Are you ready to start refresh your skincare and beauty routine? If so, this article was written for you! It seems like every day there is a new beauty trend or faux pas that leaves us questioning whether we are handling our skincare or makeup application correctly. It can be hard to decipher which trends you should partake in and which you should leave in the dust. However, we are here to tell you that there are definitely beauty blunders and routines that we should and will leave behind — for the sake of our skin.
Before we get into some of these popular and common beauty blunders, we want to acknowledge that everyone’s skin is different and has its own set of unique needs. While some practices work for some, they may not work for others. If there is a beauty blunder on the list that you want to keep because it works to your advantage, by all means, do it! If you have questions about your skin and how certain routines can affect it, we always encourage checking in with your local dermatologist who can help you develop healthy routines and treatment plans to get the skin of your dreams. But for now, let’s identify some of the beauty blunders that may be wreaking havoc on your skin. New year, new skincare routine.
Forgetting to Apply Sunscreen
If the past two years have taught us anything, it’s that sunscreen is an important part of every skincare routine. Thanks to the rise in beauty gurus and dermatologists taking to TikTok to share skincare hacks, sunscreen has become a popular topic of discussion. Not only is sunscreen vital in protecting your skin from UV rays and sun damage, but it also has a lot of restorative and protective powers that your skin needs. We are now applying our sunscreen whether we are leaving the house or not! Yes, it’s that important.
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Not Reading Ingredient Labels
Many of us aren’t chemists and wouldn’t be able to accurately identify every single ingredient in many of the skincare products we love, but isn’t that sort of a problem? If you can’t pronounce an ingredient or don’t know what it is, you shouldn’t be putting it on your face or body. That may be a little extreme, but shopping for clean skincare products has become so much easier with the rise in brands creating these products that are made without toxic chemicals, carcinogens, endocrine disruptors, and allergens. And this has made it all the easier to pick up a product and understand exactly what is in it. This year, we are making a promise to read ingredient labels and look for a clean beauty logo — which usually looks like a leaf and can be found near the ingredient label.
Using Products That Test on Animals
How many products do you use currently that test on animals? If you’re not sure, you can check the back of your products for the cruelty-free bunny logo. If you don’t find the logo on the back of your products, it’s safe to say that the company that made this product might be testing on animals. These practices are cruel to animals and unfair to our environment, which is why we are kissing this beauty blunder goodbye. When you’re shopping for products, make sure you look for the cruelty-free logo or purchase vegan makeup products that do not involve animal testing or use animal products.
Sleeping with Makeup on
There may be many occasions where you’re tempted to head to bed without washing your face, but this could lead to a variety of skin issues like breakouts, premature aging, dryness and more. Put your skin first by ensuring that your makeup is removed and your skin is moisturized and protected before going to bed.
Not Recycling Sustainable Packaging
If you don’t recycle your favorite clean beauty products, will your face break out? No. However, not recycling sustainable packages could cause a lot of trouble for the environment, which could cause issues for your skin. When products aren’t recycled properly, pollution can run rampant. And studies show that air pollution has a direct correlation to skin health. If you’re unsure whether or not your favorite beauty and skincare products are recyclable, check the back label for the recycle icon. You can also find more information about how to recycle that specific package on the company’s website.
Over washing Your Face
After coming home from a long day, you probably want to make sure all of the makeup, dirt, and oil is removed from your face. However, that doesn’t mean that you need to wash it several times to effectively remove the impurities. Over washing your face can lead to your skin feeling dry and stripping your face of its natural oils. To be safe, you should wash your face once a day. We recommend washing your face at night before hitting the sheets. If you have a heavy makeup application, prep your face with an oil cleanser and then follow up with a gel-based cleanser.
Applying Makeup in the Wrong Lighting
We have all been there — you apply your makeup in the bathroom only to step outside and realize that you didn’t blend enough or that your foundation shade is the wrong color. If you want to achieve a natural look with your makeup this year, try applying your beauty products in natural light by a window. This will ensure that your look comes out even and well-blended.
Forgetting to Use Primer
If you’re hoping for a flawless makeup look that stays on all day, but you don’t apply primer, you may be missing a critical step. While primer isn’t always necessary for people who want their makeup to look more natural throughout the day, it is critical for those who want their makeup to perform and stay put — no matter what the day has in store. Don’t forget to apply that primer!
How many of these beauty blunders are you currently making? Don’t worry — you have all of the time in the world to research and change things up to help get the best skin you’ve ever had.