Common Skincare Mistakes That Could Easily Be Avoided


Unhealthy skin is often a deeper reflection of what’s going on inside. Though certain conditions are genetic or unavoidable, others are often the result of unhealthy habits and underlying health problems. As your skin plays a major role in how you look and feel, improving your mental and physical well-being comes down to correcting mistakes and making positive change for a more confident you. 

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Just what are some of the mistakes made as they relate to skin care? Below are some of the most common and ways to avoid them going forward:

 Not Drinking Enough Water

Hydration is key to keeping your skin clean and moisturized from the inside out. Failure to drink enough water dries out the skin, speeds up signs of aging, and causes toxins to build up in the pores causing breakouts and rashes. 

The solution is an easy one – drink more water. Though not anyone’s favorite beverage, it is a necessity to your health. Start with a glass with each meal and keep increasing your daily water intake until you’re drinking at least half your body weight in ounces each day. You can add ice, flavoring, and fruit to your water to make it more appetizing if necessary. 

Not Having a Skincare Routine

You’d be surprised to know how many people splash some water on their face, pat it dry, and walk out the door. Yet, your skin is constantly exposed to pollutants, chemicals, and toxins that, if not properly removed, can cause problems. 

Your skincare routine does not have to be overly involved. Simply washing your face daily with an appropriate cleanser or mild soap and water, exfoliating weekly to remove dead skin cells and other debris, and moisturizing with a lotion or face cream makes a world of difference. Doing this at least twice a day will warrant positive results. 

However, it is very important to avoid products that contain chemicals and artificial ingredients. Since if used on a daily basis, they will worsen rather than improve your skin’s condition. That is why it is very important to read the labels before buying a product (whether it’s a soap bar, an ethical moisturizer or a face cream or all of the above),  and look for ingredients that are both natural and safe, such as quinoa, lavender or goat milk,

 which can help soothe your skin and give it a natural glow due to their powerful antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties. These properties can be found in perfect quantities especially in goat milk, and the products such as goat milk bar soap, goat milk skincare lotion, or goat milk hand cream will nourish your skin from within and give it a natural glow.

Not Visiting the Dermatologist

Dermatologists are medical experts with specialized training and education in skin care. Their services include the prevention and treatment of common skin problems from acne to wrinkles. Unfortunately, not too many people frequent this expert. Failure to get screened regularly, however, could result in something preventable transpiring including skin cancer among other conditions. 

It is recommended that everyone see experts like those at Metropolitan Dermatology at least once a year for evaluation, screenings, tests, advice, and treatment, if necessary. 

Not Reviewing Ingredients

The skincare market is undoubtedly huge with thousands of products to choose from. However, not all products are created equally. People often purchase items that are trending or that are recommended by others. The only problem is everyone’s skin is unique and what works for others may not be what’s best for you. Not to mention, some skincare products contain ingredients with harsh chemicals that do more damage than good to the skin.

It is imperative that when shopping for skincare products that you do your due diligence. This includes knowing your skin type, doing research on the best brands, and most importantly, reading the ingredients. What’s in a product can tell you a lot about whether or not it’s ideal for your skin. For example, a product with lots of alcohol in it will dry out your skin, so if you already have dry skin, this is something you’d want to steer clear of. If you’re not sure of what an ingredient is, research it online or talk with a dermatologist. 

Not Protecting Your Skin

Skin cancer is increasing at alarming rates. Essentially, too much exposure to the sun’s ultraviolet rays without the proper protection can damage the skin. Not only can a person suffer from sunburn, but they could also develop skin cancer.

It is important to protect yourself when outdoors no matter what the season. Putting on products with SPF protection on, wearing sunglasses or a hat, and being mindful of your time in direct sunlight are all ways to avoid sunburn or skin cancer. 

Your skin is very delicate and gives a clear picture of what’s going on both inside and outside of your body. If you’re dealing with common skin issues, perhaps it’s because you’re making one of the mistakes above. Fortunately, you can create new habits and over time start to see positive changes in your skin that you love. 


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