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Mistakes a dermal therapist wishes we would stop making with our skin

Daily Mail logo Daily Mail 3/11/2020 Sophie Haslett For Daily Mail Australia
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A leading Australian dermal therapist has revealed the five mistakes she wishes women would 'stop making' with their skin, including loading on too many different products and skipping out on sun cream. 

Yads Cauchi, from Canberra, said she sees Australians make dozens of mistakes with their skincare everyday in her clinic, but there are some that pop up and prove more costly than others.

The first and most important thing Yads said you need to stop doing is skipping out on sunscreen, which is imperative - even on a cloudy day.

a woman posing for the camera: Dermal therapist Yads Cauchi (pictured) revealed the five major mistakes she sees women make with their skincare, including scrimping on sunscreen © Provided by Daily Mail Dermal therapist Yads Cauchi (pictured) revealed the five major mistakes she sees women make with their skincare, including scrimping on sunscreen 'Using a broad spectrum SPF daily is the best thing you can do for your skin. Period,' Yads said (Nivea sun cream pictured) © Provided by Daily Mail 'Using a broad spectrum SPF daily is the best thing you can do for your skin. Period,' Yads said (Nivea sun cream pictured)

1. Skipping out on sun cream

'Using a broad spectrum SPF daily is the best thing you can do for your skin. Period,' Yads wrote for Adore Beauty.

She said it is the one part of your complexion regime that you can never be lazy about.

There are a number of high-quality chemical and physical sun cream options out there depending on your preferences, but one of the dermal therapist's favourites is mesoestetic mesoprotech melan 130 pigment control ($79.80).

While pricey, Yads explained that this product is especially good for anyone who has pigment in their skin, as it helps to both prevent the appearance of future sunspots and reduce visible signs of premature ageing.

2. Not cleansing properly

The second mistake Yads explained that nearly everyone makes is not taking off their makeup and cleansing properly at night.

'I have to say, removing your makeup at the end of the day is almost as important as doing your taxes,' Yads told the publication.

Put simply: if you don't remove your makeup and dirt and grime properly, your other serums and active products will not be able to do the job.


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The expert recommends doing a single cleanse first thing in the morning when your skin is likely to be clean, and then two at night - firstly to remove makeup and sunscreen and secondly to clean your skin.

A great affordable option is The Ordinary's Supersize Squalane Cleanser ($34.90). 

a close up of a woman: Yads (pictured) said many people mistakenly think they have dry skin, when in fact their problem is a stripped skin barrier © Provided by Daily Mail Yads (pictured) said many people mistakenly think they have dry skin, when in fact their problem is a stripped skin barrier

3. Not identifying your skin type

Figuring out your skin type is vital in knowing how you can get your best skin.

Yads said many people mistakenly think they have dry skin, when in fact their problem is a stripped skin barrier.

Others assume dry or sensitive, when they might just be dehydrated or over-using active products.

Yads recommends consulting an expert at least once, who will help you to identify your skin type - and the ideal regime for it. 

Then, you can purchase products around what your complexion actually needs.

a close up of a bottle: It's all too common these days to overload your skin with 'too many' products, in the hope that it will give you your best skin yet, but this is the wrong approach (products pictured) © Provided by Daily Mail It's all too common these days to overload your skin with 'too many' products, in the hope that it will give you your best skin yet, but this is the wrong approach (products pictured)

4. Using too many products

It's all too common these days to overload your skin with 'too many' products, in the hope that it will give you your best skin yet. 

But Yads said there is a strong argument for simplifying your skincare routine right down, as this will do far more for it in the long term. 

Apply your products from the thinnest consistency to the thickest, and cut back on the amount of 'active' products like retinol and AHAs that you incorporate.

Serums can help to lock in moisture, but the most important is cleanser, toner, moisturiser and SPF.

5. Forgetting your hands, neck and décolletage

Finally, the expert said while it's all very well applying skincare to your face, that doesn't mean you should stop with your products when you hit your chin.

'Your neck and décolletage are just as susceptible to ageing as your face, perhaps even more so because they don’t get enough attention,' Yads said.

The same applies to your hands, which are all too often ignored and can easily age ahead of the rest of you. 

Take the time to look after these other areas of your skin, and reap the rewards later. 

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