With our access to so many skincare products, it's easy to overcomplicate our routines. Not so long ago, a basic skincare routine consisted of a facial wash, possibly a toner, Pond's cold cream and maybe a once a week deal with St. Ives Apricot Scrub. Today, many women go through five to ten steps and leave some wondering if that's too much. Well, no matter how little product you use and how many expensive ingredients others splurge on, it's always best to consult a dermatologist for best results. After all, even hours of online research can't compare to years of specialized study.
Here are the common skincare mistakes dermatologists see in their patients and how to correct them.
Most people with oily skin are guilty of this. In their attempt to get rid of excess oil, they wash their faces several times a day which removes the skin's natural moisture barrier. It then produces more oil to compensate and you end up in a cycle where you're pushing your skin to create even more oil. Dermatologist and Assistant Professor at the University of Arizona Vivian Shi recommends cleansing twice a day and to follow that up with a moisturizer that suits your skin type. A reliable cleanser for any skin type is Cetaphil Daily Facial Cleanser. For moisturizers, Good Housekeeping suggests Neutrogena Hydro Boost Gel-Cream for dry skin, La Roche-Posay Effaclar Mat Mattifying Moisturizer for oily skin and Differin Soothing Moisturizer for those prone to acne.
Cleansing oil should be directly applied to dry skin to allow it to blend with excess oil, grime and makeup. Mixing it with water before application defeats it purpose. Another thing is to make sure it's completely rinsed off. Oil cleansing is only the first step of double cleansing, a practice we've learned from Korean skincare. Some of Allure's top picks include Sulwhasoo Gentle Cleansing Oil, Clinique Take the Day Off Cleansing Oil and DHC Deep Cleansing Oil. Use a facial cleanser after for a deeper cleanse and to remove all that residue from the first wash.
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Do you love waterproof mascara or eyeliner? Since it's harder to remove, chances are you add extra pressure. To remove stubborn eye makeup without much tugging, Cosmo UK editors like using Smashbox It's A Wrap Waterproof Makeup Remover. It's even dermatologist and ophthalmologist tested. Dampen a cotton pad with makeup remover and hold it over your eyelashes for at least ten seconds then with gentle motions, swipe your eye makeup away.
Know the right amount of product that you need to avoid wastage. For example, you only need a pea-sized amount of moisturizer to cover your face. For even application, Dr. Shi advises to dab even amounts of product on the forehead, cheeks and chin, then spread all over face. The same goes for any time of facial lotion. Also remember that when layering skincare, the most lightweight product goes first (e.g. gel moisturizer before sunblock).
Everyone has done this more than once. Sometimes, you're so exhausted that you just fall facedown onto your bed. If you really can't be bothered with your usual evening routine, at least use a makeup wipe. Women's Health considers Simple Compostable Cleansing Wipes to be a good bargain. They're eco-friendly, too! Another fuss-free drugstore find is Neutrogena Makeup Remover Cleansing Towelettes.
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