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BEAUTY TESTIMONY: 7 skincare mistakes I made in my 20s that ruined my skin

Shaily Rawat | Apr 12, 2017, 12:26 IST
BEAUTY TESTIMONY: 7 skincare mistakes I made in my 20s that ruined my skin
L-R: Me in my 20s; Me in my 30s
Like everybody else, even I have my share of skincare mistakes that I did back in my 20s. It’s funny because I am in my early 30s and my skin looks so much better than how it was in 20s. Here are a few mistakes that I think I shouldn’t have done:


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  • #Mistake 1: Using harsh scrub2 of 8
    #Mistake 1: Using harsh scrub
    My skin is prone to blackheads and whiteheads. To get rid of them, I used harsh scrubs with granules rubbing against my face. I didn’t stop using it even though my skin get red immediately after scrubbing, until a few months later, I noticed dry, rough skin on my cheeks. It not only stripped away my natural oils from the skin, but also made skin rough.
    Solution: I now invest in gentle exfoliators that help keep my blackheads at bay without making my skin dry. I use it every alternative day. Sometimes, I use homemade oatmeal scrub that works wonder for my sensitive skin.
  • #Mistake 2: Picking blackheads3 of 8
    #Mistake 2: Picking blackheads
    As I mentioned above, my biggest issue has been blackheads. Since scrubs didn’t work out for me, I started picking blackheads with my nails. As a result, it leads to skin inflammation and scars.
    Solution: I have stopped this annoying habit obviously. However, I go to my aesthetician who uses correct tools to extract all my blackheads and whiteheads. 
  • #Mistake 3: Applying cheap ointments to treat pimples4 of 8
    #Mistake 3: Applying cheap ointments to treat pimples
    Nothing is worse than getting up with a pimple on face and to spot correct them, I remember using so-called natural creams to treat pimples. I used to reapply it every half an hour but all in vain. As result, I had pimple scars on my face.
    Solution: Back then, I didn’t know that the best way to deal with pimples is to look out for salicylic acid-infused products. It worked like a magic on my skin. It also unclogged my pores, which cleared my pimples in no time. A dermatologist recommended that to me. However, he also warned me to not use it too much as it can irritate my skin. 
  • #Mistake 4: Treating my cystic acne with salicylic acid5 of 8
    #Mistake 4: Treating my cystic acne with salicylic acid
    In my late 20s, I faced hormonal imbalances which reflected on my skin in the form of painful cystic acne around my jaw. I started using salicylic acid, my previous tried and tested ointment. However, this time it didn’t work and worse, it left my skin irritated and dry.
    Solution: I didn’t do anything to treat my acne around my jaws specifically. However, I religiously started my skincare routine – cleansing, exfoliating and moisturising. It significantly improved my skin texture and in a few months, my skin showed improvement with no sign of acne. I even use botanical face oil and serum to keep my skin hydrated. 
  • #Mistake 5: Using wrong moisturiser for my skin type6 of 8
    #Mistake 5: Using wrong moisturiser for my skin type
    I remember I had normal to combination skin (I now have dry skin). I used to be slathering thick cheap creams to moisturise my skin. As a result, it did nothing to my skin. In fact, it contributed to my blackheads.
    Solution: Narrowing down to a cream that works for skin was not easy. I tried zillions of creams before I landed on the one that suited my skin. I started investing in good skincare brands and then started using gel-based creams that not only hydrate my skin, but also improve my skin texture. I use botanical face oil before going to bed.
  • #Mistake 6: Not using sunscreen7 of 8
    #Mistake 6: Not using sunscreen
    I never used sunscreen in my 20s, which is important to slow down ageing. Experts say that 75 per cent of skin damage happens due to exposure to harmful rays. Now that I am in my 30s, I can see slightly pigmented skin on my cheeks.
    Solution: I still do not apply sunscreen religiously. Sometimes I apply and other days I skip. However, I cover myself when out in the sun. I use SPF50+ PA+++ sunblock cream.
  • #Mistake 7: Not drinking enough water and eating junk8 of 8
    #Mistake 7: Not drinking enough water and eating junk
    Drinking water was the last thing on my mind. I never felt much thristy and thus my skin became dehydrated. I never used to give second though before eating junk food, which again added to my skin problems.
    Solution: Now, I have a balance diet and have lots fo water. I avoid processed food and have fruits daily.