Skincare care: mistakes that can affect the skin

The skincare is part of everyday life for many people. However, you need to pay attention to small errors that can be harmful to your skin, making this care routine lose its purpose.

We have separated some examples of mistakes that you may have made, or have already made, and that may be sabotaging your dream skin. Check out:

What mistakes is it possible to make in the skincare routine ?

The skincare routine (skin care) varies from person to person. Primarily because the skins are different – dry, oily, acne-prone, etc. In addition, products and daily walkthroughs may also change.

However, there are some cares that are essential for everyone who is concerned about the health and good appearance of the skin, and yet, even during these steps there are some very common skincare errors that you can easily avoid:

Do not use sunscreen on cold, cloudy or rainy days

There are those who believe that sunscreen only needs to be used on sunny days. A serious error that directly affects the health of the skin.

Even on cold, cloudy or rainy days, there is still an incidence of sunlight (even if they are not visible to the naked eye). This reinforces the need to make daily use of sunscreen, regardless of the weather.

In addition, it is worth mentioning that this use should not be dispensed with even if you are in a closed place (work, home, gym, shopping mall, etc.). In all of these spaces we are exposed to artificial light, which is also very harmful to the skin.

The harms are not only related to aesthetic issues, but also to health – considering that exposure to unprotected skin can even cause pathologies such as cancer .

It is important to keep in mind that no cream, mask or any other product replaces the benefits and protection that sunscreen provides for our skin. Therefore, its use is absolutely essential .

Use the products in the wrong order

Applying the products in the wrong order is not only a waste of time and money, since they are likely to lose their effect, but can also cause skin reactions.

An example is to use night products during the day: sometimes they can simply weigh on the skin, but if the product has some type of acid in its composition, it can cause blemishes, flaking and other sensitization.

In general, to ensure a good use of the benefits of the products, follow the recommendations for use (day, night, etc.) and apply them in the correct order.

This leads us to a question that many people have when applying skin care products (moisturizers, serums, eye cream, etc.): which order to follow?

To make it easier, always follow the logic of first applying the most liquid products (such as serums) and then applying the creamy ones. This is because the more watery, the easier absorption occurs in the skin.

Do not clean your face properly

Cleansing is an essential step in maintaining healthy and good-looking skin. However, if done improperly, it can end up causing losses.

But you may be asking yourself: what mistakes could I make in the simple act of wiping my face? Check out some of them:

Use hot water

Many people clean their skin during a hot shower, which removes part of its protective barrier and increases sebum production (which leaves the skin dehydrated and even more oily). Therefore, warm water should always be preferred.

Leave dirt residues

That is, when you clean your face, but there are still traces of makeup, pollution, etc. To prevent this from happening, you can make a habit of using micellar water even after washing your face in order to remove all the dirt.

Do not remove makeup properly

When you wear makeup, you need more than just clean your skin. Before that, you need to remove it with the help of a liquid make-up remover, handkerchief or cleaning oil. Only then should you wash your face.

It may seem little, but the accumulation of small (and large) dirt can contribute to the premature aging of the dermis, in addition to the appearance of acne and other possible problems.

Abusing the use of acids

There are acids for daily use and “without restriction”, such as Hyaluronic or Ascorbic (vitamin C) that help, respectively, in hydration and in combating skin aging.

However, there are many others that – if not used with caution – can be harmful.

This is the case, for example, of Retinol (derived from Vitamin A). This acid stimulates collagen production and cell renewal, which provides a “thinner” skin, with a more uniform tone and a younger appearance.

However, as it directly interferes with cell renewal, it needs to be used in moderation and – mainly – with the accompaniment of a dermatologist. This is because, otherwise, it can cause skin peeling, spots and even burns.

Therefore, even though many acids are true allies when it comes to facial care, great care must be taken to use them safely and responsibly, so that they do not become harmful.

Therefore, the guidance of a professional is essential. That way you will receive indications of which acid behaves best on your skin, as well as knowing when and how to apply it.

Do not keep up with skin changes

You need to be aware of the changes that occur on the skin over time. This is because it is normal for it to change and become drier, oily, acne-prone or simply suffered the effects of age (less collagen, appearance of wrinkles, etc.).

Failure to keep up with the changes in your skin may cause you to be unable to meet her needs and, in doing so, harm your health and appearance.

Therefore, the ideal is to periodically follow up with a dermatologist. This (a) professional can indicate products and care that adapt to what your skin needs.

Believing that expensive products will be miraculous

Many people believe that using expensive products, rich in powerful substances and with innovative proposals, can be the lifeline of the skin. Unfortunately, this is not entirely true.

Of course, some products are more efficient than others, this is due to different factors, from the concentration of the ingredients to the way the formula is made and the technologies applied to it.

However, these products alone are not enough to repair long-term damage. This is because the most effective, yet, is a prevention process.

That is, you must take care of your skin daily (both with expensive and cheap products) to maintain its good appearance and health, do not wait until it is damaged and try a “miracle” from high-cost cosmetics.

Excessive care

We know that everything in excess is bad and it is no different when it comes to skin care. For example, abusing the use of products at the time of skincare can generate the “rebound effect”, that is, instead of improving, it can make the problem you are trying to treat worse.

The same applies to hygiene, which should be done only twice a day (morning and night). This because, the excess of cleansing removes the natural oiliness of the skin, which causes the production of sebum to increase even more and, with this, the skin becomes more oily than normal.

Thus, monitoring with a dermatologist is essential, since he will be able to recommend you an appropriate routine for your skin type, according to your specific needs. In addition, it can also help you in choosing products and answer possible questions.


Facial care is part of many people’s routine. Therefore, it is important to always seek information to do them in the best possible way, aiming at the health and good appearance of your skin.

Have you ever made a mistake from the ones we listed? Do you have any tips on what not to do when skincare ? Tell us here in the comments and keep following the Healthy Minute!

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