5 Common Skincare Mistakes That Really Damage Your Skin

Joanna Marie O. Santos
September 19, 2023

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Motherhood is a beautiful but very eventful journey. We always like to prioritize the needs and wants of our family, but sometimes it comes at the cost of our own. As moms, it’s only natural that we always want to pour our hearts and souls into nourishing our families and making sure that they are as happy and healthy as they can be, but that does not mean that we have to give up the little things that make us happy and nourished as well. 


It’s not unusual for moms to be busy. Our schedules and endless responsibilities can take up most of the space in our minds, which is why it’s so easy to forget to take the time to take care of ourselves— or when we do, we forget how to do it properly. Skincare is one of the most common things that moms might overlook, but it is important to remember that doing skincare improperly can actually pose long-lasting damage to our skin. 


5 Common Skincare Mistakes That Damage Your Skin


The proper way of doing our skincare routine is crucial in getting the best results out of it. Skincare blunders are common and these mistakes can really damage your skin. Below are 5 common skincare mistakes that can damage your skin. By understanding and learning how to avoid them, we can enjoy healthy and glowing skin despite being busy parents. 


1. You Don’t Consider Your Skin Type


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Probably one of the biggest skincare blunders, buying products off the racks based on their popularity rather than their compatibility with your skin can actually do more harm than good to your skin. There are five types of skin, according to the American Academy of Dermatology, namely normal, dry, oily, a combination of two or all three, and sensitive skin. Combination skin refers to skin that is oily on some parts and normal or dry on others. It can also refer to skin that is normal in some parts and dry in others. In some cases, skin can be oily in some parts and dry in others. When choosing what products to use in your skincare routine, make sure to consider what type of skin you have to address the issues without damaging your skin. 


2. Not Exfoliating (Or Exfoliating Too Much!)


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Proper exfoliation is an important part of an effective skincare routine. Once you discover your skin type, knowing how, when, and how often you should exfoliate will redefine your skincare habits and help you reach a healthy, bright glow. Exfoliating is advertised as a skincare routine that will make your skin look softer and smoother, which is why it is a crucial part of your skin health habits. However, doing it too much can damage your skin’s moisturizing barrier and cause inflammation, redness, and even acne breakouts. 


3. Forgetting To Put On Sunscreen


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You’ve probably heard this going around the internet lately, but it’s not too much to keep reminding yourself that putting on sunscreen is essential in preserving healthy and glowing skin. Many dermatologists recommend putting on sufficient SPFs for a reason: it prevents the sun’s harsh rays from damaging your skin. This is not limited to days when you have to spend time outdoors, either. Wearing sunscreen indoors and outdoors is necessary to prevent premature skin aging and skin cancer too. 


4. Skipping The Moisturizer


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Moms, we get it. If you have oily or combination skin, it feels irrelevant to still add a moisturizing step to your routine. But in reality, moisturizing your skin can actually reduce oil production and offset the dryness and the dullness most oily or combination skins have. Skipping the moisturizer and opting for drying products can actually damage your skin in the long run. 


5. You Don’t Follow The Correct Order Of Skincare Products


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A skincare routine is called a routine for a reason. The skincare products included in your routine should be applied in order to get the best effects. When doing a skincare routine, make sure that you apply the products from the lightest products to the heaviest creams so that the ingredients in the products will work effectively.


Skincare Is Self-Care


It’s common to overlook the basics of skincare, especially for moms who have busy schedules. However, it is important to remind ourselves that skincare is something that we deserve and that prioritizing it is something that we — and our skin deserve. By avoiding these five common skincare mistakes, we can achieve our skincare goals and feel confident and even more radiant than we already are!