Let’s be real – skin care can be both exciting and completely overwhelming. With so many products out there, it can be difficult to know how to incorporate them into our skin care routine. If we don’t use them properly, we might do more harm than help to our skin --- from sun damage to that nasty, red irritation or to new breakouts that just don’t want to go away. It’s great to try and discover new products, but without properly using them, they might not work as brilliantly as intended, or worse --- we might irritate our skin. That’s why today, we focus on the most common mistakes that people make when jumping into the skin care bandwagon.
THE 3 MOST FUNDAMENTAL STEPS OF A ROUTINE
But before anything, we need to know the basics of a skin care routine. The most basic of routines should include 3 key steps: (1) cleanse, (2) moisturize, and (3) sunscreen. These are the non-negotiables. Covering these key steps is the least you can do to make your skin happy. During the night, there’s no need to use sunscreen, but it would be important to do a double cleanse so that we could get all of that makeup and sunscreen completely off our faces!
An oil cleanser would make a great first cleanse. One example is the Femmue Extraordinary Beauty Cleansing Balm --- you'll be obsessed with this innovative cleanser that changes from jelly to oil to milk to deeply cleanse away impurities, pollutants, and tough-to-remove makeup. It completely and instantly dissolves impurities to reveal softer skin.
Another amazing option is the Femmue Brilliant Cleansing Oil, which is powerfully blended with luxurious, soothing essential oil such as the antioxidant-rich camellia seed oil, olive oil, rosehip oil, and botanical seed oils, all of which hydrate skin while gently cleansing tough-to-remove dirt and residue. This oil turns into a milky emulsion that gently washes away heavy make-up, dirt, grime, and other impurities.
While any skin type can use an oil cleanser, some people would prefer a classic makeup remover to remove all that grime off your face. It doesn’t matter what type of cleanser you use; at the end of the day, it all boils down to preference. A great makeup remover is the Evidens Makeup Remover Milk. A delicate-textured, superfine and milky emulsion with a subtle fragrance, it effectively removes make-up and impurities, while soothing and softening skin, restoring comfort and a sensation of freshness. It is formulated with Camellia Sinensis extract for its soothing and hydrating action and Olive oil, which provides protection and moisture-replenishment. The remover milk is suitable for women of all ages and skin types, even the most sensitive.
YOUR CRITICAL SKIN CARE STEP-UP: VITAMIN C
Now that we know the basics, what else can we do to make our skin happy? Well, adding a product full of active ingredients, like a toner, essence, serum or booster, would help to target specific concerns.
In particular, an ingredient that everyone would be able to benefit from is vitamin C. Want that radiant, glowing skin for #skingoals? Vitamin C is a powerful antioxidant that helps to brighten the skin and promote collagen production. It also targets dark spots and aids in getting rid of acne scars.
An amazing vitamin C product is the 111 Skin Vitamin C Brightening Booster, which targets signs of hyperpigmentation, age spots, and uneven skin tone, while reducing and preventing discoloration. It combines pure vitamin C with glutathione and liquorice root to boost the brightening and antioxidant effects. It is also formulated with Citric Acid, which helps to drive the ingredients deeper in the skin, without the irritation.
TOP 5 MISTAKES
But aside from covering the bases with these essential steps and ingredients, watch out for these top mistakes that could irritate your skin or make your routine ineffective!
- Not patch testing products (for those with extremely sensitive skin)
For those with extremely sensitive skin, it is important to patch test products first before applying them to the rest of your face. Testing new products on the side of your neck would be ideal because the skin there is thicker and typically more reactive. If there is no reaction when using it on your neck, then you may be confident in using the product on your face.
- Not introducing products slowly
We understand the feeling of being excited to try out every single product from our beauty hauls immediately, but while this may be tempting, it is not ideal. The best way to introduce new products into a skin care routine would be to introduce them one at a time, typically waiting 5 days in between new products. It is important to give your skin some time to be acquainted with the new ingredients so as to not damage your skin barrier. Aside from this, if your skin reacts towards a certain ingredient, it would be easier to narrow down which product caused it.
- Using exfoliating products every single day
Certain products are not made to be used every single day. The biggest mistake that people make would be over-exfoliating their skin. Exfoliating toners, essences, and the like should only be used 2-3 times a week at most. Over-doing the exfoliation may cause damage to your skin barrier and thus make your skin more sensitive and reactive.
- Not layering products properly
Let’s be real, the order in which products should be layered is VERY confusing. What goes first – toners, essences, serums, or moisturizers? Well, there’s one rule of thumb that makes this dilemma easy to solve: apply your products from thinnest to thickest. Toners are generally the thinnest, followed by essences, serums, and lastly, moisturizers. Layering your products in this order will make it easier for your products to penetrate into your skin, thus making it the most effective!
- Not using a sunscreen
When it comes to skin care, the sun is not our friend. It emits both UVA and UVB rays, which respectively contribute towards photoaging and burns. At the end of the day, it all boils down to this – any products that you applied during the day are useless if you are just going to get sun damage! This is why the best thing that you can do for your skin in the long run is to apply a sunscreen daily. Your skin will definitely thank you! An amazing sunscreen is the Dr. Barbara Sturm Sun Drops. This innovative light-textured sun serum that doubles as skincare provides a truly broad-spectrum SPF 50 protection against both UVA and UVB rays. Furthermore, it contains an active complex of cassia extract, vitamin E and beta-glucan, which provide further protection and promote the regeneration of damaged cell structures.
We hope that we were able to help you, BFFs! Let’s do our best to make our skin happy and healthy in our skin care journey.
Article by Andi Panaguiton