Is Your Morning Routine Sabotaging Your Skin?

Woman touching her skin

If you think you have your morning skin care routine perfected, you may be surprised to learn that there are some small mistakes you may be making that end up sabotaging your skin. Below are some of the most common skin care routine mistakes that many women make without even realizing they aren’t caring for their skin effectively.

Cleansing Sensitive Skin Too Much
If you have sensitive skin, over-cleansing it will lead to further irritation, redness and inflammation. One way to help you determine whether you are cleansing your skin too much is to examine it after your morning cleanse. If your skin appears red and blotchy, it could be an indication that you are cleansing too frequently. To combat this problem, simply use a cotton pad soaked in micellar water to wipe away dirt, bacteria or dead skin cells that may have accumulated while you slept.

Woman using a washcloth

Using a Dirty Washcloth
Kelly A. Reynolds, Ph. D. and an environmental health science professor at the University of Arizona explains, “washcloths typically become soaked and heavily soiled during use. When used to scrub soils, skin or makeup, dead skin cells can rapidly accumulate. Being wet and not just damp means there is a longer dry time. This lengthy condition of moisture creates the perfect environment for bacteria and mold to grow to unacceptable levels.” Fix this by either ditching the washcloth completely or by using a new, clean washcloth every time you use it.

Washing the Wrong Way
Facial cleanser, water, your hands…there’s really no science to face washing, right? Isabelle Bellis, a New York City epidemiologist and facialist disagrees. She says that using the proper cleansing motion increases circulation to your skin. So how do you wash the right way? You should “glide your fingertips, covered with cleanser, up your nose, over your forehead, around the eyes and down the cheeks until you reach your chin.”

Mixing Too Many Ingredients
With all of the miraculous skin care ingredients, it’s easy to go a bit overboard and buy products with incredible active ingredients. However, the result of using all of these products at one time can be that you irritate your face leading to redness, inflammation and peeling. Stick to basic products that are gentle on your skin and when you do introduce new products into your lineup, do so by adding one at a time. Adding only one thing at a time helps you determine if that particular product is working for you and decreases the likelihood of irritation. You should also give your skin a full minute to absorb a product before layering more to minimize ingredient interactions.

Woman applying hand cream.

Layering Incorrectly
Speaking of layering, there is a correct way to do so and failing to follow the proper order can severely decrease or completely negate the effectiveness of some of your products. Here is the right order to achieve maximum results from products:

  • Cleanse
  • Tone (if you use a toner)
  • Apply serum – wait one minute
  • Apply sunscreen – wait one minute
  • Apply moisturizer – wait one minute
  • Apply eye cream

Letting Too Much Time Pass Between Cleansing and Using Other Products
Your morning is busy and often you end up multitasking to do everything that needs to be done. The problem with this is that if you cleanse your face then go off to do something else for a bit before returning to skin care, your skin won’t be able to absorb the products you put on later. The best way to care for your skin in the morning is to cleanse and apply products as soon as possible while your skin is still damp and your pores are open.

Your morning skin care routine does not have to be totally elaborate or fancy in order to be effective, just be sure that you are using the proper tools and techniques to get the job done. Avoid these frequent mistakes to ensure that your morning routine isn’t sabotaging your skin.

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