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Common Skincare Mistakes Nearly Everyone Makes

May 04 /2021

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Skincare mistakes: we all make them, or have made them at some point in our lives! The important part though, is to keep learning and keep growing, right? BBE is here every step of the way to help you out with some of these pesky faux pas. It may be time to ask yourself the big question, girlfriend. Are you guilty of committing some of the common skincare mistakes nearly everyone makes?

Skincare mistake numero uno: Using the wrong products for your skin type.

It’s tempting to want to grab the latest skincare product your best friend is raving about. But before you do, take a minute and ask yourself: do you and your girl even have the same skin type?

Considering which products to use based on your skin type is crucial to having an efficient beauty routine on lock. Think of it this way, using a cleanser for oily skin when you feel dryer than the Sahara on most days is not going to benefit that complexion of yours. Similarly, using a thick moisturizing cream won’t work for your pores if you’re prone to acne or oiliness.

Choosing skincare products that are specially formulated for your skin’s tendencies is the first step in curating your perfect self-care ritual, yet failing to do so is an entirely common mistake that people make all of the time.

So how do you know which products are right for you? Well, research for starters is great but knowing your skin and what it likes is even better. And while it may take you a few trial and error situations to really get your faves figured out, the end result is definitely worth it.

Image of the BBE oil control moisturizer in a bathroom setting.

Sleeping with your makeup on or using the wrong makeup remover.

This next common skincare mistake nearly everyone makes is one we’d like to think we *used* to make in our younger years. It’s the nasty mistake of sleeping with your makeup on or just failing to remove it when it’s been on your face for way too long.

Sleeping with your makeup on is bad for a myriad of reasons. It can clog your pores, increase your chances of having breakouts, and is especially troubling for the delicate skin around your eyes as well as your overall eye health. On top of that, it’s a sure-shot way to make your face age faster – which we’re sure you’re not down with.

We recommend washing your face before bed, every single night. What’s more, paying extra attention to using natural yet efficient makeup remover on glam days is a crucial part of truly keeping your skin clean and healthy.

If you’re searching for the perfect makeup removing routine, look no further beautiful. BBE’s got all you need to make sure your pores are clean, comfortable, and ready for bed when you are!

  1. Reach for BBE’s makeup remover. This bad boy will help you say goodbye to the bulk of the products sitting on your skin before you move forward to step 2. Use reusable pads with this product that are both easy on your face, and the environment.
  2. You’re now ready to cleanse! A gentle foaming cleanser full of naturally nourishing ingredients is just what you need to clean out those pores, without over-drying your face. If you want to take it to the next level, pair this product with reusable makeup removing pads that will allow you to scrub less and be kinder to your skin.
Image of a happy BBE girl using the makeup remover and bamboo reusable pads.

Letting unhealthy habits creep into your everyday lifestyle.

We know what you’re thinking. “What does this have to do with skincare?!”

We’re here to tell you, it has everything to do with the health and appearance of your hair, skin, nails, bank account – you get it. We’ll stick to skin in this case, but we can’t stress enough how crucial it is for you to lead a healthy lifestyle if you want a glowing complexion.

A highly common skincare mistake nearly everyone makes is failing to acknowledge how their lifestyle habits affect their faces. Lack of sleep and exercise, a poor diet, and drinking too much alcohol are all bad practices that will cause your skin to suffer.

This is because your skin is an organ. In fact, it’s your largest organ and it reflects the overall condition of your body. Think of how tired you look after a poor night’s sleep, or how those breakouts seem to creep up when you’re lacking in the h20 department.

Luckily, this is an easy mistake to correct. Drink your water, get your sleep, and load up on superfruits in your diet. You’ll feel better, and look better in no time – we promise.

Do you make the common skincare mistake of using soap instead of cleanser?

Ah, the old soap and cleanser debate. What’s the difference between these two anyway? Don’t they both get your skin clean at the end of the day? Well, kind of but not really.

Soap often contains harsh surfactant ingredients that ultimately dry your skin out. Cleansers on the other hand are much milder, and they will keep your skin hydrated without stripping it of the essential oils it needs to be at its healthiest.

So ditch that typical bar of soap you can find at any old drugstore. And please, please do not ever use this as a means to clean your face. Correct this skincare mistake by always having a natural wash or cleanser on hand, like this one.

