You totally have adulting down except for staying up too late, working too much, and not taking care of your adult skin. Skincare is a nagging challenge for adult women. Acne-prone skin, aging skin, winter skin, pregnancy skin – it’s all complicated for us ladies.
Plus, do you know where you fit on the spectrum of “aging” products? I was a bit confused too!
You may be lucky to have clear skin all year long, so this post may not be for you, but read it for a friend, okay?
It’s super annoying to look in the mirror and see a blackhead, small whiteheads, or red pimples, and mysterious lines and creases. Not a cute look by any means.
Yes, you may have guessed a lot of skin issues are due to diet, age, and environment. One thing is for sure, there are hacks to achieve clear skin in any environment, all year long, even as an adult.
My skin type is “combination/oily,” that means there are basically two different skin types on my face. Lucky me!
Combination/oily skin makes it complicated to treat, but there’s hope. I know what works for this type of skin.
I’ve perfected this routine and now I have ways to combat acne-prone skin.
My skincare routine has been the same for most of my adult life. Creature of habit. I may change out the products, but overall, there’s a facewash and moisturizer in the routine as my must-have products.
But there are those times when my regular routine did not work.
One of those times was when I was pregnant and another time was a few weeks ago! It’s been a stressful time because it is like hades here in Texas and we are moving after selling the house we lived in for years. Click the link to read it.
Environmental stress like heat and physical stress like moving can be a shock to your body’s largest organ.
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Mistakes Adults Make with Skincare
If you have acne-prone skin, there are several things you can do to stop the stress on your pores.
Because I have oily skin, I love to do this regimen twice a day:
I use an anti-aging face wash like this one
and this as an oil deterrent/moisturizer, shine free moisturizer from Formula 10.0.6
Not applying your skincare products in the right order
Here’s the perfect order to apply your skincare products: make-up remover, cleanser, moisturizer, exfoliator or toner, treatments.
Even the best products won’t benefit you if they’re applied incorrectly.
Not adding moisturizer to your skin is a big mistake.
Regardless of your skin type (yes, even those who battle acne), hydration is key. Hormonal changes as we age make skin drier and decrease its ability to keep moisture in.
Dryness also makes lines and wrinkles look worse. To boost hydration without clogging pores, switch to a milk or cream cleanser and layer a lightweight serum under a noncomedogenic moisturizer like Neutrogena Deep Moisture Night Cream before bed. Also, Why not try a moisturize in a gel form rather than a cream?
Not giving love to the undereye area
Your eye area is so thin that even a few minutes of sun exposure can cause collagen and elastin to start breaking down. Shove some love to the undereye with this.
Hand raised here, I’m guilty!
Not removing eye makeup
This is very common, but don’t forget to do this at night or after a workout. Removing your make-up can make the difference between gorgeous skin that is radiant skin and a complexion that looks dull and has clogged pores. I like to go makeup-less sometimes and get the Alicia Keys look so making sure all the makeup is off is a must for me.
Not washing your face enough
It is recommended to cleanse twice daily, once in the morning and once at night. However, if your skin is on the sensitive side, one cleanse at night will work. I’m not a dermatologist, but I’ve done my research on what the experts recommend.
Exfoliating too much or too little
Another detail for radiant skincare is removing layers of dead skin. Don’t exfoliate too much, try it at least once or twice a week depending on your skin type. The benefits or exfoliating is a natural healthy glow and brighter skin.
Not massaging your skin
Don’t forget your skin is an organ, a quick massage can help skin relax and stimulate cell metabolism and blood circulation, leaving it looking fresh and rejuvenated.
Not getting enough sleep and water
I try ya’ll, truly I do, but the eight glasses a day can be rough fitting in as a working mom. Sigh.
The rule is eight-to-eight: eight glasses of water and eight hours of sleep!
Your skin needs hydration and rest so you can tackle the world and keep your creative prowess in mega drive.
Missing your eight glasses of water can lead to dry and dull looking skin. While asleep your body and skin repairs, regenerates and rejuvenates, perhaps you can try to get to bed 5 minutes earlier each day for a week? Let me know in the comments how it turns out, will you?
Clear Skin Lovers
Wear Sunscreen Daily
To prevent sun damage, skin cancer, wrinkles, and sunburn, wear at least SPF 30 every day—shoot for 50 if you’ll be stepping outside. Remember to cover your face, décolletage, hands, and any exposed skin, and reapply every couple of hours to be sure you’re protected.
Use UV protection for all skin types and complexions year round! Many foundations and moisturizers come with UV protection.
Exercise does more than just burn calories, it delivers oxygen to our skin so you can get that sun-kissed glow!
Never Pick Your Pimple
I thought I was done with zits in my teen life but sometimes I get a breakout. The American Academy of Dermatologists say some adults continue to get acne well into their 30s, 40s, and even 50s. It is even possible to get acne for the first time as an adult.
Some people pick zits because they are hard to resist. Picking pimples likely will make it look worse and leave a scar.
Treat your breakout with salicylic acid until the inflammation goes down. If you absolutely must pop a pimple, make sure it’s ready (only pop whiteheads!) and use clean, dry hands and an extractor.
Mobile Phones — Friend or Foe?
We use our phones daily for calls, but the face of the phone has nasty bacteria buildup that can wreak havoc on our delicate skin’s surface. Plus the blue light that emits from the phone can produce free radicals which can cause early aging. The research is found here.
Surprising Skincare Treatments
Now we know that neglecting your skin care routine is a mistake, here are some natural treatments to fix it.
Neglecting natural products
You may not know all the natural products for your skin. I’ve researched a few natural/homemade skincare products:
Tea tree oil actually acts as an anti-fungal that kills pimple-causing bacteria. This oil is great for combination/oily skin.
Try a mask that’s packed with hydrating ingredients that won’t irritate your skin. My favorites are chamomile flower-extract and avocado oil, which is a lifesaver for dry, itchy skin.
Clay warms up your skin and gets rid of pore-clogging dirt and oil, while natural oils (like rosehip) leave your skin feeling soft and moisturized.
There you have it! 15 Skin Care Mistakes You’re Making As An Adult (and solutions!).
Yes, we’ve all fallen asleep with our makeup on once (or a bazillion times), just keep it real.
We all know the drill wash, moisturize, and wear sunscreen, repeat. Easier said than done right!
Review the current state of your skin and tailor products to address whatever issues you’re dealing with now, whether it’s dullness, brown spots, wrinkles, or some mysterious combination of all of the above.
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