If you're a skincare fanatic, chances are you have at least a two-part daily routine (one for morning, one for night) that includes an intentional combination of products for an ideal multi-step equation. All of these products can run quite a tab (#worthit). We may have rouge status at Sephora, know the subtle differences between lactic, glycolic and malic acids, or which retinoids are the current biggies, but we still make skincare mistakes.
We spoke to celebrity facialist and director of studio services for luxury skincare brand Intraceuticals. Sir Gavin McLeod-Valentine We've worked with leading actresses like Kristen Stewart, Laura Linney, Gwyneth Paltrow, and most recently Olivia Colman and Helena Bonham Carter to get their skin ready for the latest season. Crown .
With his help, we've broken down some of the most common beauty mistakes that ruin skincare routines. Here's what you need to know
1. Your makeup is not removed properly
You think you're taking off your makeup, but are you really?
Sir Gavin is real simple and truly believes that it is essential to double cleanse your skin at night. It is important to remove makeup completely in order to remove the barrier, really deep cleanse the skin and purify the pores. This prevents the dirt and pollution of the day from clogging the pores and causing breakouts and congestion, no matter how non-comedogenic the cosmetics claim to be. Double cleansing additionally provides greater access for skin care to penetrate more effectively. My advice is to use a cream or balm cleanser to remove the makeup, then use a gel for further refinement.
In a two-step cleansing, the first step is usually a perfumed oil, oil, or micellar water , which breaks down and removes makeup, SPF, sweat, bacteria, dead skin cells, and other buildup on the skin from a normal day (which can be a lot, especially if you live in a polluted city). . Once everything is cleaned out, the second cleanser can actually deep cleanse.
2. Not using the products in the right order
With anti-aging ingredients and formulas rolling out every few months, it's becoming increasingly difficult to remember the right way to layer products, especially if you don't really know the difference between their essences, this retinoid, and their oils and serums.
Sir Gavin has a simple trick on how you can remember what happens when. The easiest way, he explains, is to layer products from lightest or strongest to thickest.
Once you have cleansed your skin and have a clean slate to start with, you can apply the toner or essence. This step usually has the consistency of water, he continues. Next are our serums - lighter in texture than creams, they are absorbed quickly. These are designed to move deep into the skin to repair and improve the skin at a restorative level. Similarly, if you are using a prescription strength retinoid such as Retin-A, apply this first, then the serum. Then use a moisturizing cream. This will help to soften, smooth and blur any visible imperfections to the naked eye and improve the texture of the surface skin.
3. Lack of Consistency
Inconsistency can be one of the most difficult errors to avoid creating in today's skin care environment. With new products every month coupled with the pursuit of immediate results, it can be hard to resist changing regimens or trying the latest facial or other more powerful professional treatment.
Lack of consistency is something I deal with on a very regular basis with my clients. I can't tell you how many times I've been in a skincare regime only to find out that the stylist, makeup artist, or friend has told me to try their favorite product or the latest buzz cream. One thing is for sure, says Sir Gavin. Consistency is the key.
Even if you haven't experienced any breakouts or undesirable effects from changing your skincare routine too often, a lack of consistency can prevent you from getting the full benefits of your products.
Some products actually improve immediately, but all, regardless of whether they are an immediate surprise or not, require at least four weeks to actually make a significant difference in skin quality and improvement, notes Sir Gavin.
The American Academy of Dermatology (AAD), a network of more than 20,500 board-certified dermatologists, also advises staying the course to maximize results , explained on its site: Moisturizers can plump up fine lines in a few days, but most products take at least six weeks to work. Most products take at least six weeks to work. In some cases, it may take up to three months. Be patient and give the product time to work.
4. Never do facial massage
Facial massages are treatments you can do with a practitioner or on your own. The technique involves stimulating pressure points on the face, neck, and shoulders. ... Facial massage helps promote healthy skin while relaxing your facial muscles. It has a relaxing and rejuvenating effect, helping you look and feel better.
Stimulating the face muscles with regular massage helps to bring oxygen to that area—which is a natural form of anti aging skin care in itself. “More blood flow to the area increases collagen production, which gives a healthy and natural glow to the complexion,” says Baba.
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5. Using the wrong products on your skin
As the trend towards using more potent ingredients increases, you need to be careful how you use these and pay attention to how your individual skin reacts to them, says Sir Gavin. Generally speaking, the products are more sophisticated and don't have the sensitive side effects they once did.
The AAD also stresses the importance of knowing your skin in that area. The dermatologists shared tips they share with their patients as well as use themselves. First? Understand your skin type. Understanding your skin type can help you learn how to take care of your skin and choose the right skin care products for you, says Dr. Ivy Lee.
The AAD uses the following guidelines to determine your skin type
In addition to learning about skin types in a broad sense, determining the nuances and individual qualities of a particular skin type requires trial and error. Many of the acne and anti-aging treatments require potent ingredients, but layering certain products on top of each other can wreak havoc on the skin if not done correctly.
I personally use a combination of tretinoin and an acid toner every night, but I started gently once or twice a week and built up my skin's tolerance until I could use it every night without irritation, says Sir Gavin. This is key. You also need to space out your product applications. I like to use vitamin C during the day and vitamin A (retinol) at night. Also, wait 10 minutes between the use of retinol and the application of the chemical exfoliant. By using these more potent ingredients as well (which actually improve the skin), you can initially make the skin very dry by using hyaluronic acid products. In conjunction, deep hydration also helps reduce sensitivity.
To exfoliate or not to exfoliate, or how to exfoliate - Sir Gavin says this also depends on the time of exfoliation we are using and how our individual skin reacts. I am a big believer that you should exfoliate every day. In this case, I recommend clients start with chemical exfoliants twice a week and mechanical exfoliants (granular beads) once a week. Once the skin becomes supple, I would encourage the use of a chemical exfoliant every night and a mechanical exfoliant twice a week. Again, if there are obvious signs of sensitivity, reduce the frequency of application until you can increase it further.
6. Expose your skin to too much sun
No matter how healthy you look in the sun, you need to accept that the sun can be extremely harmful to your skin.
Dr. Lee speaks with AAD and says that sun protection such as seeking shade, wearing protective clothing, and applying sunscreen is not negotiable for me and is one of the most important things you can do for your skin because of the UV rays from the sun. It can cause skin cancer and premature skin aging such as wrinkles and spots. This is important all year round, not just during the summer months, even on cloudy days.
Sunscreens with an SPF of 30 or higher are especially important if you are using certain topical ingredients that increase the skin's sensitivity to burns, such as chemical exfoliants or retinol.
Your dermatologist can also help you wear a wide-brimmed hat and oversized sunglasses when you go out for added protection. Hey, even if it's not fashion, do it for your complexion.
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