6 Common Skincare Mistakes that Damage Your Face

Anar Rafiq
3 min readJun 14, 2021


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When your complexion looks dull and lifeless, it makes you unhappy. You want to look your very best! You splurge on a new skincare routine, but you still don’t get the fresh, dewy skin you want.

There are some mistakes you’re probably making that could damage your skin. It would help if you adopted the correct regimen to maintain skin health and a bright complexion.

Try to check which skincare slips you may be guilty of without even realizing it.

1. Not washing your face at night

Your skin is exposed to pollutants all day. At bedtime, you must wash off the makeup and impurities on your skin.

Nighttime is crucial for your skin’s restorative process. Your skin produces natural nutrients that repair damaged cells and replenish moisture.

When you leave on make-up, it clogs the pores and prevents your skin from breathing. Your skin cannot renew and heal itself.

2. Not double cleansing

Double cleansing is washing your face twice. The first wash removes make-up, and the second one cleanses the skin.

If you are tired at the end of the day, you try to simplify your evening skincare routine. You either rinse off makeup and grime with water or use a cleanser once.

This is dangerous for your skin. You save a couple of minutes, but your pores remain blocked. This way, you lose the benefits of your night products.

3. Skipping out on toners

Toners are important. Make an alcohol-free toner part of your daily skincare regimen. Don’t use an alcohol-based one. It dehydrates the skin.

If you’re not using one because you think it leaves the skin feeling dry, you miss important skin benefits. Toners remove chlorines and minerals found in tap water.

Leave the toner damp on the skin before applying your face cream. It carries the active ingredients of your serum and moisturizer deeper into the skin.

4. Over Exfoliation

Getting rid of impurities for soft, flawless skin is good. But too much exfoliation can aggravate the skin.

Your skin produces oils that keep it supple. Over-exfoliation strips off these essential oils. You can disrupt the balance of your skin and leave it dull, flaky, and irritated.

If you use abrasive tools or apply too much pressure, you can create microtears in your skin.

5. Not moisturizing immediately after cleansing

Knowing when to moisturize your skin is as important as knowing what product to use.

Use your face cream before your skin has dried after cleansing. Applying moisturizer when your skin is damp locks in hydration. It creates a protective layer that leaves your skin firm and radiant.

If you forget to moisturize right away, it leaves your skin prone to dryness and dehydration.

6. Using face cream for the skin under the eyes

The skin under your eyes is thinner and more delicate than the skin on the rest of your face. It tends to dry out and lose moisture.

You must use a cream that’s specially formulated for the skin under the eyes. The delicate skin under your eyes will easily absorb a lightweight eye cream that hydrates the skin.

A Final Word

There you see some common skincare mistakes people make. By following these steps, nothing can stop your skin from appearing velvety-smooth and luminous.