5 Skincare Mistakes That Will Make You Look Older
You wear sunscreen every day, don't smoke, and spare no expense on
skin creams and potions. But despite your best intentions, you may still
be making errors that can lead to premature aging. Here are five common
skincare blunders to avoid.
1. Over exfoliating
with dry skin often think exfoliating can help by sloughing away flakes
and dead skin cells. But over exfoliation can make dry skin worse by
impairing your skin's ability to hold onto water, making it look dull,
lifeless and older. I've seen patients exfoliate so much they get a rash
that feels like sandpaper!
2. Using the same moisturizer year-round
skin types are oily in summer and dry in winter. This is because there
is less water in the air in the winter and skin can easily become
dehydrated. If you have oily skin, don't assume you should use an
oil-free moisturizer all year--or that you can go without. Instead, use a
serum or lotion when your skin is oily and switch to a richer cream
when it's dry. Many companies include these options in their lines--try
antioxidant-rich Topix Replenix Serum CF for summer and Topix Replenix
Cream CF when the weather gets colder.
3. Using a harsh cleanser
love the tight, tingly feeling they get after using foaming cleansers
and bar soaps, but that feeling just means your natural lipids have been
stripped away, leaving your complexion parched and more prone to
premature wrinkling. Instead, I recommend an oil-based cleanser like Shu
Uemura High Performance Balancing Cleansing Oil. If you can't bear
putting oil on your face, you can always use good old Cetaphil.
4. Going green
love organic products, but when it comes to retinoids and sunscreen,
nothing can replace a chemical formula. There's no natural alternative
to retinoids like Differin and Atralin, and they're the only products
proven to diminish existing wrinkles. Organic sunscreens are just not as
effective as their chemical counterparts, especially if you're going to
be in the sun for prolonged periods. So my advice is to use an organic
cleanser and moisturizer, but until better sunscreens and anti-aging
treatments hit the market, stick with the nonorganic for now.
5. Mixing the wrong ingredients
ingredients are not compatible. For example, neither retinoids nor
hydroquinone should be used in combination with glycolic acid, which
renders them inactive. And you can only use hydroquinone and retinoids
together if they're in a specially formulated product like Tri-Luma. All
of these ingredients fight signs of aging and sun damage--but you have
to use them correctly to get results.
by Leslie Baumann, M.D.