5 Skincare Mistakes to Avoid

5 Skincare Mistakes to Avoid

Lately, it feels like skincare advice is coming from everywhere: your mom, your best friend, your favorite TikTok influencer… 

Sometimes it just feels like everyone else is walking around with perfect skin and you’re just doing everything wrong. With so much information out there it can be difficult to figure out what is actually good for your skin and what’s just a common misconception.

Read below to find out the most common skincare misconceptions and how you can fix them:


1. Drinking Water Keeps Your Skin Hydrated

Sure, drinking water will keep you hydrated in general, but water that you drink does not automatically get absorbed into your skin. The best way to ensure your skin is hydrated is to use gentle cleansers and a moisturizer to lock in moisture and keep skin hydrated from the outside in.


2. People with Oily Skin Don’t Need to Moisturize

Many people believe that if your skin is naturally oily there is no reason to add moisturizer on top of it. However, the American Academy of Dermatology Association recommends people with oily skin still use a gentle face wash that won’t strip your skin and moisturize every day to keep skin properly hydrated.


3. You Don’t Need to Wear Sunscreen Inside or During the Fall And Winter

Although you’re probably absorbing most of the sun’s ultraviolet (UV) rays outside, harmful rays from the sun can reach you indoors too through windows and doors! Similarly, the sun’s rays are not gone just because it’s cold out in the fall and winter months.

To protect skin from the harmful UV rays that can cause premature aging, wrinkling, and sun spots, experts recommend applying SPF daily, even if it’s December or you know you’re going to be inside all day.


4. Wearing Makeup Causes Breakouts

It’s a common misconception that wearing makeup can clog pores and cause acne and breakouts. Makeup itself is not clogging your skin; however, if you don’t wash your makeup brushes, use products that are old or have been contaminated with bacteria, or are not properly washing your face after wearing makeup, you may experience breakouts and other skin irritation.


5. You Can Use Products to Shrink Pores

While some makeup products can shrink pores temporarily, the actual size of your pores is more determined by your genetics than anything else. The best way to avoid visibly enlarged pores is to use a gentle facial cleanser, avoid products that can clog your pores, and use products with retinol in them to firm the skin.

How to fix these misconceptions

Unfortunately there’s no quick fix product or routine that will make your skin Snapchat-filter levels of perfect. However, most experts recommend starting with the basics: a gentle cleanser that will clean your skin without stripping pores, and a moisturizer to hydrate your skin and lock in moisture.

Finding the right skincare routine for your skin type can be a challenge. Wake offers a cleanser and a moisturizer that serve as a good base routine for mornings and nights.

  1. Wake’s Facial Cleansing Gel gently cleans skin and removes daily grime while helping skin retain moisture and minimizing the appearance of pores.
  2. Our Daily Face Moisturiser, made with collagen and hyaluronic acid to lock in moisture and reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
  3. Test products that you think might be good additions to your skincare routine. I personally like using the Honey Lip Balm to keep my lips hydrated and the Reinvigorating Daily Toner to promote healthy skin growth and a glowing complexion.

While it won’t solve every issue, keeping your skin clean and hydrated with products like our Facial Cleansing Gel and Daily Face Moisturiser will go a long way towards the clear, healthy skin you deserve.

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