We all want youthful and radiant looking skin. So when we start to notice a few lines or we feel like our skin looks dull, it can be frustrating. Rather than accepting that this is simply part of aging, there are things that you can do that will make a difference. 

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In fact, did you know that only 20 to 30 percent of the skin aging process is down to genetics? This means that the way that you live and the different products you use has a bigger impact than you may realize. With that being said, read on to discover more about some of the common skincare mistakes that you could be making that are aging your skin.


You are dehydrated

We’re not going to suggest that you quit alcohol and caffeine altogether, but too much of them can lead to dehydration and have a negative impact on your health if they are not combined with adequate rehydration. A healthy liver does wonders for your skin because it flushes out toxins, which will leave your skin looking healthy and youthful. Too much caffeine or alcohol can cause a build up in your liver, and this then results in wrinkles, rosacea outbreaks, and skin sagginess. Every time you drink one glass of alcohol or a cup of coffee, make sure you have one glass of water too.


Never giving your skin a break from makeup

Do you wear makeup each and every day? If so, it is a good idea to give your skin a bit of a detox, leaving it makeup free at least one day per week, or two if you can manage it! While makeup looks amazing, it is not good for your skin. It causes sagging over time because it gets into the pores, which causes them to get bigger. By allowing your skin to breathe and rejuvenate by going barefaced for a day or two, your pores will certainly thank you. They will shrink, and this will leave your face looking more youthful.


Neglecting your neck

You may be making all of the correct decisions when it comes to anti-aging products and choices for your face, but have you considered your neck? A lot of people forget about their neck when it comes to their skincare regime. The skin on your neck can often age quicker. It gets wrinkly and crepey earlier than it should because we forget to look after it and we forget to use SPF, which is something you will learn more about in the next section.


Skipping SPF

A lot of people believe that sunscreen is only needed during the summer months but this could not be further from the truth. Come rain, shine, or indeed, snow, you need to make sure that your face is protected. Why do you need sunscreen when it’s the middle of winter? Well, the protection is designed to shield your skin from the sun’s rays, not the hot weather. Even when it is freezing cold outside, the sun will still be emitting UV rays and, therefore, you still need to be protected.


You don’t get enough sleep

Sleep is of paramount importance because it gives your skin the chance to repair. If you do not get enough deep sleep during the evening, your skin won’t have the chance to heal itself from the damage that has been done throughout the day. In fact, if you read this guide on the 14 simple ways to make frown lines disappear naturally, you will see that getting enough sleep is one of the most important points. If you struggle to sleep in the evening, try to get into a better routine, i.e. go to bed and wake up at the same times each day. You should also avoid using any technology for the two hours leading up to your bedtime.


You use the wrong skin products or follow the incorrect regime for your skin type

Everyone’s skin is different, and you need to consider your skin type carefully when you determine what products you should be using and what skincare regime you should be following. This is because the incorrect products cannot only make your skincare issues worse, but they can cause added problems too. For example, let’s say you have oily skin, yet you choose a product that is not purifying enough, this can leave impurities on the skin and cause breakouts because it actually increases the oiliness.


You don’t wash your makeup off

Last but not least, failing to wash your makeup off is a big mistake. You may think it is no big deal if you come in from a night out and hit the pillow without using makeup remover. However, it has a bigger impact on your skin condition than you may realize. This can cause the skin to become congested and clogged, which leads to a dry and dull complexion. As we get older, our skin gets even drier, so the problem only becomes worse and worse. Once you get into the routine of taking your makeup off before you go to bed, you will soon do it without even thinking about it.


Hopefully, you now have a better understanding regarding the common skincare mistakes that can lead to problems in terms of skin aging at a quicker rate than expected. If you follow the advice that has been provided above, you can make sure that your skincare routine and the way you live your life has a positive impact on your skin rather than a negative one.