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5 Skincare Mistakes People Often Make in Beauty Routines

Afouda Bamidele
Sep 04, 2020
08:00 P.M.
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Beauty routines are fast becoming a thing, and along with the trend comes a lot of mistakes. Here are five common skincare mistakes people make.


Thanks to the quarantine, people have had the chance to pay more attention to their skin. As a result, there has been a rise in the use of beauty routines.

While some last hours, others are quick and time-saving. Regardless of the time frame, these routines' common goal is to have glowing, hydrated skin that makes us look and feel years younger. However, they will have no effect on our skin if we keep making these five common mistakes.

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According to consultant dermatologist Dr. Zainab Laftah, wearing sunscreen daily should be a vital part of your skincare routine. It not only helps protect your skin from UVA and UVB sun rays but also reduces aging, wrinkles, and pigmentation.

Sunscreen should be applied at least 30 minutes before going out into the sun and re-applied every 2 hours. It should also be re-applied after being in contact with water.

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Due to recent beauty trends, exfoliating has become the order of the day. However, it can have adverse effects if done frequently. While speaking to Cosmopolitan, Laftah said:

"Too frequent and aggressive over-exfoliation will thin the stratum corneum, the outermost layer of the skin, resulting in paradoxical excess oil production and skin irritation."

She advises that skincare beginners start with exfoliating once a week and gradually build up. She also notes that the effectiveness of a chemical exfoliant is dependent on skin type and needs.


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Many people are guilty of either forgetting their eye area or applying harsh chemicals when doing their beauty routines. As noted by Laftah, the skin around the eyes is super delicate; therefore, only gentle products should be applied there. Harsh chemicals or strong actives should be kept away.


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Thanks to Tik Tok and YouTube videos, buzz-worthy products like vitamin C, retinol, hyaluronic, and other skincare jargon are being used frequently.  However, unknown to many, an overload of actives can be detrimental to the skin and can cause redness and dryness if it is not introduced slowly.



This is one mistake we are all familiar with, as it is often tempting to pop your zits whenever they come on your face. While it might seem as though it helps remove the pimples, Laftah maintains that it can lead to worse infections, scarring, and cyst formation. 

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When next you feel tempted to pop a pimple, she suggests you use benzoyl peroxide. Also, using your products in the right order can help preserve and protect your skin.

According to Cosmopolitan, the correct order of products is a cleanser, toner, serums, eye cream, spot treatments, moisturizer, face oil, and sunscreen during the day time.

However, the order is slightly different at night as the first seven remain the same, but the last two changes. Instead of using a face oil, you should use retinol and then replace your sunscreen with face oil.

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Over the years, several celebrities have revealed to their fans their beauty routines. For fashion icon, Claudia Schiffer who recently turned 50, the secret to her youthful, glowing look is a natural product by beauty brand Bamford.

Her magic set contains a Refining Exfoliator, Nourishing Mask, Restore Elixir, Moisturizing Cream, and B Silent Bath Oil. 

For model Sophia Hutchins, she swears by Kylie Jenner's skincare kit alongside the sunscreen from her company Lumasol as the secret behind her silky skin.

She also has some pricey products on her list, but the model doesn't mind splurging as she believes that the skin is such an "important investment," and so do we!


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