3 Little Skin Care Mistakes--with Big Consequences

by Jenny Bailly

WWDWWD Your intentions are good. You care about your skin, and you treat it right--no grainy scrubs or harsh cleansers, lots of moisture and a nightly dose of your favorite retinoid. But chances are you're still doing a few things wrong. Jordana Mattioli, an aesthetician at plastic surgeon Adam Kolker's Park Avenue office, recently told me about the unwitting skin care crimes she witnesses most often.

1. Overusing your Clarisonic.
"I love the Clarisonic. It's a great cleansing and exfoliating tool," says Mattioli. "But no one needs to use it more than three times a week." And if you have dry skin, especially at this time of year, once a week is enough. Over-indulgence can cause inflammation, a culprit behind both acne and aging.

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2. Starting with face oil.
Beauty brands can't seem to launch new face oils fast enough. And they're a great way to gently soften your skin. (We like Rodin Olio Lusso Luxury Face Oil or L'Oréal Paris Age Perfect Hydra-Nutrition Glow Renewal Facial Oil.) But if you're using anti-aging products--formulas with alphahydroxy acids, or retinoids, or antioxidants--make sure you apply them before your oil. "When you apply oil first, the active ingredients in your other products don't stand a chance of penetrating your skin," says Mattioli.

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3. Applying sunscreen once a day. "Sunscreen will protect your skin for two hours--that's it," says Mattioli. If you want coverage until sundown, you have to reapply. Mattioli tells her clients to use sunscreen powders (like Colorescience Pro Sunforgettable Mineral Powder Sun Protection SPF 30) to stay protected, without disrupting their makeup, all day.

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