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11.16.2023 Common Mistakes to Avoid in Your Facial Skincare Routine

Rachael Gallo
By Rachael Gallo

Rachael leads Operations at Silver Mirror Facial Bar while driving the growth and expansion of locations in New York City, Washington D.C, and Miami. Her skin care expertise stems from prior roles as a licensed esthetician and manager at Disney Spas and a medical day spa group, along with National Spa Director at Exhale Spa.

It can be difficult to find time out of your day to take a moment for self-care. When you’re busy and don’t have a lot of downtime, your skincare routine is one of the first things to suffer and it’s something that can easily be pushed to the bottom of the priority list or forgotten about completely. Incorporating this form of self-care into your daily routine, will benefit both you and your skin. However, even a well-developed skincare routine isn’t useful unless you know the mistakes to avoid and the products to stay away from.

In this article, we explain why having a robust skincare routine is so important in achieving and maintaining a healthy complexion. We’ll also explore some common mistakes that many people make, which can prevent people from reaching their skincare goals. If you’re ready to have healthy, glowing skin – keep reading!

Skincare Mistakes

7 Skincare Routine Mistakes To Watch Out For

It’s safe to say that almost everyone desires healthy, glowing skin, which can cause us to go to extreme lengths. With so much accessible information, it’s hard to know what’s accurate or beneficial for your skin type. This can lead people to use products or methods that can have the opposite effect, causing additional issues for your skin. In order to avoid these issues, here are some of the most prevalent skincare mistakes and how to steer clear of them:

  1. Over-Exfoliation
  2. Skipping Sunscreen
  3. Not Cleansing Properly
  4. Using Wrong Products
  5. Neglecting Consistency
  6. Picking at Blemishes
  7. Using Too Many Products

Over-Exfoliation – Causing Dehydration and Irritation 

Mistake: Many individuals exfoliate their skin everyday and can scrub too vigorously in hopes of a clearer complexion. Over-exfoliating can strip away the skin’s natural oils, disrupt its barrier, and lead to increased sensitivity, redness, and even breakouts.

Solution: Use gentle exfoliants like alpha hydroxy acids (AHAs) or beta hydroxy acids (BHAs) only a few times a week. Always follow the instructions on the product label or consult a dermatologist.

Skipping Sunscreen – And the Long Term Impact on Your Skin

Mistake: Failing to apply sunscreen is a common mistake that people make especially when it’s cloudy or wintertime. However, not using sunscreen daily leads to exposure to UV rays that can lead to premature aging, sunspots, and an increased risk of skin cancer.

Solution: Make sunscreen a non-negotiable step in your skincare routine. Choose a broad-spectrum SPF of at least 30, no matter what the weather is outside. 

Not Cleansing Properly – Leading to Clogged Pores & Breakouts

Mistake: It can be easy to skip washing your face or taking off our makeup after a long day . However, skipping or rushing through this step as well as using harsh cleansers can leave makeup, dirt, and pollutants on your skin, which leads to clogged pores and breakouts.

Solution: It’s important to invest the proper time in thoroughly washing your face, especially in the evening in order to remove all of the dirt and makeup that has built up over the day. Use a gentle, pH-balanced cleanser that suits your skin type. This creates a good base for you to layer the rest of your products on. 

Using the Wrong Products – The Importance of Identifying Your Skin Type

Mistake: Everyone has a different skin type, so what may work for one person may not necessarily work for you. Applying a product that’s beneficial for dry skin can cause issues for someone with oily skin and visa versa. For example, if someone with oily skin uses a rich moisturizer, it can lead to breakouts and if a person with dry skin uses a lightweight moisturizer, it won’t provide enough hydration, leaving their skin dry and irritated. 

Solution: Identify your skin type (oily, dry, combination, or sensitive) and choose products that are best suited for your skin. Consider testing products prior to incorporating them into your daily skincare routine. You can also ask a skincare expert to receive personalized product recommendations.

Neglecting Consistency – Consistency is Key

Mistake: If you’re inconsistent in doing your skincare or often skip it, it can ruin the progress that your skin is making and cause other issues. It’s important to do your skincare both in the morning and at night everyday in order to make sure your skin is getting the care it needs.

Solution: Make your skincare routine a daily habit, morning and night. Consider setting alarms or reminders to make sure it gets done.

Picking at Blemishes – Leading to Scarring and Infection

Mistake: It can be so tempting to pop your pimples and it may seem like it can make it better. However, popping pimples can leave scars and make it even worse. In the end, it doesn’t help and it just makes your skin take longer to recover. 

Solution: If you get a pimple, don’t pop it! Instead, use a targeted acne treatment or an acne patch to help soothe and heal the spot.

Using Too Many Products – Overwhelming Your Skin 

Mistake: It’s easy to overwhelm your skin if you’re using too many products at once. Your skin will start breaking out, getting irritated and the products will sometimes react with each other, causing other issues.

Solution: Try to cut down your routine to only a few, essential products like cleanser, moisturizer, sunscreen, and targeted treatments. If you want to add more products to your routine, make sure to gradually introduce them in order to monitor how your skin responds.


By avoiding these common skincare routine mistakes and using products that suit your skin, you can pave the way for a healthier and more radiant complexion. Your skin deserves the best care, so treat it with the attention it needs to thrive.


Improve Your Facial Skincare Routine With Silver Mirror


Achieving healthy skin and reaching your skincare goals can be a difficult journey, but avoiding these common mistakes can significantly help the process. However, if you’re looking for expert guidance and someone who can support you on your journey, book an appointment with Silver Mirror

Our team of experienced professionals is committed to helping you unlock your skin’s full potential. Signing up for a membership provides you with monthly facials, allowing you to solidify a relationship with your esthetician so you can receive necessary resources to improve your skin. Whether you’re dealing with acne, aging concerns, or pigmentation issues, our estheticians are equipped to help you reach your goals. 


Book your facial at Silver Mirror ( and embark on your path to radiant skin!


By Rachael Gallo