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Dermatologist reveals the skin sins we are all guilty of – from using facial tissues to excessive hydration

Healthy, radiant skin is what many of us strive for, but certain cleansing habits and exaggeration on certain products can be harmful to our complexion.

It is very likely that many of us are guilty of exposing our skin to a variety of problems without realizing it.

Despite our good intentions, extensive regimes can sometimes do more harm than good.

To ensure that you care for your complexion in the best possible way, London-based Dr. Mervyn Patterson, a specialist in skin health and cosmetic dermatologist at Woodford Medical, has shared a number of common skin sins with FEMAIL.

Here he reveals the facts and techniques you need to know for a radiant, healthy glow.

Raw peeling

Healthy, radiant skin is what many of us strive for, but certain cleansing habits and exaggeration on certain products can be harmful to our complexion. Shown: stock image

Healthy, radiant skin is what many of us strive for, but certain cleansing habits and exaggeration on certain products can be harmful to our complexion. Shown: stock image

Avoid exfoliating scrubs that remove healthy skin cells and lipids, as this exposes the deeper layers to environmental damage and water loss.

It is best to use a ‘liquid’ exfoliator instead – products such as Epionce Lytic Tx, a selective chemical exfoliator.

These contain natural ingredients that contain salicylic acid and azelaic acid and that gently remove dead skin cells without damaging the skin barrier.

Product overload

Terms such as #skincarejunkie and #koreanskincare are not trending for nothing. Instagram is flooded with 10-step routines, so many of us love skin care a little too much.

Not every skin type is built to handle 10 types of products at the same time. A handful of quality products and an extensive cleaning, selective chemical exfoliator, serum and moisture-restoring barrier on a daily basis can be more cost-effective.

Invest in fewer, better quality articles that work well for you.

Complex skin care regimens are a nightmare if you start to get outbreaks or irritation because it is difficult, if not impossible, to determine what works and what causes a problem.

Do not overhydrate

Many people think that if you drink a lot of water, this will hydrate the skin. Mass. It is an urban myth that drinking 'extra' water helps the appearance of the skin. Stock image

Many people think that if you drink a lot of water, this will hydrate the skin. Mass. It is an urban myth that drinking 'extra' water helps the appearance of the skin. Stock image

Many people think that if you drink a lot of water, this will hydrate the skin. Mass. It is an urban myth that drinking ‘extra’ water helps the appearance of the skin. Stock image

Many people think that if you drink a lot of water, this will hydrate the skin. Mass.

It is an urban myth that drinking ‘extra’ water helps the appearance of the skin. Only the daily need to drink water will do little or nothing to improve this.

Encouraging people to drink more than what their body naturally requires is useless because the body’s natural fluid balance systems simply excrete the unwanted fluid.

Skin health is much more complex than simply drinking enough water. Sufficient hydration is of course necessary, but it is only one factor.

Be consistent

Another symptom of product overload and skincare addiction is that many of us cannot help and want to try the newest serum or product approved by our favorite face of celebrities.

But regular experiment means fewer results. Consistency is the key to skin care if you want to see results.

So stop switching your products, otherwise you will never know what is most effective.

It takes a full month for the skin to turn, and I would normally recommend a full three months to accurately evaluate a new product.

Throw the face away

Although wipes are very useful, facial wipes are not good for the skin (or the environment) because they tend to smear dirt or excess makeup around your face instead of removing it.

They can also cause skin irritation due to preservatives that are added to prevent microorganisms from infecting them.

Instead, thoroughly clean your face, especially in the evening.

Cleansers such as Epionce Gentle Foaming Cleanser have been specially developed to restore the sensitive skin barrier and to effectively remove makeup and unwanted impurities.

Excessive moisturizers of poor quality

Over-wetting, especially if the product has no barrier-repairing properties, can ultimately do more harm than good.

A cycle of deteriorating skin quality can be activated, reducing the ability to repair the skin barrier and reducing chronic inflammation.

The skin is now more sensitive to the penetration of environmental factors as well as to the loss of precious water from the deeper layers.

This is the reason why some people see more and more dryness and flaking of the skin despite applying a large amount of moisturizer.

