STOP RUINING YOUR SKINCARE ROUTINE! Even More Skincare Mistakes ✖ James Welsh
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Today I want to share some more skincare mistakes that I used to make. That I really feel, did ruin my skincare routine, you know. You can have the most perfect skincare routine that you think works for you, but, but there can be these little things that you’re doing that’s stopping your skin from being the best it can be.
And these videos are purely based on mistakes I used to make, and then when I stop them, they improve my skin, and I want to share that with you. Before we get into the video, I have bills I need to pay, and today’s sponsor is Skillshare.
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I used to break out so much along here. I’d actually like, sit there, like picking spots in my hairline, and thinking, ‘why am I getting it here?’ I would change the hair product that I’m using, I would go from oil based to water-based, to nothing at all.
Changed out my shampoo. All that kind of stuff. And then I realized that I was breaking out around my eyebrows, and beard line as well. And this was simply because, for me, I wasn’t washing away those cleanser suds that were just hanging around in those hairlines.
And whilst these can be wiped away with a toner, which you shouldn’t do, we’ll talk about toners in a bit. These suds can dry down onto your skin. And really cause dryness and irritation. Breakouts, itchiness, flakiness, sensitive skin.
The vast majority of cleansers are of course wash-off cleansers right? You spend, you know, a few seconds, however long, cleansing your face, then wash it all away. And whilst there are ingredients in there, like SLS, which is perfectly fine and safe in a cleanser.
When left on your skin, they can irritate your skin. So very, very quickly, I realized that I needed to wash these off, and not just wipe them away. Because you don’t truly get rid of them that way. So, what I started to do, and still sometimes do, is use a washcloth.
I don’t rub this along my face, I literally soak it, and then use it just in the hairline to wipe away all that cleanser sud. Honestly, makes such a big difference. If you find that you’re getting itchy, or even just irritated, you’re not breaking out, that could be why.
Let’s talk about toners. Using a toner as a cleanser, or a cleansing stage. Toners are not cleansing waters. Micellar waters are not toners. And I don’t understand why brands are kind of like, mixing them up at the moment.
But I do understand the confusion. Let’s do a brief history on toners. Toners, or skin tonics, date back as far as beauty cosmetics and beauty standards exist. Usually consisting of water, than just floral ingredients.
Witch Hazel was big all throughout history as well, roses as well. Back in the early 1900’s, skin tonic started to boast more medical claims, and claims very similar to what we see with today’s modern toners with actives.
However, back then, they didn’t really have actives in. They contained heavy amounts of Alcohol, Salt, Ammonia. And these were believed to awaken the skin. They also made claims that they would shrink pores.
And then they just slowly started to contain more alcohol and salts. And then that’s when they turned into astringents. Astringents became popular with Estheticians back in the early 1900’s during treatments.
An astringent treatment was advertised as a poor refining, and skin tightening treatment. And of course, this didn’t work. It just felt that way because you’re stripping your skin of all oils, giving it the appearance and the look of tighter pore-less skin.
Very temporary. However in the 1940’s the FDA actually put stopped to all of these claims because they weren’t true. So tonic’s, astringents, were then re-marketed as toners and re-sold as PH balancing products again.
Even though they really didn’t do that. This was just purely to carry on selling them and make them sound less harsh on the skin. And toners and tonics were in the original lineup of like, the first big brand cosmetics that we have.
Cleansers, toners, moisturizers, have been a basic routine for as far back as history documents skin care. So nowadays, toners are usually none of the above. Astringents are still sold as astringents.
But modern day toners are hydrating steps, that usually deliver actives. I mean, I guess you can say they’re kind of like a lightweight serum, but usually contain less actives in the serum. Well, nowadays, it could be anything to be honest with you.
But with that being said, they aren’t cleansers. They don’t have cleansing ingredients in really, that’s not their main focus. So, if you are using a toner, and you’re seeing makeup or dirt come off your skin, that doesn’t mean that, oh good the toner is cleaning your skin.
What that means is that you haven’t cleansed properly in the first place. At this stage, you shouldn’t be seeing anything, you should be able to apply toner onto your hands, and not have to think about, am I wiping away excess anything? Right? If that’s the case, a good double cleanse, an oil based cleanse, in my personal opinion, as much as modern day surfactants can, remove, you know, whatever they need to remove.
Oil just feels so much nicer. Oils and balms feel nicer, and there’s less scrubbing. It’s just easier to remove all that stuff off your face. Let’s talk about one thing I feel like, needs a good clearing up, is relying on SPF in moisturizer and makeup.
I’ve spoken about this before on my channel, but I feel like, I kind of like, didn’t have all the information correct, and I kind of didn’t use my words very well. I did however, use to believe that moisturizers and makeup with SPF in, wasn’t regulated like sunscreen.
However, they are. So the protection that you see on the makeup and the moisturizer, is the SPF, is the sun protection that you’re gonna get from that product. So what’s the issue? Why are people still saying not to rely on makeup or moisturizer with SPF as your sunscreen? A few reasons, and the first reason is one I’ve mentioned before, is that you just do not use the amount of product that you need in order to get sufficient protection.
