Skincare Dos and Don'ts

Diving into the realm of skincare can be overwhelming. Like any hobby or lifestyle, you need to begin with the foundations before you have room to build upon your knowledge. As it all comes together, you’ll be able to craft a stable routine that works for you and your skincare needs. While these tips won’t apply to everyone, depending on genetics, skin type and skin condition, many of these are general advisories you may not have previously been aware of that are worth a thought. Your next favorite product or treatment could be contained within this very article!

  • the do's of skincare

Wash Your Face at Least Once Per Day

While generally two times per day is recommended, at least once per day (either in the AM or PM) will help keep your skin refreshed, hydrated, and moisturized, as well as well-protected throughout the day. A quick rinse could be helpful at night once you are heading to bed, which is faster than doing a full skincare routine in the PM.

Your routine, whether conducted in the AM or PM, will be slightly different. For example, you wouldn’t put sunscreen on before going to bed. This is always applied last in an AM skincare routine unless you are applying makeup. Retinoids are recommended to be used in a PM skincare routine, as your skin becomes extra sensitive to sunlight if applied during the day.

Wash Your Hands Regularly/Avoid Touching Face :

It’s probably been beaten into your brain hundreds of times since you were a child, whether it’s by your parents or school instructors. There is some truth and science behind the advice. Our hands come into contact with countless objects and surfaces throughout the day, including tables, doorknobs, utensils, menus, and so on.

Keeping your hands sanitized and washed (especially before meals and after using the bathroom) will help you to maintain proper hygiene, especially if you are prone to touching your face often. This is a great habit to try and limit yourself to over time if it’s too difficult all at once. We can only keep our hands so clean and they are constantly encountering several types of germs, dirt, and bacteria that can then come into contact with our face, leading to unwanted breakouts and other skin issues.

Exfoliate Regularly :

Exfoliating at least one to two times per week is recommended to prevent the pores from clogging, which can lead to a variety of skin care issues that are preferable to avoid. The main goal of exfoliation is to help remove dead skin cells so new ones can form. If you’re not exfoliating enough, these dead skin cells can build up over time, clogging the pores and preventing the natural cycle from keeping your skin healthy.

Be Patient & Experiment (Trial & Error) :

Of course, everyone’s skin is going to be different. People have different skin types or have to control certain skin conditions daily. If you are unsure about a specific product and how it will react to your skin, testing ingredients on small patches of the skin first is a great way to experiment and see which product is right for you. While it requires a bit of time and patience on your end, it’s well worth the experience to maintain healthy skin.

If you’re still unsure about which products to use, consulting professionals such as aestheticians and dermatologists can generally help steer you in the right direction. They are there to answer your questions and to help you feel comfortable in embarking upon a successful skincare journey.

Utilize Skincare Treatments Every 4-6 Weeks

These days, in the skincare industry, modern treatments are going viral regularly. With the rise of social media apps such as
Instagram and TikTok, in collaboration with a global pandemic, people had nothing but time to experiment and look for new ways to keep their skin looking their best, whether on a budget or treating themselves.

Though injectables and other treatments are still readily available for those who want to pursue them from an office visit, the industry has rapidly expanded into the home market. You can stay at home and not even bother leaving the house or changing out of your PJs while simultaneously reducing the aging process with one of many innovative at-home treatments.

Depology’s Micro-Infused Serum Dart Patches are a unique new potent formula that simultaneously works to hydrate and protect the skin, reduce aging signs and puffiness, and maintain moisture in the skin. No area or issue is left forgotten, and the patches can be left on overnight or used before bed, or after a skincare regimen.

Focus on Your Routine & Layering :

You might think that the routine you perform or the proper layering of products isn’t relevant, but that couldn’t be further from the truth. Each of the products you apply on your face play a specific role, especially if you utilize serums, which are meant to target certain areas of the face.

These products work together in helping each other maintain moisture in the skin. Focusing on the products you are using, their ingredients, and what order you are applying them in will expand the effectiveness of your routine. You’re putting all that time into healthy skincare, so you deserve to see the benefits!

Consider Your Budget & Do Your Research :

Investing in quality skincare products should always be your top priority. Thankfully, this can be done both with or without a budget in mind. Keeping an eye out for ingredients such as glycerin and hyaluronic acid means that your products are utilizing effective acids and compounds and therefore you will likely see your desired results after usage.

You’re going to want to make sure these ingredients are listed at the top of any product listing. The higher they are on the list, the more of the ingredients the product contains, which is what you’re ultimately going to want when shopping for skincare.

  • the don'ts of skincare

Mix Certain Ingredients Together :

Paying attention to which ingredients you are using in one routine is crucial. You don’t want to experience an irritating or negative reaction to a product if it can be avoided. For example, vitamin C and retinol are known to conflict with one another when using too much of them at once, which can be true for many ingredients. Though fine in moderation, you might want to trial and error initially before applying more of these products so that you are aware of what your skin can handle.

Be sure all of your products aren’t being applied in one sitting. Feel free to relax and let the product work its magic and settle into the skin before proceeding with the next stage of your skincare routine.

Apply Moisturizer Around the Eyes :

The area under and around your eyes happens to be the thinnest area of the face, leaving the skin to be further exposed to factors that contribute to aging. Signs of premature aging often appear here first, such as fine lines and under-eye bags. While the rest of your face can properly absorb moisturizer’s molecules, they are simply too large to be absorbed around the eyes.

Instead, try using specific eye creams or patches to help with issues in this area. These products contain smaller molecules than facial moisturizers that are better absorbed into the skin.

Depology’s Restoring Day Under Eye Patches is exceptional for pumping your skin with antioxidants in the AM before applying make-up and after your skincare routine. Not only do they work to retain moisture in an area that can so easily be lacking, but puffiness and brightening are also top concerns for these patches, leaving you glowing gold long after they have fulfilled their duty.

Use Body Scrub on the Face :

They’re called “body” scrubs for a reason! There’s a significant difference between using scrubs for your body and then those that are designed for the facial area. Body scrubs are more aggressive and applied where the skin is thicker from the neck down. Facial scrubs are made to be used where the skin is thinner and therefore, these products are gentler.

Wash Your Skin More Than Twice a Day :

It can be tempting to wash your skin frequently, especially in the summer months when many seek two showers a day to feel fresh from the humid weather. Like most things in life, washing the skin is better in moderation. More isn’t better, in this case.

Excessive bathing can strip the skin of its natural oils and moisture, damaging the skin. This can particularly be troublesome in the winter months and depending on the temperature of the water you use. If you have to shower or wash your skin frequently, it’s best to use lukewarm water and mild products, as high temperatures can further dry out and aggravate the skin.

These tips and tricks can be helpful in the drier months to ensure you are properly keeping your skin hydrated and moisturized. Contrary to what many believe, these are two separate steps that should each be handled with care!

final verdict : do's and dont's in skincare

While this is not a definitive list of the only factors that should come into play when choosing skincare, they are an informative base to help you understand what your goal is when it comes to your skincare routine and if you feel you need to switch up the rhythm. If you aren’t seeing desired results, it might be worth looking into other products and ingredients, or consulting with a trusted professional who can lead you in the proper direction of healthy, glowing skin.