Not every skin type is built to handle 10 types of products at the same time. A handful of quality products and an extensive cleaning, selective chemical exfoliator, serum and moisture-restoring barrier on a daily basis can be more cost-effective. Shown: stock image

Not every skin type is built to handle 10 types of products at the same time. A handful of quality products and an extensive cleaning, selective chemical exfoliator, serum and moisture-restoring barrier on a daily basis can be more cost-effective. Shown: stock image

Not every skin type is built to handle 10 types of products at the same time. A handful of quality products and an extensive cleaning, selective chemical exfoliator, serum and moisture-restoring barrier on a daily basis can be more cost-effective. Shown: stock image

Defeat your AHA addiction

Alpha hydroxy acids (AHAs) are great and there has been an explosion of products that contain the super ingredient, including serums, toners and creams and treatments.

Properly used for your skin type, these products promote a youthful glow – but make sure you use AHAs in everything every day, especially if you have sensitive skin.

Avoid high concentrations

Another common mistake is the excessive use of one or two so-called ‘main ingredients’.

Marketing hype often emphasizes too many ingredients such as vitamin C, vitamin E, hyaluronic acid or vitamin A (retinol).

Unfortunately, the consumer tends to apply far too many of these ingredients in quantities that have no useful value.

Unfortunately, the result is a disruption of normal skin function and an increased risk of irritation.

When in doubt, choose products with a balanced composition and just the right amount of ingredients for healthy skin.

Remember that less is more. Beta-hydroxy acids, such as salicylic acid, emerge as the preferred ingredient because they achieve a measured degree of exfoliation by breaking the bonds between the cells of the upper surface, while also having antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties.

Do not overdo it on the retinol

Retinol heads are the skin care equivalent of petrol heads – people who use far too much retinol.

It is seen by many as the answer to skin aging, and while it is true that a small amount of vitamin A (retinol) is essential for skin cell health, it is now being used extensively on a large scale.

Yes, it stimulates the division of cells on the basal layer at the bottom of the epidermis, but adds too much and waves of young immature cells come to the surface.

These immature cells are poorly organized and lack the right lipid layers, leaving the skin unprotected.

The result is redness, irritation, dryness and more sensitive skin and UV damage.

Do not rely on the basis for UV protection

SPF must be used religiously all year round - don't think it is not necessary in winter, because harmful rays can still penetrate and accelerate aging and pigmentation. Stock image

SPF must be used religiously all year round - don't think it is not necessary in winter, because harmful rays can still penetrate and accelerate aging and pigmentation. Stock image

SPF must be used religiously all year round – don’t think it is not necessary in winter, because harmful rays can still penetrate and accelerate aging and pigmentation. Stock image

Many foundations now contain SPF, but for optimum protection you must apply SPF under your makeup for a more effective barrier.

SPF must be used religiously all year round – don’t think it is not necessary in winter, because harmful rays can still penetrate and accelerate aging and pigmentation.

Good skin care but poor makeup

Breakouts are a struggle for so many, with so many factors that play a role.

Many people who suffer from pimples invest in good skin care, routines and treatments to keep stains at bay.

But the same attention and care must be given to the quality and ingredients of their makeup choices – particularly the basics.

London-based Dr. Mervyn Patterson, specialist in skin health and cosmetic dermatologist at Woodford Medical

London-based Dr. Mervyn Patterson, specialist in skin health and cosmetic dermatologist at Woodford Medical

London-based Dr. Mervyn Patterson, specialist in skin health and cosmetic dermatologist at Woodford Medical

It is generally better to look for mineral makeup ranges that are designed to sit on the surface of the skin and are less likely to cause pore blockages, outbreaks, and irritation.

Never skip the night cleaning

It is really important to ensure that all makeup, sunscreen and any pollution or environmental pollution that is picked up during the day is thoroughly cleansed from the skin at night.

A clean cloth ensures that your normal skin care routine will penetrate more effectively.

Repair, repair, repair

Be skin-care and look for products that help restore and renew. Repairing the external skin barrier by optimizing the correct lipid ratio improves the protective properties of the epidermal cells on the surface.

Products that also contain a wide range of anti-inflammatory ingredients will dampen unwanted chronic inflammation and improve skin health.

For more information about Dr.’s work Patterson, visit www.woodfordmedical.co.uk.

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