A lot of us are dreaming of having that flawless, radiant skin. If you’re like me, you’ll do anything to take good care of it. Some of us even spend a lot on expensive beauty products to ensure the best care possible. But not all of us know that some things that we do, actually cause more harm than good to our skin.

Let’s get to know these common mistakes before they cause damage to your skin.

Not washing your face before going to bed

Washing your face at night before rolling into bed, is a rule of thumb. But some people often neglect this step, especially those who don’t usually wear makeup. It is an absolute must to regularly wash your face every night without fail because natural oils and sweat accumulate on your skin during the day. And we are exposed to the environment, which means that dirt and pollution build up on the outer layer of our skin. Not removing all this dirt nightly will eventually cause skin irritation, inflammation and acne breakouts.

Exfoliating daily

Exfoliating is undeniably an important part of a healthy skin care regimen. But most people over do it with chemical exfoliators like peels, acids and manual exfoliators such as scrubs and cleansing brushes, when in fact all we need is a clean cotton washcloth.

It is also important to exfoliate only once a week. Over scrubbing can lead to microscopic tears in the outer skin layer leading to inflammation and irritation. Generally speaking, most people do not need to exfoliate more than once or twice per week.

 Not properly removing your makeup

Double cleansing is an important pre-shower step, especially if you’re wearing makeup. If you don’t properly take makeup off, it can clog your pores, leading to acne.

Cleaning your face with a disposable cleansing cloth is not good enough. The cloths are formulated with so many preservatives that allow them to be stored for long periods of time without growing bacteria and fungus. Although they remove makeup and dirt, they also leave behind residue. Use them first to remove makeup if needed, then rinse away residue and residual oils and bacteria with a gentle cleanser.

Using the wrong cleanser for your skin type

Some products might work well for your friend but it doesn’t mean that it will work for you too. That is why it is important to choose products that are suited for your skin type.

If you have sensitive skin, stick to a hydrating, gentle cleanser.

If you have oily skin or are acne-prone, it is recommended that you use a foaming oil-free cleanser formulated with salicylic acid to remove excess oil and dirt.

If your skin tends to be more on the dry side, you’ll fare better using a cream cleanser that can help your skin’s top layer retain more moisture.

For getting your neck

The neck is often forgotten when it comes to skin care, which is why it shows someone’s age.

Use your finger tips to massage from the midline of the face down to include the neck. This stimulates the skin’s inner cleaning system, also known as the lymphatic system.

Are you guilty of any of them? If yes, start changing your ways before you regret it later. Always remember that proper cleansing prevents most acne breakouts and will improve your skin health as a whole.

Need more skin care help? Visit a dermatologist near you like, Associated Dermatologists for professional advice.