Most women dream of flawless and ageless skin, which is why they’re constantly looking for skincare products that give a supple, smooth, and clear complexion. But here’s the reality: everyone ages, and one day, you’ll get those fine lines and wrinkles no matter how many products you apply.
The basic skincare routine consists of cleansing, toning, and moisturizing. Most of the time, this routine is enough to keep your skin clean and refreshed. However, skincare practices can also do more harm than good if they’re overdone or there’s a lack of it. One of the consequences is looking older than your actual age.
The good news is that you don’t need a complicated skincare routine to maintain youthful skin. Here are some of the skincare mistakes that make you look older. These may not affect you in the meantime, but they’ll trigger the early signs of skin aging.
Avoid These 7 Skincare Mistakes to Achieve Youthful-Looking Skin
1. Ditching the sunscreen
Going out without sunscreen exposes your skin to the drying and damaging effects of the sun’s rays, which causes the early appearance of hyperpigmentation, premature wrinkles, and rough skin. Regardless of the weather or destination, apply sunscreen, and reapply often.
Choose a broad-spectrum mineral sunscreen with an SPF of 15 or higher to give the best protection from the sun. Broad-spectrum sunscreens protect you from Ultraviolet A (UVA) rays (which cause signs of aging) and Ultraviolet B (UVB) rays (the ones that burn).
Mineral sunscreens have zinc oxide or titanium oxide and sit on top of the skin to physically shield you from UV rays.
2. Sleeping with makeup on
It has been a constant reminder from experts and beauty gurus to remove all traces of makeup before you go to bed. The sooner you cleanse your makeup after coming from outside, the better. Being outdoors exposes you to pollution, which can easily embed free radicals in the skin’s surface and disrupt your skin’s collagen and elastin production.
Sleeping with these free radicals can contribute to signs of aging like fine lines and premature wrinkles. Leaving your makeup on too long can clog your pores. Make sure you double-cleanse with an oil-based product, followed by a water-based cleanser, to remove even the most stubborn makeup residue.
3. Skipping the morning cleanse
Assuming you’ve done your nighttime skincare routine, some experts say it’s okay to wash your face just once or rinse your face in the morning (unless you have oily skin.) Washing hints that some cleanser is involved, while rinsing involves water only.
Whichever is your preference, a morning cleanse is important to remove bacteria and the leftover creams and serums from the night before.
If you opt to wash your face in the morning, the L’Oreal Glycolic Bright Glowing Daily Cleanser contains glycolic acid that exfoliates and removes dullness to reveal glowing skin. It’s a gentle cleanser with deep-cleaning properties that won’t dry out your skin.
4. Avoiding exfoliation or going overboard with it
Exfoliation can give your skin a deep cleansing that regular washing can’t do. It can remove enough dead skin cells that make the skin look older. However, too much exfoliation can damage the skin and increase the likelihood of chronic inflammation, dryness, and hyperpigmentation.
Other signs of aging, like skin sagging, wrinkles, and puffy eyes, can also happen due to over-exfoliation.
Meanwhile, the lack of exfoliation will have your skin accumulate an abundance of dead skin cells on the surface, creating clogged pores, discoloration, and aging. Experts advise that you exfoliate at least two to three times a week, depending if your skin can handle it.
5. Using skincare products that don’t match your skin type
Any dermatologist would advise you that the best skincare routine you can have is made with your skin type in mind. Whether it’s a cleanser, moisturizer, or toner, you should pick a product that works well with your skin type and concerns.
Skin types are determined by the amount of water and oil in your skin. You may have dry skin if your skin lacks moisture, making it tight, itchy, flaky, and prone to fine lines. You may be inclined to acne and shininess if your skin is too oily.
Products for dry skin are usually water-based to add much-needed moisture. The Revitalift Hyaluronic Acid Serum contains 1.5% pure hyaluronic acid, which helps in hydration, refining pores, and reducing fine lines.
6. Neglecting the other two “faces”
Your face is just one of the three “faces” of your body. Knowing how to avoid aging skin involves applying the same skincare routine to your neck and décolleté area to prevent premature aging. Meanwhile, the hands should be treated with moisturizing creams with antioxidants and SPF to shield them from UV exposure and pollutants.
7. Not taking enough water and sleep
While moisturizers help retain water in the skin, drinking enough water is essential for healthy, soft, and luminous skin. Staying hydrated flushes out excess toxins in the body and maintains the fluid balance to keep you healthy. Drink at least 3-4 liters of water for optimum skin health.
Meanwhile, sleeping lowers the cortisol level in your body, allowing your skin to regenerate and protect itself. When awake for a long time, your body doesn’t produce as many growth hormones that can make your skin thick. Since there’s no time to produce new, fresh cells and fix the damage from yesterday’s activities, you’re allowing an accelerated aging process.
Look Young, Feel Young
Flawless and ageless skin is possible to achieve, thanks to the availability of experts and skincare products in the Philippines. Don’t neglect your face, neck, and hands even if you don’t see any obvious signs of aging yet.
A big skincare mistake you can make is starting only when the signs of aging appear, but it’s easier to prevent wrinkles and fine lines with a proper skincare routine.
Now, where can you get skincare products that do their job well? Check out L’Oréal’s Revitalift skincare line with anti-aging benefits and Glycolic Bright products designed to instantly brighten skin and reduce dark spots.
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