Between well-meaning friends, skincare pros, news articles and social media, there are a million opinions on what you should be using for your skin care woes. While you may be well-versed in skin health, most of us could use a refresher course on skincare basics - including what to avoid. In this quick read, we’ll review some of the most common skincare mistakes we all make - and how to avoid them!
1. Skipping Your Skin Cleansing
You didn’t wear makeup today, so you may think you can skip cleansing your skin. However, taking a little extra time to properly cleanse your skin will pay off big time in reaching your skin goals.
Even without makeup, your skin is exposed to a myriad of external aggressors each day. From pollution to UV rays to cigarette smoke, your skin takes the brunt of the toxins in your environment. Even if your skin doesn’t feel dirty, cleansing helps remove impurities and protect your skin barrier.
Cleansing your skin twice daily - morning and night - may help recalibrate your skin’s natural oil production. Your skin produces sebum to protect and moisturize your skin, but skin that makes too much or too little can be problematic. Using a mild cleanser in the morning and evening can help restore this balance without stripping skin.
For a quick, gentle cleanse, try Prep-N-Glow® Exfoliating and Hydrating Facial Cleansing Wipes. These individually wrapped wipes remove dirt, makeup, and oil. One side cleanses while the other side efficiently exfoliates away dead skin, polishing the skin and leaving it glowing and healthy.
2. Missing Out on Antioxidants
In addition to skipping skin cleansing, not giving your skin the antioxidants it needs is also a big-time skin no-no. Antioxidants protect your skin from free radical damage. Your skin produces free radicals when exposed to environmental stressors like UV rays, pollution, and even secondhand smoke. Free radicals can damage healthy skin and lead to early signs of skin aging. Antioxidants work to protect healthy skin, keeping it youthful and healthy.
Using an antioxidant serum is an easy way to load up on vital antioxidants and keep your skin healthy. NuFACE Super Antioxidant Booster Serum is packed with green tea extract, which packs powerful antioxidants. It’s also formulated with hyaluronic acid to boost hydration and a blend of berries that provides antioxidant protection to your skin.
To use, apply serum to fingertips and massage into clean, dry skin until fully absorbed, and then follow up with a microcurrent activator or moisturizer.
3. Going Without Sunscreen
Adding sunscreen to your skincare routine can seem like an extra step that you don’t need, especially if you are indoors or the forecast is cloudy. However, your skin is still exposed to UV rays. While in your car, on your commute, or stepping outside on break, your skin is exposed to sunlight, which can damage your skin and cause lackluster skin, fine lines, wrinkles, and discoloration.
Experts agree that no amount of sun is “safe” for your skin. Wearing sunscreen daily is one of the easiest and most foolproof methods of preserving and protecting your skin from lines and wrinkles. Look for moisturizers containing sunscreen if you’d like to streamline your mornings and hit two crucial skincare rituals with one product.
4. Not Moisturizing Thoroughly
Regardless of skin type, all skin needs to be properly moisturized. If you have blemish-prone skin, it can be hard to consider applying moisturizer. Your skin is already producing so much oil it may feel unnatural or counterintuitive to use even more moisture to your already slick skin.
The reality is that sometimes oily skin is skin that is compensating for a lack of moisture. Products typically used to treat blemish-prone skin can dry, causing your skin to produce even more sebum. All skin types, even blemish-prone skin types, deserve moisture. If you have blemishes, consider a gentle, oil-free moisturizer that contains hyaluronic acid. Hyaluronic acid is found naturally in the skin and helps support the skin barrier and your skin’s natural moisture levels.
For more dry, mature, or sensitive skin, consider using a more nourishing formula to smooth and hydrate skin.
5. Not Using Activator Gel With Microcurrent
Microcurrent therapy uses low-level electrical currents to stimulate the skin and the facial muscles to treat the common signs of aging: wrinkles, fine lines, sagging skin, and loss of definition. NuFACE Microcurrent Devices are aesthetician-created and FDA-Cleared, allowing you to tone, lift, and sculpt your skin right in your home.
Using a Microcurrent Activator with your microcurrent treatment is important. NuFACE Activators contain ions and glacial water to effectively conduct microcurrent from the device to your skin to the MUSCLE for optimal treatment results.
If you’re still trying to decide the best activator for your skin type, NuFACE has a guide to the skincare products that work best with Microcurrent Therapy. In addition to your activator, you can also use NuFACE Supercharged IonPlex® Facial Mist to rehydrate it and amplify your treatment results.
Getting Your Best Skin
Caring for your skin doesn’t have to be complicated. Daily cleansing, hydrating, protecting skin, and using proven techniques like microcurrent treatment can help you to achieve your most radiant skin.
If you aren’t using Microcurrent Technology, now is the time. Once only available through your aesthetician, microcurrent is now available for at-home use. NuFACE makes it easy to get similar results and lift and tighten without ever leaving home. Getting started with NuFACE is easy. Starter Kits come with one of our aesthetician-created, FDA-cleared Microcurrent Devices and the necessary Microcurrent Skincare for your best results.