Skincare is really everyone’s business. Still it raises a lot of questions. As a cosmetologist I value a good skincare routine and I’m always eager to learn more and try new things. I didn’t always know how to take care of my skin so maybe you can learn something from my mistakes!
The most common mistakes in skincare
The place of purchase
The place where you’re buying your groceries shouldn’t be the place you’re buying your lotions from. Also those cheap supermarkets aren’t the place to be when it comes to skincare. Sure you can get a nice looking lotion for couple of bucks there but good quality and good products cost a bit more. Also I wouldn’t recommend drugstore (in Finland anyway). These lotions that they sell there do more harm to you than good. Been there, done that! Then where should you shop? At your cosmetologist’s or a cosmetics store. Professional products are usually better from my experience ’cause the ingredients and the texture in products are well considered. Organic products are great for your skin ’cause they don’t contain controversial ingredients and the natural ingredients are simple but effective.
The ingredient list
The INCI-list is a very challenging area of research even for a professional but there are some things you should try to understand. First I would say that a short and a simple list is usually a good sign as well as readable components. Also there are some bad ingredients (or controversial, to say the least) that you should remember and check that your products don’t have them such as Mineral Oil (Mineral Oil, Paraffin Liquidum) and silicones (Dimethicone). Ingredients are always listed depending on what substance it contains the most. So if you are looking for say properly moisturising oil but the first ingredient is Aqua you’ve been screwed. As I’ve gone for organic skincare products the understanding of the INCI has been so much easier. The ingredients for for example lotion are aloe vera, different natural oils and berries and flowers.
Wrong / too harsh product for cleansing
When I saw clearasil’s “ACNE REMOVAL SUPER PURIFYING MEGA 5 in1” product I too fell for it. I had a really bad acne and felt like I needed something super effective for my super dirty face. Me thinking that and using that product makes me sad. The products was way too harsh for my skin and I would never recommend it to anyone. I also tried drugstore products but they were just as bad. It’s true that an oily skin needs an effective product and preferably in gel form but the right product is also gentle and moisturising. Many would doubt a purifying gel made for oily skin but trust me it can be gentle and just the right fit for you. EkoPharma’s Purifying Gel Cleanser, I’m looking at you. Thank you for being there for me. Once again professional products are just so much better.
Skipping the morning cleansing
It’s logical to clean your face from makeup in the evening but the morning cleansing is crucial as well. You sweat a lot in the night time and you roll around in your sheets so it’s important to freshen up in the morning. Now someone may say that it dries the skin too much. I will repeat myself: An effective product can be gentle. A good product won’t dry you out. Oh and also you wouldn’t put your daycream on a dirty face right? Good.
Trusting the internet or your friend’s cousin’s sister’s girlfriend
It’s great that the internet and forums such as reddit are full of skincare tips and product recommendations but remember to be critical about who you’re taking the advice from. A good example is coconut oil that was so hyped a while ago. People recommended it to cleansing, as a moisturiser, as an exfoliator, to put on a bread and between your toes. Sure coconut oil works great for some purposes but it’s not for everyone. And you oily/combination ladies out there – don’t bother. As an oily faced beauty myself I can use coconut oil to remove my makeup but I do have to remove the oil as well. Otherwise it will clog up my pores and make me break out. For dry skin? Maybe! Keep in mind that we all have different skin types and what works for someone may not work for you. Also these “DIY” skincare tips make me cringe so bad. Be careful out there!
That’s all for now. What do you think? I would be happy to hear your thoughts.
Photos Inka Lähteenaro