Me- “tell me about your skincare routine.”
Client- “Well this influencer I watch on YouTube said I should do this DIY facial scrub everyday.”
Being an esthetician in Brooklyn, I tend to hear about a variety of different things one shouldn’t do to their skin. Now that 2020 is here, it's time to leave your bad skin care habits in the past.
1. Sleeping with your make-up on.
This is one of those things that everyone has done. Not removing your makeup before bed ages the skin up to seven times faster. Sleeping in makeup traps dirt and environmental pollutants inside the skin, resulting in premature aging and breakouts. Not removing your eye makeup, can cause inflammation and infections in and around the eyes. My favorite tip to make sure you remove makeup before bed— cleanse your skin right as you get home to avoid falling asleep, or just plain being lazy before bed.
2. Not double cleansing.
Double cleaning has become a trend in 2019, but this is a trend that should not fade away. If you're not sure what double cleansing is, it's cleansing your skin twice! Double cleansing involves using an oil based cleanser—cleansing oil, balm or micellar water first, then your water based cleanser—like a gel or creamy cleanser. The first cleanse is used to break down makeup, waterproof eye makeup, and SPF, while your second cleanse treats your skin. Doing this nightly will ensure you go to bed fresh and clean. Your skin will thank you.
3. Exfoliating every day.
Contrary to what many think, using a chemical or physical exfoliant every single day will cause over production of oil, irritation, dryness, redness, and sensitivity. Exfoliation should be done between 2-3 times a week to ensure removal of dead surface cells and unclogging pores; it improves pigmentation and allows for better product penetration.
4. Taking skin advice from a non-licensed influencer.
We live in a society that idolizes influencers. While they might be entertaining to watch, one must take their recommendations lightly. Taking recommendations from a licensed professional (dermatologist, licensed esthetician, aesthetic nurse) will be far more effective than someone who is getting paid to promote products. A licensed professional can analyze the skin and provide recommendations to products they know can make a difference. Someone on social media can ONLY tell you what products worked for their skin, by their determined skin type. What works for someone on the internet, may not be beneficial for you or your skin.