10 Skincare Mistakes You’re Making Without Realizing It

A cleanser that is too harsh or inappropriate for your skin type can deplete your skin of its natural oils, causing dryness and irritation.

1. Using the Wrong Cleanser

While exfoliation removes dead skin cells, excessive use can harm the skin's protective barrier.

2. Over-Exfoliating

Even on cloudy days, UV rays can cause premature aging and increase the risk of developing skin cancer. Always apply sunscreen, regardless of the weather.

3. Skipping Sunscreen

Skincare products have a shelf life, and using them after their expiration date can reduce their efficacy and even irritate the skin.

4. Using Expired Products

Leaving makeup on overnight causes clogged pores and acne. Always remove cosmetics before going to bed to allow your skin to breathe and heal.

5. Sleeping with Makeup On

Ignoring your neck and décolletage in favor of your face can result in uneven skin tone and premature aging in these areas.

6. Ignoring Your Neck

The order in which hygiene products are applied is important. To ensure appropriate absorption, generally apply products from thinnest to thickest.

7. Applying Products in the Wrong Order

Rubbing products into the skin can lead to irritation and eventually creases. Instead, gently pat products into your epidermis.

8. Rubbing Instead of Patting

Changes in your epidermis may indicate underlying health problems. Consult a dermatologist rather than attempting to self-diagnose and treat any unusual changes.

9. Ignoring Skin Changes

Concentrate on a few essential products that address your particular concerns, and give them time to function.

10. Overloading on Products

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