The 6 Skincare Mistakes You're Probably Making

Here are some of the biggest mistakes to avoid, according to a Dermatologist, along with what do instead.

Mistake #1: Cleansing too often

Vivian Shi, MD, a dermatologist and an assistant professor at the University of Arizona says that “When you’re cleansing constantly, the soap from the face wash can strip the top layer of oil on the skin and trigger the release of more oil, which can cause clogged pores, whiteheads and blackheads.”

 For balanced skin, she recommends cleansing no more than twice a day, then following with a moisturizer.


Mistake #2: Tugging at your eye area

Nothing against laugh lines, but rubbing and pulling at the thin, delicate skin around your eyes could make them pop up before their time.

Here are the steps how to take off eye makeup without vigorous rubbing:

  • hold a remover-soaked cotton pad against your lids for about 30 seconds before gently whisking it away.
  • Use a light touch when putting on your eye cream, too: Just pat it along your contours with your ring finger, which applies less pressure than your other digits.
  • Keep tap-tap-tapping until the cream sinks into your skin.

Mistake #3: Choosing the wrong products for your skin type

Stick with items that are designed to give your skin type what it needs. If you have dry skin, opt for a regimen that delivers extra moisture. If you're prone to breakouts, scan your product labels for ingredients that prevent acne, such as salicylic acid.

The ideal product texture varies based on skin type, too. For example, oilier complexions can handle a foaming face wash, while gentle, creamy cleansers are best if your skin is sensitive.

 For sensitive types, it’s also about what’s not in your products. Pamper your complexion with cleansers and moisturizers that are free of fragrance and harsh irritants.

Mistake #4: Lathering up all over

We don’t live in hunter-gatherer times anymore, and most people aren’t covered in dirt at the end of the day,” says Dr. Shi.

Save the shower gel for the spots where you have glands or skin folds. "You really only need to apply body wash to what I call the ‘stinky’ areas. That’s behind the ears, the armpits, and your [groin],” explains Dr. Shi. (Be sure to avoid washing the inside of your vagina.)


Mistake #5: Applying too much product

This is the one skincare crime that most of us committing occasionally. Although it's tempting, less is more when it comes to your skincare products.

We live in a culture where we think more is better. But you don’t need to use as much product as you think.

Shocking, but true: “A pea-sized amount of moisturizer is enough to cover the entire face. Beyond that, you’re basically wasting money. Just dab it evenly on the four quadrants—the forehead, each cheek, and the chin area, then spread it out,” says Dr. Shi.

For everything else in your medicine cabinet, this is exactly what size blob to use.


Pea-sized: Face lotions, face creams, and hand and foot creams

Grape-sized: Cleansers, toners/waters, masks, and body moisturizers

Rice-sized: Eye creams, serums, and treatments

A good rule of thumb is to apply the lightest weight product first—like a serum—then layer heavier products such as a lotion, cream, or sunscreen on top.


Mistake #6: Doing your skincare routine immediately before bed

“Apply your skincare products and acne medications at least one hour before bed so they have the chance to work into the skin. Otherwise, all your money is going into your pillowcase and hair,” says Dr. Shi.