We all make mistakes.
But skin care mistakes can have lasting consequences. Avoid making these 10 mistakes to preserve skin’s health and beauty.
1. Not wearing sunscreen. Sun damage is the main cause of ageing skin and skin cancer. Use sunscreen or makeup with SPF every single day.
2. Forgetting to take your makeup off at night. Going to bed with your makeup on can clog pores and settle into fine lines, which can cause premature ageing. Let your skin breath at night, and take off your makeup with a gentle cleanser or warm water.
3. Applying skin care products only once a day. Your skin needs attention throughout the day, or at the very least, at morning and night. Depending on what type of skin you have, moisturise, tone, or cleanse two or three times a day.
4. Smoking cigarettes. Smoking causes skin damage, dries out skin and accelerates ageing. 
5. Exfoliating too much or not enough. Use a gentle exfoliator two to three times a week. Over exfoliation can irritate skin, while not enough exfoliation can cause flaky skin or clogged pores.
6. Using the incorrect makeup for your skin type. Do your research when deciding on a foundation for your skin type. If you have an oily skin type, look for an oil-free liquid foundation or powder. If you have dry skin, you might want to stay away from powder foundations. Instead, opt for a hydrating liquid foundation or BB cream.
7. Not drinking enough water. The skin is the body’s largest organ, and all organs need hydration in order to look and feel its best. Find out how much water you need here.
8. Picking at your face. When pimples arise, it can be hard not to pick and pop them. However, picking pimples can lead to acne scars or worse breakouts. Instead, try using an acne treatment product.
9. Sleeping on your face. This is a tricky one because it can be difficult to change your sleeping position. However, sleeping on your stomach and side can cause wrinkles. Sleeping on your back is the best for your skin’s health and appearance.
10. Neglecting an anti-ageing routine. (Even if you’re young!) It’s never too early to start using skin care products that have anti-ageing properties. Find out what products are right for your age here, and be proactive in your skin’s health and appearance.
1. DermNet. (n.d.). Smoking and its effects on the skin. Retrieved February 23, 2016, from DermNet NZ.