It’s no secret that most of us would love to be able to freeze time. Fighting the effects of aging can sometimes seem like a full-time job, and even the most intense routines don’t always work. Did you know that there are many ways that you could actually be putting your skin at risk everyday? It sounds pretty crazy, but your skincare routine could actually be making you look older!

There is nothing more frustrating than trying your hardest to reverse the signs of aging and coming up empty handed, so we’ve put together a handy guide to the most costly skincare mistakes. Read on to make sure that you’re doing everything in your power to maintain your youthful look.

Sleeping with Makeup On

It’s okay to sleep with your makeup on if you wash it off first thing the next morning, right? WRONG! Sleeping with your makeup on can do some serious damage to your skin. No matter how tired you are or how many glasses of wine you’ve had, you always need to give your face a proper cleaning before hitting the hay.

Leaving foundation on your face can lead to clogged pores and even increase the likelihood of wrinkles. Leftover makeup can even reduce your skin’s ability to maintain collagen, resulting in reduced elasticity. That means that a lazy night could contribute to saggy, older looking skin. That doesn’t sound so pretty now, does it?

Harsh Chemicals

We care a lot about what we eat, but we surprisingly don’t always put as much thought into what we wear on our face. What’s in your makeup? Be on the lookout for harsh chemicals that can speed up the aging process. Alcohol can be one of the worst for this. Even though a nice cocktail or sangria can sometimes make you feel a lot younger, alcohol in your makeup or skincare products will have the opposite effect on your skin. If your makeup leaves you feeling dried out, double-check the ingredients – alcohol has a drying effect that can lead to wrinkles and fine lines.

Not Moisturizing

The importance of moisturizer cannot be glossed over – any time you cleanse your skin, you absolutely need to be moisturizing. Without a proper amount of moisturizer in your beauty routine, you can leave your skin lacking the natural oils that protect it from the elements. Without moisturizer, you’ll be dried out and more susceptible to environmental damage. If you want to avoid premature wrinkling, get an extra creamy moisturizer and don’t be shy with it! Looking into soothing natural oils can also help step up your moisturization game. Try avocado, primrose, or almond oil for an even deeper, more refreshing feeling after you cap off your beauty routine for the night.


As silly as it sometimes sounds, not everyone enjoys drinking water. However, getting your daily serving of H2O should be just as important to you as keeping up with the latest beauty trends. It will benefit your overall health and keep you looking younger and more refreshed. Try having a glass or two while you wash your face, just to make sure that you get your daily dose!

Skipping the SPF

Wearing sunscreen is an important part of skincare whether it’s summer or winter, but did you know that you can actually find many skincare products with good SPF? If your daytime moisturizer lacks SPF, you could be putting yourself at risk when you go outside. Look for one that offers up some decent UV protection to make sure that you’re getting the help that you need – all day.

Rubbing Your Face

This one might come as a surprise, but while you’re drying your face after cleansing, it’s crucial to pat your face with a towel rather than rubbing it. Rubbing your face can stretch out your skin and lead to unflattering wrinkles. The same rule applies when applying makeup or taking it off – always pat and never pull your skin. Pulling your skin in any direction for a prolonged period of time or repetitively can have negative effects on you, causing you to look older and more tired.

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