical peel may be more active than a 50 per cent chemical peel if it has a much lower pH. Do not be deceived by the %!
So there you have it! Now the next time you find yourself looking in the mirror, then back to your skincare routine or products and thinking, ‘Where am I going wrong?’ remember these tips and hopefully you’ll be on your way to avoiding the most common beauty mistakes that stand in the way of your dream skin.