Have you ever heard the saying, “If I only had known then what I know now?” For me, this phrase is particularly applicable to the skincare products I used throughout my teenage years. I can clearly remember always wearing the wrong foundation for my skin type, and the hundreds of breakouts that resulted. Because I was naïve and didn’t know any better, I wasn’t aware that a simple change in my skincare products was all that would be required in order to reinvigorate the poor condition of my skin. I just thought that it would clear up and get better as I got older, but by the time I reached 29, not much had changed.
If only I would have known that using quality skincare products—based on my specific skin type—could have revolutionized my entire complexion, I would have changed in an instant. If so, I probably could have saved myself and my friends from an awful lot of embarrassment.
Why Should You Care About Using Quality Skincare Products?
At this point, you may be thinking to yourself, “So you saw a big change in your complexion after switching skincare products. That’s great! Now why should I care?” Quite simply: Because taking care of your skin correctly today is much easier (and less pricey) than being forced to repair it tomorrow. And what’s the easiest way to damage your skin? By using cheap skincare products. This is because the cheap ingredients found in these products contain less of the “useful stuff” (e.g. filler) that doesn’t deliver results, as well as lower quality chemicals and fragrances that will irritate—and ultimately damage—your skin.
So, instead of reaching your 30s and realizing that you made a lot of skincare mistakes during your teenage years, let me help you learn to avoid these four major skincare mistakes:
Skincare Mistake #1 – Choosing Price Over Purity
When looking at the price tag of a high-quality skincare product, I’ll be the first to admit that it can sometimes result in sticker shock. But in the long run, the fact is that choosing the correct products based on your specific skin type can be less expensive than the alternative. But why is this?
Imagine that you purchase a cheap product that ultimately doesn’t work for your skin type. Either it dries it out, causes it to be too oily, or results in breakouts, and you just can’t continue using it. So what’s the first thing you’ll do? Go out and buy a different product, right? Well in the long run, this can cost you much more money than if you consulted with a professional and purchased the correct product right from the start.
In fact, if you looked in my skincare drawer at home you would find very few items. This is because I’ve spent the necessary time consulting with a professional, and the money required for high-quality products, to know what works for me. And ultimately, this costs me much less than bouncing around between cheap products, or something that smells good, and randomly hoping that it works. After all, I’m not trying to “perfume” my face; I’m trying to help it heal and keep it healthy.
Skincare Mistake #2 – Believing that TV is Reality
Here’s the cold, hard truth: You’ll rarely see a great skincare product being advertised on TV. This is because the point of a television advertisement is to appeal to as many people as possible, and consequently to sell as much of their product as possible. And to do this, they need to convince you that they’re selling a one-for-all product, which almost never works as advertised.
And don’t think that just because a celebrity is endorsing the product that it’s something you should use, either. These celebrities (and the companies that sponsor them) often care much more about the money their earning than the results their product produces.
Mistake #3 – Buying Something Recommended by a Friend
No matter how well-meaning your friends may be, it’s best to take skincare product advice only from a professional. The reason for this is pretty simple: Everyone has different skincare needs, and it’s unlikely that a product that worked for your best friend will work for you in the exact same way.
When it comes to your skin, don’t just try to “fit in.” Talk with a professional, and use what works.
Mistake #4 – Not Educating Yourself
Even though we’re discussing skincare education last, it’s often the biggest (and most important) hurdle to achieving the best results. Because you’ll be using skincare products for a very long time, it’s absolutely essential that you take the time to properly educate yourself on the dos and don’ts.
You’ve probably noticed a running theme throughout this article; all your skincare products—including face wash, toner, lotion, foundation, and cover up— need to be based on your specific skin type. This is because each product in your skincare regimen acts as a building block (or foundation) for the next. In other words, if one of these products is not right for your skin, it can throw everything else out of whack. For example: If you have oily skin, but are using lotion intended for individuals with dry skin, this can affect how your foundation reacts with your skin—even though you may have the correct type of foundation. It’s like a domino effect; one thing falls, and the rest comes quickly thereafter. Ultimately, you may even end up feeling like your makeup is wrong, trying out a new brand, and spending money that you don’t need to.
Instead, it’s best to purchase quality skincare products that tackle your specific problems in the first place. Most of these brands provide extensive education to their customers on how to choose the correct product for their skin type, so use this to your advantage.
Lesson Learned: Start with a Solid Foundation
If you are just now entering into the world of high-quality skincare products, then Dermalogica is a great place to start. With their Clear Start skincare line, the company is committed to providing you with healthier skin through education, innovation, and professional recommendations—not through sparkly packaging, promises of miracle cures, or overblown hype. As a result, they have been the number one product choice for skincare professionals for more than 25 years.
Let my skincare mistakes help you avoid your own. Don’t just use whatever your friends think is “in” or “cool,” or that you find on sale at your local pharmacy. Instead, start with high-quality products that are formulated specifically for your skin type, and bring out your skin’s natural radiance. Because the better you take care of your skin now, the less you’ll have to spend on it throughout the remainder of your life.
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