What am I doing wrong? (5 skincare mistakes you might be making)

Navigating skincare’s do’s and don’ts can be tricky with the wealth of information (and misinformation) available today. In this article, we will delve into 5 definite skincare no-nos you might be making!


1. Skipping sunscreen at night or indoors

Come rain or shine, whether you’re going out or staying in, you need sunscreen! Believe it or not, indoor lighting can be harmful and requires protection too. Certain types of indoor lighting, such as fluorescent and LED lights, can emit low levels of ultraviolet (UV) radiation which can cause skin damage when exposure is prolonged. 


Blue light exposure from electronic devices such as phones, computers and TVs can also penetrate the skin and cause premature aging and skin damage due to oxidative stress. When looking for sunscreen, look out for ingredients that can also protect against blue light! 


Not only should you be applying sunscreen daily, but it needs to be reapplied every couple of hours, especially if you’ve been outside and sweating. Include sunscreen as part of your regular skincare routine to help ensure you don’t forget it when you really need it! Make it a habit to reduce the chances of accidental exposure at any time of the day. 


Read more on why sunscreen is the ultimate essential in your skincare routine here!


2. Changing your skincare products too often

It can be tempting and exciting to cave into new skincare trends and products, but remember that skincare requires time and consistency! Frequent changes in skincare can disrupt the skin barrier and its natural balance.


Each skincare product may contain different active ingredients, preservatives, and fragrances, which can trigger skin sensitivities, redness, and inflammation when introduced too often. Your skin needs time to adjust to new products and requires consistency for effective results. However, changing your skincare products frequently can instead lead to clogged pores, breakouts, and acne. 


Give time to let your skincare product work its magic! Observe what works for you and stick to it! Unless you are absolutely sure the product is not working for you, introduce new products to your skin one at a time to not overwhelm your skin with many new products and ingredients at once! 


3. Over-exfoliating 

Exfoliating is great for shedding dead skin and revealing a fresher, radiant you. The idea of physical and chemical exfoliating does sound ideal and very effective but just be mindful not to overdo it! 2-3 times weekly is the most you can exfoliate your skin, but less frequently if you have sensitive skin. 


The skin barrier that protects your skin against environmental irritants and helps to retain moisture can be stripped away when you over-exfoliate. It can strip the skin of natural oils and moisture, leading to dryness, flakiness, and skin dehydration. As exfoliators contain strong ingredients, over-exfoliating can also cause your skin to be more sensitive, especially under the sun, which can lead to premature aging, long-term damage, and even higher risk of skin cancer.


4. Not layering your skincare products correctly

Layering skincare products correctly is important to maximise their effectiveness. Skincare products are formulated to penetrate the skin at different depths, thus, proper layering ensures that each product is absorbed effectively. Always start from the lightest, water-based products to the heaviest, oil-based products after cleansing.


Some (stronger) active skincare ingredients such as retinol, can cause irritations if applied incorrectly. For example, you should never mix retinol with other active ingredients like AHAs, BHAs, Salicyclic Acid and Vitamin C.


Here is a guideline to layer skincare the right way:


  1. Cleanser
  2. Toner
  3. Essence/Serum
  4. Treatments 
  5. Moisturiser
  6. Sunscreen


5. Not applying moisturiser

Other than sunscreen, moisturiser is also an essential skincare that you should NEVER skip no matter your skin type! Moisturisers are vital in locking in hydration from other skincare products like serums and sunscreen and are best applied when the skin is still slightly damp. Applying moisturiser can prevent water loss and keep your skin hydrated throughout the day, 


If you have oily skin, you might think that you can skip moisturiser because your skin already produces more oil and sebum than necessary. However, not applying moisturiser actually causes your skin to produce more oil to keep itself hydrated! What you need is a moisturiser with a lightweight, water-based gel formula so that it won’t clog your pores! Often, you should be able to find a moisturiser that’s best suited for oily skin on the label. 


Did you learn anything new from this list? We hope it was a helpful and informative read.  Achieve healthy, radiant skin with A.M Skincare today!