16 Skincare Mistakes To Avoid In Your Routine | 22 Words

Nowadays, self-care seems to be more important than ever. While the world around us continues to burn and make us depressed, it's really vital that we do things to take care of ourselves. For a lot of us, skincare is super therapeutic. It's a routine, morning and night, that we can do to center ourselves and also to take care of our skin.

But just because we love face masks and serums, doesn't mean we're always doing it right.

Skincare is not something to just "wing".

Although it's fun to improvise, you should always do your research when applying anything to that beautiful face of yours. Trends in the beauty world are changing daily, so it's hard to keep up with what works, and what is doing some damage.

You shouldn't just assume everything you read is what you should be doing.

But don't stress! We've done the research for you when it comes to mistakes you could potentially be making in your skincare routine.

Knowledge is power and skincare knowledge is the best of them all.

Take note of these mistakes, avoid them, write about them in your Shop Band.o planner and spread the wealth. Let's all take better care of our skin!

First up? You're probably not properly removing your makeup.

Simply splashing your face with water isn't enough. You've got to remove everything in order to have radiant, healthy skin. Never go to bed with your makeup still on! Even if it looked bomb, it needs to come off before you hit the pillow.

Dr. Melanie Hartmann, a German-based dermatologist, says another common mistake is simply not washing your face enough.

Washing your face once at night sometimes isn't enough. It's important to wash in the morning too, especially if you have oily skin. The next skincare mistake is super avoidable.

You may not be exfoliating properly.

Here's the thing about exfoliating: you should be doing it once or twice a week. It's an important step in skincare - it gets rid of all the nasty, dead skin. Also, your face will feel baby-smooth after.

If you're not getting enough water and sleep, your skin will suffer.

If you don't drink enough water, your skin will be super dry and flaky. And let's be real: nobody wants that. If you're not getting enough sleep, you'll be able to tell by the quality of your skin. According to Dr. Hartmann, when you're asleep your body and skin repairs itself.

Don't forget to massage.

This is a step that tons of people miss and probably don't even think about. Massaging your skin, particularly in the evening, can help give a fresh glow. Just make sure your hands are clean!

The order matters.

The order of your skincare routine makes a huge difference. According to Dr. Hartmann, you should first remove your makeup, then use a cleanser, followed by exfoliator or toner, treatments (serums, mists, etc.), eye cream, moisturizer and finally oil then SPF.

You're probably not using a silk pillowcase.

Skincare doesn't end in the bathroom. It actually matters how you're sleeping - a silk pillowcase helps reduce the chance of getting wrinkles. Keep reading for more skincare mistakes to avoid.

Leaving your face bare for more than a minute after cleansing is bad news.

You would think after cleansing that you're in the clear, but that's not that case. According to celebrity esthetician Renee Rouleau, if you don't immediately follow cleansing with a toner or moisturizer, you'll dehydrate that beautiful skin of yours.

Using the wrong products for your skin type.

It's probably not a good idea to go to CVS or Sephora and blindly grab any product that seems appealing. It's really important to shop for your skin type. Do some research before you buy a product.

Not taking care of your blemishes the right way.

Rouleau says that if you treat a blemish the wrong way, it won't heal properly. Always research how to treat whichever kind of blemish you're dealing with, before just picking at it or applying a random medication.

Never skimp on sunscreen.

You've heard it a thousand times, but that doesn't make it any less important. Use sunscreen every single day, rain or shine.

Stop using alcohol-based toners.

Alcohol-infused toners will dehydrate and dry out your skin. (Kind of like when you drink alcohol, too). The next skincare mistake is a serious one.

Stop washing your face with bar and hand soap!

This one makes us cringe. Washing your face with hand or bar soap is so terrible for your skin - it strips it of all the water it needs. It's a huge no-no.

Don't use too much moisturizer.

You wouldn't think this is a thing, but it totally is. If you use too thick of a layer of moisturizer, you will clog your precious pores. Nobody wants clogged pores!

You're using too many products at once.

We all get excited about new products and want to use them at the same time. But it's important to take your time and really test things out so you know how it reacts with your skin. Patience goes a long way with skincare.

Don't avoid the dermatologist.

Going to the doctor - no matter which kind - can give anyone anxiety. But don't let your fear of a doctor keep you from going to a professional when it comes to your skin. You might think you know how to handle a blemish or your acne or wrinkles, but always consult with your dermatologist before trying anything big. They are there to help you and answer your questions!

Treat your skin well. It's part of you and it's the only skin you get.

Ultimately, just take the time to learn about your skin and to take care of it. There's nothing wrong with some good, old-fashioned self-love. Share this with your friend who spends way too much money at Glossier!