5 Skincare Faux Pas We’re All Guilty Of

Stevi Incremona
Stevi graduated from NYU's Tisch School of the Arts with a BFA in Drama. When she's not auditioning and running around New York, she's escaping to her original home at the Jersey Shore and most definitely lying on a beach somewhere equidistant between the ocean and tiki bar. She's a coffee snob, craft beer enthusiast, technology nerd, and obviously (most importantly) has a very real addiction to buying and trying affordable beauty products.

I feel like every other day I’m reading another article telling me about a new product that’s going to fix my face and turn me into the beautiful, flawless goddess I’ve always dreamed of being.

But the truth, my dear friends, is this: it matters not what product you throw on your face, if you’re guilty of any of these skincare faux pas. And we’re all probably at least living at a 3 on the scale of 1 to guiltiest. Know them, fix them.


1. Not using the right products for our face

Getting to know and understand your skin type is essential to finding your way to your best skin days. If you have oily skin, you probably already know that you want to avoid using products formulated for dry skin because they are unable to produce the necessary amount of oil you need to stay hydrated and plump.

The mistakes tend to happen more on the other end of the spectrum. For those of us who battled hormonal acne and breakouts during our glamorous awkward years, it’s natural to feel dependent on products with salicylic acid or benzoyl peroxide to keep our skin clear. However, chances are your skin has grown up with you since then and the need for those harsh products may not be necessary. In fact, the harsher chemicals may even be drying out your skin and causing a need for a more intense moisturizer. That moisturizer may then clog your pores leading you into a bad cycle.


2. Using too many products

As a beauty junkie, I totally understand the need to try out every new product on the market. This is, unsurprisingly, sort of a lot for our skin to take on. The reason there are a million products out there is because there are a million and one different skin issues plaguing the population.

Listen carefully though: you do not have all of the issues.

I tell you this as someone who once convinced herself she had rosacea because I had been over-exfoliating my skin and causing redness. Tip: start over. Go back to basics with a very simple cleanser, toner and moisturizer (try anything from the Simple skincare line available at the drugstore) and then reassess what your skincare issues are.

Overproduction of oil? Try a mattifying moisturizer. Dry skin? Try a hydrating night mask. Acne? Try a benzoyl peroxide toner. Just don’t try them all at once! New products take at least two weeks to start making a difference, and with fewer products being introduced at once you can really concentrate on the way they are affecting your skin. Patience is key!


3. Neglect while you were sleeping…

So you’re well informed about your skin type and borderline religious about your skincare routine, but you’re still getting breakouts around your hairline and on the top of your back. Have you thought about how your sleep routine can affect your skin?

A huge villain in the story of your skin versus flawlessness, is the combo of hair products and pillowcases. Chances are you’ve never thought about how even your clean hair can transfer unwanted oils to your face. If you regularly hydrate your locks with oils before slumber, try pinning your hair up, away from your face and back so it’s not transferring onto your pillowcase and sheets for you to then roll around in. Also, you know, clean your pillowcases.


4. Seasonal ignorance

I’m fairly positive that in this moment the ever changing temperature is either wreaking havoc on your lips, extremities, or face. Or maybe all of the aforementioned places. In that case, I offer my condolences.

There’s a reason that every winter when you take out your jacket you find your old favorite chapstick in the coat pocket. Our lips are thirsty for that hydration and protection during the cold months in the same way that they’re hungry for SPF in the summer. You should be as accommodating to your skin as you are to your pout.

It doesn’t make sense to use the same moisturizer in the summer that you use in the winter. In the summer your skin needs a light moisturizer to lock in the hydration, while in the winter it needs a heavier cream to replenish the moisture that’s missing. Cater to your skin’s reaction to environmental factors and you’ll have a happier bod.

Tip: If you’ve found a product that works for you, try something else within that same skincare line that works slightly differently. Chances are, the brand uses similar ingredients in all of their products. Since you’ve already tested them and found them agreeable, you’ll have less of a chance of having to deal with a bad reaction.


5. Neglecting your neck

This is the one that makes me want to smack my own self in the face. It seems glaringly obvious, but I am ever guilty of this. Ever seen those middle-aged ladies whose faces look like they’ve never been in the sun without a bonnet, but whose necks resemble something close to lizard skin? Yeahhhhh. They be neglectin’ they necks. The skin there and on our décolletage is just as sensitive as the facial skin and will show signs of aging and neglect just as quickly. Don’t ignore it or it shall grow to resent you. Visibly.