Image of a meme of a girl crying, that reads "When most guys just wash their face with hand soap and have flawless skin, meanwhile you're doing the ten step Korean skin care routine and your face still won't respect you".

BIG skincare mistake: Not reapplying sunscreen.

If you’re already using SPF on a daily basis, we commend you babe. However, it’s not enough to apply your sunscreen once in the morning and go about your life without reapplying it!

If you’re having a makeup free day (our favorite kind of day), think about reapplying your SPF filled moisturizer once every two hours, especially if you’re out enjoying the outdoors. Opt for a natural sunscreen that won’t feel sticky (or smell stinky) so that reapplication is seamless.

Not a fan of layering on cream? BBE’s got just the thing. Check out our mineral SPF sticks that will make you look forward to sun protection, every day!

Skip this skincare mistake: DIY concoctions that do more harm than good.

Here’s the thing. We love a good DIY face or hair mask once in a while. And you can certainly make your own natural, healthy treatments at home if need be. However, it’s easy to get carried away when you think you’ve become a DIY queen. Unfortunately, that’s where things tend to get a little messy.

Using harsh ingredients such as vinegar and lemon juice for example, are sure-fire ways to harm your skin and cause major irritation. So before you hop on to the DIY wagon for anything skincare-related, do your research! Make sure none of the suggested ingredients are harmful and leave serious formulations to the experts. I mean, that’s why we’re here after all gorgeous.

Being inconsistent with your skincare routine.

This next blunder on our list of common skincare mistakes nearly everyone makes is one we wish we could put out a huge PSA about! So why not start right here, right now, in this blog.

You have probably heard so many people complain about a skincare product or its ineffectiveness. Alternatively, you may be one of those people! Have you ever found yourself questioning a product, without doing the most important thing of all before judging it? What is that “thing” you ask? Give it time.

The same way you can’t expect a diet to work after one day of eating kale, you can’t expect any skincare product to work miracles overnight. All good things take time, and beautiful skin is no exception. So here’s how to correct this common skincare mistake.

When you purchase a product, read or inquire about how long it takes for expected results to become apparent. Give the product a fair shot, and then assess whether it is a keeper or not. Now if you still don’t love it after giving it the recommended use time, we totally condone removing it from your beauty cabinet. We are big proponents of cleaning up your beauty counter on a regular basis. And hey, no useless products deserve valuable real estate on your bathroom vanity.

Image of a happy BBE girl holding up her face wash, a solution to the common skincare mistake of using soap instead of cleanser.

Skipping out on moisturizer is a MAJOR skincare mistake!

We wish we didn’t have to elaborate on this! And we are floored to know that this is even a thing – but some of you beauties out there skimp out on moisturizer! This a huge, common skincare mistake nearly everyone makes, or has made at some point!

Failing to moisturize that pretty face of yours is terrible for many reasons. First off, you’re failing to nourish your skin with the hydration it so deserves. This can lead to dry, parched, pre-maturely aged skin.

Even if you’re on the oily side of the spectrum, your skin still needs moisture. We’ve talked about this before, and will continue to shout it from the rooftops: OILY SKIN NEEDS MOISTURIZER TOO!

So reach for a naturally lightweight product that will ensure your pores are not overproducing sebum to make up for what you’re depriving them of!

Meme of a young Charlie Sheen and an older Charlie Sheen side by side, that reads "Me when I moisturize vs the days I skip my routine".

And finally… Forgetting to change your pillowcase.

You don’t only need a sufficient amount of sleep every night to have beautiful skin. You also need a clean pillowcase.

This last common skincare mistake nearly everyone makes is one that many of us simply do not pay enough attention to. Laying even the cleanest face on a dirty pillow every night is way counterproductive to all of your healthy skin goals.

You should be changing your pillowcase every 3-6 days. This will ensure you’re not sleeping on bacteria every night and will keep your skin blemish-free.

Image of freshly cleaned pillowcases on a bed.

We have no more time for mistakes, honey.

Don’t feel bad if you’re guilty of some of these common blunders we mentioned above. Correct them, and keep it moving beautifully! What are some skincare mistakes you’ve made in the past? How did you break the habit? Let us know down below!

Love & Face Masks,

Carey.

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