3 Biggest Skincare Mistakes That Make You Look Older
Women worried about fine lines, wrinkles, and other signs of aging need to avoid these common mistakes that can add years to their appearance
The signs of aging are most obvious on the face and neck, which is why women spend thousands of dollars a year on beauty and cosmetic treatments that help “reverse” the signs of aging. Most women don’t realize that genetics only plays a very small role in how the skin ages — daily routines and lifestyle factors play a bigger role in how wrinkles, lines and hyper-pigmentation develop — which means many women can control how their skin looks as they get older.
Here are three of the biggest skincare faux-pas that can add years to a woman’s appearance.
Mistake #1: Feeding Skin Toxins Every Day
Thousands of beauty products, including high-end brands, are loaded with chemicals that can wreak havoc on your skin and health over time. Some of the worst offenders include: parabens, alpha and beta hydroxy acids, hydroquinone, and benzophenone (chemicals banned in Europe), fragrances, and PFAs and PEGs. These ingredients can cause cellular damage to the skin which can accelerate skin aging.
Many of these can also trigger hormone imbalances, thyroid problems and chronic health conditions.
Mistake #2: Over-Exfoliating Skin
Masks, scrubs and cleansers can help to detoxify the skin but too much of a good thing can cause skin distress. Scrubbing away dead skin cells is important but too much exfoliation can leave your skin vulnerable to breakouts and skin damage.
A lot of women don’t realize how damaging this can be to the skin. The result? Frail, thinning, and inflamed skin that doesn’t respond well to makeup or even to moisturizers.
Mistake #3: Using “Poser Organic” Skincare Products
There are now dozens of organic and “all natural” skincare brands out there but few are as pure as they claim to be. Since there is very little regulation and restriction on using terms like “organic”, “wild-crafted”, and “100% natural”, it’s easy to see how some companies can still sell products with artificial ingredients.
If a skincare product doesn’t say USDA Certified Organic on the label, there’s a good chance it contains synthetic additives, such as dyes, chemical fertilizers, and even pesticides. This is not good news for your skin — especially if you’re worried about the effects of aging.
But there is some good news. Thanks to one company based in Geneva, IL, women concerned about wrinkles, looseness, and “old-looking” skin, can turn to a natural 10-second daily ritual to help smooth and rejuvenate skin.
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