1. Using tanning beds. In case you haven’t heard, the World Health
Organization (WHO) has classified tanning beds as a known carcinogen (i.e.
cancer-causer). And if you want to accelerate the formation of wrinkles and/or
get skin cancer and unsightly brown spots, using a tanning bed is the best way
to do it.
2. Not using SPF daily. One unpublished study by Unilever showed that using
just SPF 5 every day for five years prevented significant sun damage. Do
yourself and your skin a favor and use a moisturizer with at least SPF 15. You’re
moisturizing anyway, right? Most people do not apply enough sunscreen, so using
an SPF of 15 should give you at least an SPF of 5.
3. Getting too much sun. 10 to 15 minutes of unprotected sun a few times a
week can help your body get its vitamin D fix, but if you’re sitting outside at
Starbucks for an hour a day without sunscreen, your skin will remind you years
5. Not using a retinoid. I am often asked “What is the best night cream to
prevent aging?” In my opinion, the family of vitamin A creams known as
retinoids are the best night creams and I believe that everyone over the age of
20 should be using a retinoid at night. This may help prevent aging
and will smooth wrinkles you already have along with preventing acne and
exfoliating the skin.
6. Over-exfoliating. How do you know how much to exfoliate? The answer
is… It depends on your Baumann Skin Type. If your skin is dry, too
much exfoliation strips lipids from the skin, and sensitive types can experience
even more inflammation. Exfoliation is best for oily, resistant types.
7. Using daytime
moisturizer if you have oily skin. If
you’re on the oily side, skip the moisturizer and go straight to the sunscreen.
Sunscreens have hydrating ingredients and very oily types make their own fatty
acids, so they don’t need a moisturizer. (If you have dry spots, apply
moisturizer only to those areas.) Everyone’s skin feels tight after cleansing,
since it takes about 30 minutes for oil glands to replenish the skin—so see how
your skin feels after 45 minutes and then you’ll know if you need moisturizer.
Even better, take the quiz at SkinTypeSolutions.com to determine if your
skin is oily.
8. Paying too much for
skincare. Are expensive skincare
products better? You don’t always get what you pay for. Check out this article to learn when to save and when to
splurge on skin care products.
9. Not knowing your skin
type. If you don’t know your Baumann
Skin Type, you’re probably using the wrong products. Using the right
ingredients can make a significant difference in the appearance of your skin.
10. Not getting a full-body
skin exam every year. Think of this as a
birthday present for your birthday suit—especially if you’ve had two or more bad sunburns in your lifetime. Find a
dermatologist at www.aad.org.