It’s no doubt that you take care of your skin, but are you doing it right? No matter how much you think you know, there could be a few bad habits that are preventing you from putting your best face (and body) forward. Here are some of the biggest mistakes to avoid, according to a derm, along with what do instead.


“People think that the more they wash their face, the less they’ll get acne, but most of the time, that’s not the case,” says Vivian Shi, MD, a dermatologist and an assistant professor at the University of Arizona. “When you’re cleansing constantly, the soap from the face wash can strip the top layer of oil on the skin and trigger the release of more oil, which can cause clogged pores, whiteheads and blackheads.”

For balanced skin, she recommends cleansing no more than twice a day, then following with a moisturizer.


Nothing against laugh lines, but rubbing and pulling at the thin, delicate skin around your eyes could make them pop up before their time.

To take off eye makeup without vigorous rubbing, hold a remover-soaked cotton pad against your lids for about 30 seconds before gently whisking it away. Use a light touch when putting on your eye cream, too: Just pat it along your contours with your ring finger, which applies less pressure than your other digits. Keep tap-tap-tapping until the cream sinks into your skin.

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