Skincare Product Mistakes You're Making

Sometimes the bad things that happen to your skin are started by good intentions. You may be buying top-quality skin care products and using them routinely, but if you’re not taking your skin’s needs into consideration, you might be making mistakes.

Balcones Dermatology & Aesthetics specializes in a range of services that can help keep your skin healthy and radiant. Board-certified dermatologist David A. Bushore, MD, provides facials, microneedling, chemical peels, and other advanced treatments that can help you achieve great-looking, youthful skin.

Dr. Bushore can also recommend the skin care products you should be using based on your skin’s tone, texture, and health. To help you avoid costly mistakes, here are five skin care tips to keep in mind:

1. Consider your skin type

With thousands of skin care products available, it can be tempting to buy too much. Often, impulse buys include products that aren’t right for your skin.

When looking for new skin care products, consider whether your skin is dry, oily, or sensitive, and look for items that fit. If you’re not sure what products to choose, schedule a consultation at Balcones Dermatology & Aesthetics.

2. Don’t overwash

When you invest in a high-quality facial cleanser, it's important that you don’t overuse it.

Overwashing your face does not increase oil production or cause more acne breakouts. However, it can strip away essential oils on the surface of your skin leading to dryness and irritation. 

Stick to a routine that involves cleansing your face twice a day, and make sure to apply a high-quality moisturizer after each wash.

3. Don’t apply too much

You can waste a lot of time and money applying way too much product on your skin. For instance, a dime-sized amount of moisturizer is generally all you need to cover all areas of your face.

For body moisturizers and cleansers, a grape-sized amount works well. When applying eye serums and other specialized creams, you likely only need to use a rice-sized amount of product.

4. Don’t apply night serums too late

While it’s great to have a nightly routine to keep your skin hydrated and youthful, many people make the mistake of applying moisturizers and night serums right before they get into bed.

If you don’t give your skin enough time to soak up the good stuff, your expensive skin care products will end up all over your pillow. Try to start your night routine at least an hour before bedtime.

5. Store products properly

The way you store your skin care products does matter. For instance, you should always keep creams and lotions out of direct sunlight. The extra heat may make the products you use less effective.

You should also be mindful of protecting your brush and other applicators from excess moisture to keep mold from growing on them. Be sure to clean your supplies and let them dry thoroughly before storing them in a drawer or cosmetic case.

To learn more about which skin care products are a good fit for your skin, call 512-459-4869 or book an appointment online with Balcones Dermatology & Aesthetics today.

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