Skin-care mistakes that you don’t know you are making

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Updated May 8, 2012

It has been disclosed that we might not be taking care of our skin properly, even when we think we are. There are certain unconscious actions that we’re overdoing (or underdoing) that can lead to the very thing we’re trying to avoid: skin dryness, skin breakouts and accelerated aging.

Here are some of the most common skin-care mistakes. Are you making any?

Not washing your face before bed

When you’re exhausted, this is the easiest mistake to make. Sleeping with a face full of makeup and skin-care products  interferes with the critical renewal process that your skin goes through while you sleep. Keep makeup-remover wipes at your bedside table so you can at least reach over and do a quick “wash” even in a sleepy state.

Not washing your face in morning

Even if you do wash your face at night, you have to repeat the process after your eight hours. While your skin is miraculously working on that renewal, all sorts of toxins and metabolic products are being thrown off that you need to clear away.

Using a deodorant soap on your face

Using a deodorant soap or deodorant body wash on your face can disrupts the skin’s delicate lipid barrier. The result? Dryness or irritation. Or both.

Overwashing your face

It may feel like you’re doing a superb scrub-down, but using a soap that’s too harsh or being too physically abrasive with that washcloth can cause dreaded redness and dryness.

Choosing a cleanser that’s wrong for your skin type

If you have an oily, acne-prone complexion, a cleanser formulated for dry skin is not going to remove enough of the oil. An oily cleanser might leave dry skin feeling tight and extra-dry. Make sure you know what kind of skin you have, and choose your products accordingly.

In addition to this, a New York dermatologist, Dr. Jeannette Graf in the video below lays out the most common skin-care mistakes women make and how to fix them

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