November 16, 2015 Stacy Cox Spotlight

Skincare Mistakes You're Making According to an Esthetician

Here at MDC, we would love to think that we have all the answers for you. However, there are certain issues that require the insight of a pro. Today we asked skincare guru Stacy Cox to fill us in on the common skincare mistakes we all make … and how to avoid them!

Skincare Mistakes

I believe the saying goes, "Do as I say, not as I do." So, as an honest person, I feel compelled to be completely transparent here. I, too, pick at my skin at times, have been known to use a dirty makeup brush in a brash moment. And here's my biggest (and possibly most shameful) admission: I don't wear sunscreen everyday. To err is human and I just painted myself as the most human esthetician ever. And now that I've bared my soul, let’s talk about some of the mistakes, bad habits and beauty ruts so many of us fall into.

1. Skipping the Sunscreen

Most people believe if they aren't headed to the beach or sitting in direct sunlight they can skip the SPF. This is so not true. People also think if it's a cloudy day there's no point in applying sunblock to your face. Truth be told, you can get an even worse burn on a cloudy day than on a sunny one. Even driving your car to and from work can expose you to UVA/UVB rays via your windshield and car windows. It may be indirect but it's still there. So, making an SPF of 30 or more a standard part of your beauty routine is crucial, not only to avoid any skin cancer, but also to slow down the rate at which we're aging our skin.

Product Recommendations: La Roche-Posay Anthelios 30, Kiehl’s Super Fluid UV Defense SPF 50+, L’Oréal Paris Advanced Suncare Alcohol-Free Clear Spray SPF 30

2. Taking Hot Showers

It's so tempting, right. What is it about piping hot showers that magically relieves tension and stress?  Why is something that feels so good so very bad for your skin? Super hot showers can strip your skin of essential moisture and healthy oils. I recommend taking warm (rather than hot) showers going forward.

3. Not Moisturizing Oily Skin

Regardless of your skin type, moisturizing daily is a non-negotiable. It's beauty folklore that those with oily skin don’t need added moisture. Here’s the thing: Without moisturizer, oily skin will overcompensate for the lack of consistent hydration by producing more oil, which can lead to breakouts.Moisturizer adds water and hydration to the skin, not oil, so it’s a good thing. 

Product Recommendations: Garnier Skin Care Everyday Hydration Moisture Rescue Refreshing Gel Cream, Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Oil-Free Lotion, L’Oréal Paris Ideal Moisture Dry Skin Day Lotion SPF 25

4. Sleeping With Your Makeup On

Just because you had a long day or a wild night out, doesn’t mean you can skip washing your makeup off before you hit the hay. We’ve all done it, but we can’t allow it to be a recurring thing! When makeup becomes impacted in pores, it makes the pores appear larger. And, as we age and our collagen levels diminish, the pore won't snap back as easily as it did before. Need I convince you any further?  I think you get the picture. 

5. Picking & Popping Your Pimples

Here's the bitter reality: When we try to pop a pimple, we tend to squeeze from the side, which results in the infection moving down, deeper into the pore. My best advice here is to avoid picking if possible and applying a blemish treatment to help dry out the blemish. Try a solution with benzoyl peroxide or salicylic acid for a more traditional solution.

6. Using Dirty Makeup Brushes

This mistake does more damage than you think. Avoid gross dirt and makeup build-up by investing in a brush cleaner. Once a week, give your brush collection a five-minute bath (especially your foundation brush and makeup sponges).

Want to get your skin to a better place? Check out our latest skincare tips and tricks.



    About the Author: Stacy Cox is a Los Angeles-based esthetician and owner of day spa Pampered People in Studio City, California.