You roughly need half to a full teaspoon of product for your face and neck. I do the two finger rule, which was popularized by Fiddy Snails a few years back as a good guideline. I have a thick neck, and a big forehead you know, I need a little bit more.
However, it’s very unlikely that you are going to apply this amount of BB cream with SPF, or foundation with SPF, or compact with SPF, or powder with SPF onto your skin. You’re just not, it’s going to look too much.
So you won’t be getting the protection you need because you’re not applying the recommended amount of product. The second point is, where do you put your sunscreen? Where are you supposed to put your sunscreen? So all over your face, or over your neck, back of the neck, ears, behind the ears, in the hairlines, where you’re.
.. receding a bit. These are all places where makeup will look weird, or just does not sit right. Whereas a lot of sunscreens are made to be more fluidy, so they kind of just sink into the hair, or they rub in perfectly and are obviously next to invisible.
And I feel like these kind of products encourage you not to use sunscreen where you’re supposed to, like your ears, back of the ears, back of the neck. And when it comes to moisturizers it really, really does depend on the moisturizer.
You might have a lovely lightweight, fluid moisturizer that you can apply everywhere, but again it depends on your skin type and the moisturizer. I’m very, very oily. I don’t want to be applying that much moisturizer to my skin.
That’s why I prefer my really lightweight fluid, almost water-like sunscreens, to do the job. If I use that amount of that, that sheer amount of moisturizer on my face, I’m oily all day, I can’t handle that much.
So whilst these products may be a half decent top up throughout the day, do not rely on these as your sunscreen protection. Your main sunscreen protection. Let’s jump onto the next mistake, and something I’m very, very guilty of, and this is more of like, something like a reminder to me, this year, as far as purchasing decisions and skincare product decisions, just a little reminder.
And one thing I’ve noticed about us all, as a skin care community is, we always are discussing what the next biggest ingredient is, you know. What’s next, like, what’s this brand doing, has anyone tried this.
And if you love skincare like I do, it’s super, super exciting, and I want to try everything, everything! However, let’s be honest, half of them are sh*t. There was many hyped up ingredients last year.
I feel like the biggest ingredients this year are going to be Snow Mushroom and Azelaic Acid. We already see it everywhere. I feel like it’s just a snowball effect from now that it’s popping up everywhere.
And I love Azelaic Acid, and I want to try Snow Mushroom, but do I really need to use it? I already have a routine that works very, very well for me. But let’s pretend that I’m not a skincare reviewer, and I don’t need to keep trying products right.
If I’ve already got a routine that works for me, why am I jumping on every single trend to see if that next product is going to be even better than the last. If your skincare is working for you, that’s as far as your products can take your skin usually, right? Unless it’s like a real active ingredient.
Like introducing retinol would make a huge difference for example. But, if we’ve already got these amazing products that we’re using, and all the right actives on the right days, and in the right concentrations, and it’s working for us, why don’t we just stick to it? As a normal consumer, why do we not just stick to it.
It’s like CBD for your skin right, was a huge trend last year, and people jumped on it. Apparently it can help clear breakouts, reduce fine lines and wrinkles, with very little research behind it however.
But like, we don’t… do we… like, why did that become a thing. Why do we need it when we have a million and one better ingredients that do that thing. Yet, it was a huge trend, and it was something that I was gonna jump on, but then I just kind of got bored of it.
But now I can see myself jumping on every skincare trend even though I know the ingredients that work for me. Thus, ruining my routine. Potentially ruining my skin. It’s just ingredients that brands are trying to push so, let’s stop jumping on every, every trend that happens in skincare when it comes to ingredients, because this is what brands are doing now.
They are trying to find the next biggest thing within skincare. 2020 skincare had a huge moment and brands recognize that, and they realize there’s an interest in it now. So they are gonna want to be pumping out the next Hyaluronic Acid, you know.
Listen though, as I mentioned, I’m not an average consumer. It’s my job to try things, so let me do that for you. Other skinfluencers are on here to do this for you. And whilst obviously all skin types isn’t saying what might work for me, might not work for you.
There are enough of us now on YouTube, on Twitter, on Instagram, on TikTok. There are enough skincare influences trying the same product for you to get a rough idea whether or not you should try it, if it’s gonna work for your skin, if it’s over hyped, if it’s an ingredient that doesn’t really do anything.
Let us do that for you. Save yourself some money, save yourself some irritation, save yourself some breakouts. Let us do the dirty work for you this year. That’s what we’re good for right? You have Dermatologists and Estheticians who are great at giving you, the more scientific advice, personalized advice, skin.
.. skinfluencers, reviewers, we are here to potentially ruin our skin for you, review products for you, let you know if they’re over hyped, all that kind of stuff. So there we have it. More mistakes that I’m gonna try not to make this year, well I’m over half of them.
I will continue to buy product because it’s my job too, and I don’t wanna bore you to death, with the same five products, every month for the rest of 2021. But let me know some mistakes or even just like, little habits that you have that you’re gonna try and leave in the past, in the worst year ever.
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