We all know that skin changes as we age—it gets thinner and drier, setting you up for fine lines, wrinkles and sagging. But you may be speeding the process along without even knowing it. Dr. Harold K. Lancer, a Beverly Hills-based dermatologist and developer of Lancer Skincare Products, pinpoints these top skincare mistakes women make in the book, 20 Years Younger by Bob Greene. Correcting them will go along way to a smoother, healthier, younger complexion.
Mistake 1: Sleeping with your makeup on
Cosmetics leave a film on your skin that could cause irritation, dryness and clogged pores, Lancer says. Wash, wash, wash before bed!
Mistake 2: Locking in to one skin type
Lancer says your skin type can vary from day to day, hour to hour, morphing with the environment, your diet, exercise habits and hormones. Be open to changing your routine according to your needs, treating issues (like oiliness and redness) as they arise.
Mistake 3: Not using enough sunscreen
Lancer says to slather it on thick: It should take about an ounce of sunscreen (the size of a shot glass) to cover an entire adult body. And don’t forget to reapply after sweating or swimming.
Mistake 4: Relying only on “natural” products
The terms “natural” (and “organic”) are not regulated, for one thing—so you don’t know if what you’re buying is solely the product of Mother Earth or not. Plus, Lancer says that sticking to natural ingredients means you’ll miss out on many of the scientific advances that could yield real results for you. He suggests selecting products that have medical results to back them up.
Mistake 5: Not eating enough fat
Dietary fat—if it’s the right kind—can help lubricate the skin from the inside out, as it assists in the production of sebum, the oily substance that moisturizes and protects skin. Stick with monounsaturated fats like those in olive and canola oil, as well as omega-3 fatty acids in fatty fishes.