The worst thing you can do in the morning is start your skin care routine off on the wrong foot. Your morning cleansing, toning, exfoliating, moisturizing (the list goes on) routine creates the base for your makeup and therefore determines how your skin will look throughout the day. And even worse, if performed incorrectly, one mistake in the morning could even be sabotaging your complexion for the future – without you even realizing it.
So, to help prevent you from making some serious skin care mistakes that could be wrecking your skin on the regular, Get The Look is letting you in on 7 mistakes you make when washing your face every morning. And remember: It's never too late to switch things up!
SKIN CARE MISTAKES
If your skin gets red and blotchy after washing your face in the morning, you could be stripping away your natural protective oils – this could be a result of over-cleansing. When you overwash, it makes your skin appear as though you've broken out, but it could really just be irritated, peeling and inflamed. The solution? Skip the face wash and rinse away any dirt, dead skin cells, and bacteria you accumulated overnight with plain water or a micellar water – especially if you have sensitive skin!
USING THE SAME WASHCLOTH
If a washcloth is part of your routine, make sure to toss it into the laundry daily. Washcloths become soaked and heavily soiled during use, which means they create the perfect environment for bacteria and mold to grow. Then, when used to scrub skin, soils from makeup or dead skin cells can rapidly accumulate – so make sure to wash your washcloths!
GOING IN THE WRONG ORDER
It may seem complicated, but there is a correct order for your skin care products. After cleansing, put on serum (so it can fully absorb), then sunscreen, moisturizer, and finally, eye cream.
USING TOO MANY PRODUCTS
There are plenty of skin-nourishing ingredients out there, but trying to go for them all at once could be messing up your face. Piling on multiple active ingredients can often lead to redness, inflammation and peeling. And while it's true that antioxidants work best when combined, retinols paired with acne treatments are a recipe for disaster. To minimize irritation: Introduce one new product at a time, wait a full minute between layering products to buffer interactions, and go for formulas that are fragrance-free.
NOT PUTTING EYE CREAM AROUND YOUR LIPS
After applying eye cream on your eyes, apply it on your upper lip, as well. Eye creams are known for having the most nutrient-rich ingredients to treat collagen production, wrinkles and elastic because eyes are typically one of the hardest areas on the face to treat. And since your lips tend to age faster than the rest of your face, they can use the help!
NOT USING THE RIGHT MOTION WHEN YOU CLEANSE
When cleansing your skin, glide your fingertips, covered in cleanser, up over your nose, onto your forehead, around the eyes, and down the cheeks until you reach your chin in circular motions. This increases circulation as you wash, which will make your face look like you got an extra hour of sleep.
WAITING TOO LONG TO APPLY PRODUCT
When it comes to your skin care routine, don't wait! Apply whatever products you use (toner, serum, eye cream, moisturizer) within a few minutes of cleansing, while your skin is still damp and pores are open.