model towel 1200 x 865You are faithful about taking care of your skin – you apply a serum, moisturizer, exfoliate, use masks for hydration and love your products. Despite doing all the right things, you may be making some mistakes that are working against your best efforts.

Take a look at the list below. Are you doing any of these things? The one we appreciate the most is No 8 – Giving Up On Products Too Soon.

There’s no product that can heal and repair skin in a few weeks time. Believing so sets expectations that will leave you hopping from one product to another. Try these tips, stay with a product for 60 days and then give it a fair assessment. Another caveat – are you using too many products at one time?  One may be interfering with another!

1. Tugging at your eyes while applying liner.

We know you want the perfect cat eye but that doesn’t mean you should bang up the delicate skin around your eyes to get it. Aggressive pulling can lead to puffiness, broken blood vessels, and wrinkles. “Use an eyeliner that glides rather than tugs,” recommends Dr. Julia Tzu of Wall Street Dermatology in New York City.

 2. Thinking a perfect combo of anti-aging products exists.

Many skin care fanatics use a makeup remover, face wash, toner, serum, moisturizer, face oil, eye cream, eye gel, sunscreen, and wrinkle filler — each and every day, all in pursuit of perfect skin. Sadly, it doesn’t quite work like that.

“The biggest skin care mistake is not realizing that less is more,” explains Dr. Mona Gohara, associate clinical professor of dermatology at the Yale School of Medicine. “They throw all these different products on themselves, which can irritate your skin and cause inflammation,” potentially exacerbating the signs of aging. A better bet? Using tries and true products that actually work. Gohara recommends ones that features retinols, antioxidants, and SPF.

3. Skipping SPF in your car.

Just because you’re inside of a vehicle doesn’t mean you’re protected: In the United States, left-sided skin cancers are wrinkling are more common because that’s where the sun hits you as you’re driving. Always wear sunscreen, especially if you’re a frequent driver.

4. Assuming “organic” is inherently better.

Sure, organic can be better for your body when it comes to food, but that’s not necessarily true for your skin. Don’t assume something is going to reduce your wrinkles and the signs of aging simply because it says “organic” — otherwise, you could wind up ignoring inflammatory ingredients. “After all,” Gohara says, “poison ivy is natural and organic, but it’s obviously not good for your skin.”

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