Common Skincare Routine Mistakes

Common Skincare Routine Mistakes

Maintaining a regular and effective skincare routine can seem like a chore, yet with 71% of us admitting we would be more confident with clear skin (Witch Skincare 2013), it’s no surprise that we are all attempting to stick to routines of some sort.  Every brand is promising the same results, and competing prices accompany, with the average woman estimated to spend £70,000 on her appearance in a life time (Independent 2017). 

Many of us are also very much focused on the quantity of products we use per day, and associate using more products with increased skin health. In actual fact, slathering on moisturisers can be drying out our skin, harsh exfoliating can be spreading bacteria, and scented face washes could be irritating our skin. These are just some of the issues we are going to highlight in the most common mistakes we make in our skincare routines.


It seems obvious, but too many of us are still reaching for the serums and oils before we actually do the basics, of properly cleansing and cleaning the skin. Especially if you wear makeup, you really can’t be skipping this step. Both morning and night, you should be washing and cleansing your face, to remove any debris and dead skin cells and wake up the face and circulation.  Cosmetics can also trap skin-damaging free radicals that float in the air such as car pollutants against your skin, eventually leading to premature lines and wrinkles.

It’s therefore important to make sure that at the end of the day you are properly removing any dirt and makeup from the skin. Although your aim is to remove dirt, many face washes are too harsh on the skin, stripping the natural oils. Using a lighter foam based cleanser will be gentler for the skin. pHformula’s FOAM Cleanse even contains extracts of green tea, which as an anti-oxidant works as anti-inflammatory, further protecting the skin from the irritation of washing.

Harsh Exfoliation 

The next step for many us is to exfoliate. It seems logical  thinking that anything a little harsh in a ‘scrub’ format is going to literally scrub away our blemishes and impurities, leaving us with clearer skin . This is far from how most exfoliates work. An exfoliate doesn’t actually have to contain the typically thought of physical balls to be doing it’s job right. Exfoliates work their magic as they remove dead skin cells on the surface of the skin, which also happens naturally, with the skin renewing itself on average every 25 days. Harsh exfoliant scrubs are likely to be removing more than just dead skin cells, and stripping the skin of it’s natural oils which can cause a dull appearance and breakouts.

Further, the skin is a very smart organ, and if too frequent skin-cell removal is occurring it will actually slow cell turnover, meaning an increase of dead skin cells and bacteria; the opposite effect expected from extremely regular exfoliating! A lighter and more moisturising exfoliant in the form of a cleanse or wash is likely to be much more gentle on the skin, which is great news if you have sensitive skin or aren’t particularly sure what your skin type is. A universally gentle but effective option such as the E.X.F.O Cleanse works by loosening rough keratinized cells whilst the Vitamin B5 encourages cell-re newel and nourishes the skin.  and therefore is ideal to use in combination with all the pHformula skin resurfacing treatments.

Over Moisturising

Many of us don’t think we aren’t using a moisturiser correctly unless our skin feels damp. A moisturiser in actual fact should be being worked into the skin gently, not sitting on the top layer. It’s easy to think that the thicker a cream, the more good it’s going to do. Dense moisturisers can actually be harming your skin more, clogging pores encouraging overproduction of oil, breakouts and build ups of dead skin-cells.

Moisturisers that are high quality only need to be used in very small amounts to do the job correctly. Apply a light moisturiser in gentle circular motions to stimulate circulation, wake up the complexion and can work to flush out any toxins that have build up in your lymph nodes. pHformula has a range of moisturising options ideal for all skin types. pHformula’s Recovery Cream is a rich emollient cream containing a blend of humectants for maximum hydration. It helps to alleviate immediate skin dryness and provides excellent anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant properties. Regular use of a moisturiser as most of us know, is vital to keep the skin appearing healthy and soft. Moisturising twice a day is fine, as long as night creams are avoided in the day time. These tend to contain no SPF protection and are formulated to hydrate skin whilst you sleep, meaning they are likely to be a heavy consistency, not ideal for daytime use.

The Oils & Serums

With oils and serums becoming more and more popular, we find ourselves grabbing for these as the last step of our routine. Many of us know little about them, and are simply following the trends in skincare, often spending a fortune on small amounts of products. Serums work in a different way to oils, and understanding the differences between the two will help you work out which will best suit your routine and skin type. They are lie in the group at being able to nourish the skin more thoroughly than a moisturiser. Whilst a moisturiser locks in hydration on the surface of the skin, oils and serums penetrate at a deeper level into the skin layers. pHformula’s SOS Oil contains sweet almond oil which is known for it’s anti-oxidant properties due to the Vitamin A contents.

Serums are concentrated actives which are easy for the skin to absorb, whereas oils although penetrating further than a moisturiser, tend to add radiance and hydration more visibly to the skins upper layers. If you have particularity dry skin and patches, an oil can immediately form a brighter and more soft complexion, whilst for oilier skin Serums can hydrate the deeper layers of the skin (which you still need to do) sitting comfortably beneath makeup and other creams without visibly making your face look more glowing.

pHformula Home Care Kits

Forming a simple routine can seem overwhelming, which is why pHformula created your routine for you, with all the products and steps needed to guarantee beautiful skin for all skin types. As no two patient is the same, the kits are adaptable to different skin types and conditions, and come formulated for disorders such as acne and chronic redness. Pam Cushing managing director of Aspire explains how visiting your local specialist will ensure a  full skin analysis to guide you on what kit is the most appropriate for your skin concerns. Although ideal after care for your skin cfter a series of specialist skin resurfacing treatments, the kits contain the ideal products to be used as part of a daily skincare routine. Find out where your nearest specialist is located to learn more about the kits and which one is the best for you.





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