People with dry skin often think exfoliating can help by sloughing away flakes and dead skin cells. I have seen clients that have exfoliated so much that their skin feels like sand paper. Over exfoliating can make dry skin worse by impairing your skin’s ability to hold onto water, making it look dull, lifeless and older.
Suggestion: Dermaquest’s Hydrating Gel Mask
Using The Same Moisturizer Year-Round
Some skin types are oily in summer and dry in winter. This is because there is less water in the air in the winter and skin can easily become dehydrated. If you have oily skin, don’t assume you should use an oil-free moisturizer all year, or that you can go without. Instead, use s serum or lotion when your skin is oily during the summer and switch to a richer cream when it’s dry in the winter.
Suggestion: Dermaquest’s Advanced B5 Serum
Using Harsh Cleanser
So many people love the tight, tingly feeling they get after using foaming cleansers and bar soaps, but that feeling just means you have just stripped your acid mantle(natural lipids) away. This will leave your complexion parched and more prone to premature wrinkling.
Suggestion: Dermaquest’s Daily Enzyme Cleanser
I have many clients that love organic products, but when it comes to retinoids and sunscreen, nothing can replace a chemical formula. There’s no natural alternative to retinoid like Differin and Atralin, and they’re the only products proven to diminish existing wrinkles. Organic sunscreens are just not as effective as their chemical counter parts, especially if you’re going to be in the sun for prolonged periods. I suggest my organic clients use an organic cleanser and moisturizer, but use non-organic sunscreens and anti-aging treatments.
Suggestion: Zin Clear SPF 30 (physical sunscreen)
Mixing the Wrong Ingredients
Some ingredients are not compatible. For example, neither retinoid nor hydroquinone should be used in combination with glycolic acid, which renders them inactive. And you can only use hydroquinone and retinoids together if they are in a specially formulated. All of these ingredients fight signs of aging and sun damage, but you have to use them correctly to get results.
Suggestion: Dermaquest’s Skin Lightening Serum