As an aesthetician, I spend a lot of time correcting skin mishaps, from the unexpected side effects of harsh products to post-laser scarring (which typically only occurs if you really mess up your SPF). In this article, we’re going to discuss the 4 ways you’re hurting your skin without knowing it. I’ve also made plenty of mistakes myself since it can be pretty tempting to act as my own personal guinea pig. I’ve rounded up the most common slip-ups below—the good news is that they’re super easy to avoid once you know about them.
4 Ways You’re Hurting Your Skin Without Even Knowing It
1. Overusing Exfoliants
This is what happens when you go too hard on your exfoliants: As you’re exfoliating away, a vital component of your skin, called the lipid barrier, starts to dissolve. When too much has been removed, your skin’s barrier becomes compromised. There are a host of symptoms you can experience if you’ve overdone it with acids or scrubs: Best-case scenario, your skin becomes dry and dehydrated; worst case, your skin becomes exceptionally sensitive, burning, and irritated.
Accidentally overprocessing your skin from time to time isn’t too big of an issue. Your skin may be uncomfortable for a bit, but if you let it heal, then you’re back to business as usual. The major concern comes when we’re dealing with chronic symptoms from doing too much. Whether you experience persistent dry skin, dehydration, inflammation, or irritation, all of these issues can lead to premature aging over time (which I’m pretty confident we’re all trying to avoid).
This doesn’t mean you should avoid using chemical or physical exfoliants in your routine. They can be essential in maintaining glow. You could have the perfect product but need to use it less frequently. Excessive use of these products can damage your skin. Or maybe what you’re using is actually too potent for what your skin can tolerate. It’s sort of like a choose-your-own-adventure for your skin’s unique disposition. One good rule of thumb is to start at a lower concentration and work your way up. Continue reading 4 Ways You’re Hurting Your Skin Without Even Knowing It.