Big Skincare Mistakes You’re Making

When it comes to the health of your skin, sometimes a small mistake can lead to a big problem. Here in sunny Florida, our skin is exposed to harsh sunlight, pollutants, and crazy weather conditions, making proper skincare even more important. In this post, we’ll talk about some of the biggest skincare mistakes you’re probably making and how to fix them with high-quality cosmetic medical care.

1. Not Using Sunscreen

Repeat after us…sunscreen is for EVERY DAY! Especially in places like Tampa Bay, where the sun is out and shining most of the time, wearing sunscreen every day is vital. Sun damage wreaks all sorts of havoc on your skin, including making you age prematurely, so ward off its bad effects with a barrier of quality sunscreen. Apply a broad-spectrum sunscreen with at least SPF 30 every day to every part of your body that is exposed to the sun’s rays. Since UV rays can penetrate windows, apply sunscreen even if you stay indoors all day. This includes the face, neck, back of the neck, décolletage, and chest on all days, and maybe even the shoulders, back, arms, hands, legs, and feet depending on your outfit. If you’re out sunbathing on our beautiful Gulf coast shores, slather down from head to toe. Don’t forget to reapply every two hours!

2. Exfoliating Too Much

Exfoliation is a great way to slough off that layer of dead skin and reveal bright, new, healthy skin underneath. However, exfoliating too much can cause a whole host of problems, including irritation, dryness, and breakouts. For most people, we don’t suggest exfoliating more than 2-3 times weekly, and for harsh exfoliants, this may be too much. Always follow an exfoliant product’s instructions for how often to use it, or consult with a qualified dermatologist or aesthetician about how often you should be exfoliating your skin and what type of exfoliant is best for you.

3. Not Considering Your Skin Type

Skin type matters when choosing your skincare routine. If you choose a routine that isn’t right for your skin type, you are risking causing oiliness, dryness, redness, irritation, and more. There are lots of online resources available to help you determine your skin type, or if you need assistance, consult with a qualified skincare professional. Not only can they pinpoint your exact skin type, but they can also make informed recommendations on the best skincare products for you.

4. Ignoring the Neck and Décolletage

If you’re only taking care of your face but ignoring everything below the jawline, you’re not going to be happy with the way your neck and décolletage look in a few years. These areas are constantly exposed to sunlight and other environmental stressors, so they need the same TLC that your face gets. All the same, products that you use on your face are safe for these areas too, so be sure not to skip them for the healthiest, most youthful complexion possible.

5. Skipping Your Nighttime Routine

We’re all guilty of going to bed without washing our face, but it’s a big skincare no-no, especially if you’re wearing makeup. Our skin goes through many reparative processes while we sleep, meaning that it needs to be as clean and hydrated as possible before bed to be able to repair itself optimally. Always take off your makeup, cleanse, tone, and moisturize before you lay down to sleep and wake up to a replenished and restored you!

6. Overlooking Professional Skincare Treatments

It’s easy to brush off professional skincare as being too expensive or unnecessary, but the skin-nourishing treatments and products we provide here at Ultimate Image Cosmetic Medical Center are well worth the investment. Our treatments penetrate much deeper than traditional, store-bought skincare products, getting down to the root of your skin problems and repairing damage from the inside out. We offer something for everyone, including people dealing with wrinkles, fine lines, hyperpigmentation, acne scarring, uneven skin tone, excessive dryness, and more. Choose from chemical peels, laser resurfacing treatments, microdermabrasion, medical-grade skincare products, and more at our state-of-the-art Tampa Bay facility and boost up your skin’s healing and restorative abilities.

Let Ultimate Image Turn Those Mistakes Around

Beautiful, healthy skin begins with information. At Ultimate Image in Clearwater and Tampa, we prioritize educating our clients on how to best care for their skin, including what to and what not to do. Don’t fall victim to the common skincare mistakes mentioned above that are keeping you from having that radiant glow you’ve been dreaming of…schedule your skincare consultation today by calling (727) 799-7000 or messaging us online. Together we can turn those skincare mistakes around and start working toward the healthiest skin of your life!