New Year Tips: Damaging Skincare Mistakes You’re Probably Making Without Even Realizing It

New Year Tips: Damaging Skincare Mistakes You’re Probably Making Without Even Realizing It

By Laurie Mias

New Year Tips: Damaging Skincare Mistakes You’re Probably Making Without Even Realizing It

Is having youthful, glowing skin in your New Year’s resolution this year? Let’s start from your skincare habit that you stick to. You might have your favorite moisturizers and serums that you follow religiously. Unfortunately, not all skincare habits are beneficial. Here are some common skincare mistakes that might sabotage your skin without even realizing it.

Not realizing toxic ingredients in your skincare

How many times do you actually spend time turning your skincare bottle and reading the ingredients? You might be surprised to know how many harmful chemicals that make their way to your skincare products. While the EU and FDA have banned obvious toxic ingredients like mercury compounds, chloroform, chloride, and dozens of others from circulation, other harmful chemicals like parabens and petrolatums still appeared in many face products. 

MONO makes sure that all of its face and body care are made with strict purity standards. Instead of synthesized and harsh ingredients, all MONO products are packed with clinically proven preBIOTICS supporting the skin’s microbiota which will maintain your skin biodiversity, strengthen the skin’s barrier, and boost overall skin health. 

Thinking that oily skin doesn’t need moisturizer

The easiest mistake almost everyone makes is thinking that moisturizer makes an oily face go worse. Oily skin secretes more sebum which indicates an imbalance in your skin microbiome. You need the right moisturizer to help restore balance in your skin so that your skin gets that healthy, hydrated plump! 

Always moisturize, and adjust the moisturizer with what your skin needs. 


Exfoliating too much

With issues like oily skin, textures, and pimples, it’s tempting to go overboard with over-exfoliating. Exfoliating is important; it strips away dead skin cells and dirt from your face, unclogs pores, buffing the skin, and smooths it out. However, too much exfoliating with both chemical or physical exfoliants will remove the protective barrier of your skin, exposing it to sun damage and toxins.

Keep your exfoliation routine for 2 to 3 times a week, maximum. 


Rarely exfoliating 

Simply washing your face is not enough. As exfoliation opens up the pores and cleans up excess sebum and irritants, it keeps blackhead and acne at bay. It also helps better absorption of skincare, so always put exfoliation in your routine. 


Using harsh ingredients that strip away your skin

Ever think that the tight and dry feeling after washing up your face is a good sign of clean skin? Well, you need to stop doing that, because it’s a sign that your face wash is too harsh for your skin. People with oily and acne problems often think that they need to dry out their skin, while the harsh chemical strips away skin’s natural oil and moisture, leading to irritation and more skin problems. Watch out for cleansers with sulfates, alcohol, and fragrance that are harsh on the skin. Try MONO Ultra-Gentle Face Cleanser. The soft-cleaning formula is packed with probiotics that can clean away dirt and impurities without disrupting the delicate balance of your skin.  

Also, you need to stop using facial wipes—or use that only during travel. It cannot clean your skin pore-deep and is harsh on the skin. The swiping gestures and texture of the wipes also cause friction to the skin. Instead, opt for a gentle cleanser and double-cleansing technique to remove the makeup while maintaining the skin’s health. 

Harsh scrub particles can also cause micro-tears and damage your skin. If you prefer to use physical exfoliation, choose exfoliation beads that are gentler to the skin. 


Not using sunscreen regularly

How many times have you skipped sunscreen just because the sky gets a bit cloudy? Sunscreen is not just for sunny days at the beach. As long as the sun rays reach the earth, you’ll need to protect your skin with sunscreen every day, all year long. Even during rainy and winter days.