Common mistakes in skincare you should avoid

common mistakes in skincare


As a beauty therapist skincare is especially close to my heart. During my years of doing facials at a salon and just by talking with people, I have learned that taking care of your skin does not come easy to everyone.

In this post I will share some common mistakes that you should avoid in your skincare routine. I will also tell you what to do instead. I can guarantee you that by taking care of your skin properly, you will see results.


Common mistakes in skincare you should avoid


Mistake 1 – Not Having A Routine

When I hear of people not having a routine, I want to cry a little. Here’s the beef: Washing your face with your shower gel does not count. No matter the skin problem, you need a good solid routine. Even if you your skin is in a good shape, you still need a routine to keep it that way.  A skincare routine doesn’t need to be complicated! Most important things are: removing your makeup, washing your face and moisturising. That alone puts my mind at ease a bit.

Read more: How to build a skincare routine for different skintypes

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Mistake 2 – The Lack Of Double Cleansing

Double cleansing is crucial, especially if you wear makeup or sunscreen. Basically you’re first washing your makeup off – then actually cleansing your face. I’ll admit even I didn’t always double cleanse. But after I started doing it, I noticed a big change. My pores didn’t get clogged as much and small impurities went away. Nowadays makeup tends to be very long lasting, so it’s extra important to really get it off the skin.

So in other words: you need two cleansers for your face. A makeup remover and a cleanser.

*Makeup eraser
A microfibre towel, which you can just rub all over your face to remove your makeup. Perfect if you’re feeling lazy!

*Missha Perfect Deep Cleansing Oil
Oil based makeup remover are the best makeup removers are oils. They also take sunscreen off really well! Here’s one that’s very affordable and handy, since it comes with a pump.

*Lavera Hydro Effect Cleansing Balm
Gentle, yet effective cleanser.

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Mistake 3 – Skipping Eye Cream

The skin around our eyes is very thin and that makes it delicate. Wrinkles and dryness get to that area first, AKA the first signs of aging. When you do just a little bit of eye massage when applying your eye cream, you also get rid of any puffiness. I strongly recommend using an eye cream as soon as you start wearing makeup, as a teen. Now if you’re reading this and you’re 25+ – don’t worry! It’s not too late. But it is important to get yourself an eye cream.

*SVR Topialyse Palpebral Irritated eyelids Soothing Cream
I received this product in a Lookfantastic Beauty Box and it just comes to show how great that box is. I had never heard of the brand before, but this product is the best thing that’s happened to my eyelids.

Mistake 4 – Not Taking The Time For A Weekly Mask

Years ago I would have urged you to both exfoliate and apply a mask. Nowadays I actually think you can get away with only one product, as long as it’s exfoliating your skin. Because exfoliation is the key here. Properly exfoliating your skin once a week gets rid of sebaceous filaments (those things that look like blackheads, but are not), dead skin cells and it brightens up the skin.

Here is my recipe for a glowy skin: apply a thick layer of Evolve Beauty’s Radiant Glow Mask, let it sit for 5 minutes and rinse off. Apply a generous amount of moisturizer and go to sleep. You’ll wake up reborn with a glowy skin.

*Evolve Beauty Radiant Glow Mask
My all time favorite face mask, which smells like vanilla and exfoliates the skin gently using coconut shell powder. It leaves my skin baby smooth and radiant.

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What do you think of my tips – agree or disagree?

Skincare for eyes


The skin around eyes demand care just like the rest of our face. Actually it demands even more ’cause the skin there is thinner and more sensitive. Especially for heavy makeup users it’s the area that takes up the most of the products: primer, eye shadow, liner, mascara, fake lashes, concealer, another concealer.. etc.  Also – I have to confess that sometimes I use a heavy hand when removing my eye makeup when I know I shouldn’t use any force in the area.

So how should you take care of that skin area? It’s really quite simple.

  1. Use an eye makeup remover. Clean your eye area with a cleanser that suits eyes. Using the same product for face and eyes you only cause unnecessary burn and abrasion to the skin. There are 3-1 cleansers out there but as well as they work they irritate your eyes – at least that’s the case with my sensitive eyes. So remove your makeup using a gentle cleanser! I’m still looking for the perfect eye makeup remover but lately I’ve been using Decleor’s Aroma Cleanse Waterproof Cleanser and just coconut oil.

2. Use an eye cream. Moisturize using a cream specifically made for that. Usually eye cream are more lightweight than the lotions made for face. They’re also suitable for sensitive skin and they don’t irritate eyes. Take this from someone (me) who’s tried a face lotion around their eyes – never again! Just buy the eye cream.


+ If you want your eye cream to be extra refreshing store it in the fridge. You can also try cold spoons. Cold helps with the puffiness.

Massage helps with the puffiness and is a lovely way to pamper yourself. Instructions.

You should get an eye cream as soon as you start wearing makeup. Maybe even sooner if you suffer from dark circles, puffiness or dryness. There are lightweight gels for young skin that help with the puffiness. Mature skin needs more and a rich cream may be a better choice. I have always loved gels so these recommendations are mostly them.

The prices are directional. That’s what they cost in Finland.

Lumene Arctic Aqua Deep Moisture Eye Gel 15 ml / 9,40 € Lightweight / For young skin

This was my first eye cream ever and it was a great choice for that. It’s lightweight, refreshing and moisturizing. Edit: I’m not sure if it’s sold anymore in that name. It may be Lähde Pure Dew Drops  (19.90€) now.

Clarins Eye Contour Gel 20 ml/ 30-40€  Lightweight yet effective / For young & mature skin / Luxury

This is a light gel yet it’s really long lasting and moisturizing. Clarins is more of a luxury brand but this product comes in a basic white tube which is the only downside to this.

Missha Super Aqua Ultra Water-Full 30ml / 21,90€ / Best price-quality ratio / Gel-cream /  *Pr-sample

One of the most effective eye gels I’ve tried. This is a gel-cream which makes it more efficient than those mentioned above. It’s price-quality ratio is great. Usually eye creams come in a small jar but this is nearly the size of a face cream! This makes the skin silky smooth and works great under makeup too.

EkoPharma Herukka Eye Cream 15ml / 30€ Organic & professional cosmetics

I’ve tried both the Raspberry and the Blackcurrant lines from EkoPharma. Raspberry is moisturizing and Blackcurrant is for sensitive skin. The Raspberry eye gel did irritate my eyes a bit but the blackcurrant lotion works just great. It’s a great moisturizer and it leaves my skin soft. The best thing about it is of course it being organic cosmetics. It’s a bit pricey though compared to Missha’s. Half the size yet the price is higher.


Now is the time to share your favorite product recommendations or tips to taking care of your eyes! What’s the best eye makeup remover? What about eye creams? Does anyone use eye masks?

Photos Inka Lähteenaro

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