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Top skin care mistakes

Not using skin care with SPF.

Your facial moisturizer should have an SPF of at least 15 if not more. While makeup with sunscreen is a good thing, it won’t give you the kind of coverage you get with a lotion. Even if your only time outside consists of walking to your car, your skin is always at risk of catching some harmful UV rays and, ultimately, damage.

Not patting dry. 

Especially if you have sensitive skin, take care to pat your face dry rather than rub after you’ve cleansed. The tugging of a towel can cause irritation, plus years of tugging at your skin can make it lose elasticity. Take extra care to pat, and be sure you’re using a different towel than the one you use to dry your hands.

Not washing your hands before washing your face. 

The number of women who forget to wash their hands before they wash their faces is incredible, but think about it: you’re putting the bacteria, dirt and oil from your fingers directly onto your skin, which could be a main reason you’ve got acne or red skin.

Not going to the dermatologist.

Even if you’ve got clear skin, you shouldn’t skimp on going to the dermatologist. A yearly check on your whole body for dark spots, moles and anything that seems out of the ordinary is key to early detection of skin conditions. The earlier you catch something, the greater the chances for a positive outcome.

Picking at acne.

Picking at acne causes scars, inflamed tissue and a worse situation than the one you started with. When you touch your face, you’re doing the same damage as cleansing your face without washing your hands first. Every time you feel yourself going to touch your face, put your hands down and rest them somewhere else. Stop touching your face for three weeks straight, and you’ll start seeing big differences in your skin.

Waiting too long to use anti-ageing products. 

It’s never too early to start using anti-aging products, the most important of which are sunscreen and moisturizer. If you’re in your twenties, now is a great time to start using creams with “wrinkle-free” and “anti-aging” in the names. Prevention is key.

Not taking care of your neck. 

Do you ever see older women with gorgeous, wrinkle-free faces, but then you look at their necks and can immediately tell how old they are? Neglecting your neck is common, but if you start cleansing and moisturizing south of your chin now, you’ll be glad you did in the years to come.

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