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Glowing, radiant, ageless skin: we all want it and yet the only people who seem to have it —the Hadids and Kardashian/Jenners—all have 24-hour support from a team of beauty professionals including on-call dermatologists, personal make-up artists and facialists to cater to their every skincare need. For the regular person this set-up is not only impossible time-wise because, well, work, but also way out of an average budget.
However, according to German-based dermatologist and global Braun ambassador Dr Melanie Hartmann, the culprits behind a slew of skin concerns, from dullness to clogged pores and wrinkles, are a result of common skincare mistakes we all make and they’re actually pretty easy to avoid, once you know what they are.
Here, Dr Hartmann shares the most common skincare mistakes (no judgement, we’re all guilty), her expert advice on avoiding them, the ideal order to apply skincare for maximum glow and the surprising skincare issue sleeping can cause.
What are the most common skincare mistakes?
Not removing your make-up: “Removing your make-up can make the difference between beautiful, radiant skin and a complexion that looks dull and has clogged pores.”
Not washing your face enough: “If you have normal to oily skin it is recommended to cleanse twice daily, once in the morning and once at night. However, if your skin is on the sensitive side, one cleanse at night is suitable.”
Exfoliating too much or too little: “You should be exfoliating your skin at least once or twice a week to remove the layers of dead skin. This will leave you with a healthy glow and brighter skin.”
Missing a crucial step: “Aiming for a few minutes of massage in the evening helps relax the skin, stimulates cell metabolism and blood circulation, leaving it looking fresh and rejuvenated.”
Not getting enough sleep and water: “My rule is eight-to-eight: eight glasses of water and eight hours of sleep! Water keeps skin cells hydrated—if you’re not drinking enough this can lead to dry and dull looking skin. While asleep your body and skin repairs, regenerates and rejuvenates—getting to bed that little bit earlier can help you achieve healthy and glowing skin.”
Does the order of our skincare regime make a difference?
“The answer is yes! Even if you have the best skincare products on the market, your skin won’t receive the full benefits if you apply them in the wrong order. Here’s the perfect order to apply your skincare products: make-up remover, cleanser, exfoliator or toner, treatments i.e. acne spot treatments, serums or mists, eye cream, moisturiser, oil, SPF.”
Do you have one dermatologist-approved skincare tip we can do at home?
“Tapping motions on the skin resembles manual lymph drainage. This gentle manual technique often included in a facial is used to help increase lymph flow delivering toned, radiant skin… and reduce tired-looking skin. If the thought of tapping your face sounds too time-consuming, you can try Braun’s new FaceSpa Pro with the MicroVibration metal toning head attachment.”
Any final beauty advice?
“Did you know sleeping can give you wrinkles? Although a good night’s sleep is important for cell regeneration, sleeping on your side or stomach can apply too much pressure to your face, leading to creases. To avoid this, I would suggest purchasing a silk pillow case. My other top tip is to use a moisturiser with UV protection all year round: rain, hail or shine!”