The 3 mistakes you could be making with your skincare routine

Everyone has a different approach to skincare. Whether you choose to opt for 12 different products day and night, or prefer a minimalist routine, experts say that both options are perfectly fine to follow. Speaking to Marie Claire, dermatologist Dr Christine Armor said: “The most important thing is that you’re applying the appropriate active ingredients to achieve your skincare goals. Most women are busy and time-poor, so want an effective skincare with as few steps as possible. However, others enjoy the multi-step ‘Korean’ approach to skincare.”

Here are some things you should know:

1. Skincare that works while you sleep

Our skin is the body’s largest organ, and much like the rest of us, it repairs itself while we’re fast asleep. This is the perfect time to provide nourishment and antioxidants for glowing skin the next morning. Dr Armor says: “Our final steps at night should include the application of a moisturiser and active ingredients to address repair of damage caused by environmental damage during the day and well-rejuvenating ingredients (such as retinoids and AHA’s). Again, this can be achieved through multitasking products that ‘do it all’ or using multiple different products.” 

2. Are you making this night-time routine mistake?

“Using an expensive eye cream in addition to their night cream. We have been told that it’s really important to use a different product in the delicate eye area as opposed to the night cream that we use on the rest of our face. In most cases, the product that you use at night to repair, rejuvenate and moisturise the rest of your face is appropriate to achieve these functions in the eye area,” explains Dr Armour.

3. Skincare doesn’t just stop at your face

While we usually have no troubles taking care of the skin on our face, we often neglect the rest of our body, which should be seen as equally important. After using harsh soaps in the shower, it’s important to rejuvenate the skin with hydrating products. “Individuals that suffer from sensitive or dry skin should consider products that contain beneficial ingredients like aloe vera and vitamin B5 that are gentle on the skin. This ensures that the skin’s oil is replenished and not stripped away,” said Dr Armour.

Are you someone who prefers a 12-step routine? Or someone who enjoys the minimal approach when it comes to caring for your skin? Let us know in the comments below.

Republished with permission of Over60.