5 Skincare Mistakes That Are Making You Look 5 Years Older

February 17, 2018 by Lisa Fogarty
shefinds | beauty

The number one reason most of us develop a killer skincare regimen is to keep our skin clean, free of clogging oils that can cause acne, and as soft and smooth as possible. But if we’re being honest, a close second reason skincare is so important to a lot of us has everything to do with its anti-aging possibilities.

A simple skincare routine that works usually includes cleanser, toner, moisturizer, sunscreen, eye cream, and a serum if you’re ready to kick things up a notch. There’s rarely a way to fudge it up — but when skincare mistakes do happen, they can cost us by adding on the years. These five skincare mistakes can actually age you — but the good news is that they are easy-breezy to correct.

woman sleeping

You're Sleeping In Your Makeup

It's so tempting to just once fall into bed after a long day at the office or out on the town, leaving your foundation, powder, blush, and eye makeup exactly how it looked when you applied it that morning. Resist the temptation — your pores will thank you. 


When you sleep in your makeup all of the oil and dirt from your cosmetics and whatever your skin has accumulated throughout the day seeps into pores and can clog them and cause blackheads, whiteheads, and pimples. And if you make this a habit, it may be seriously difficult to keep your skin clear. In addition, face makeup can dry out your skin, causing premature wrinkling. If you absolutely can not fathom washing your face with cleanser and water, keep makeup wipes on your night table for a quick, water-less cleanse. 

woman applying cream to neck

You Ignore Your Neck

The skin on our necks is delicate and prone to signs of aging. Worse: we often forget it needs moisture and benefits as much from anti-aging retinol and vitamin C serums as our cheeks. The next time you tend to your face, don't neglect your neck. 

La Roche-Posay sunscreen

You're Not Applying Sunscreen Every Day

La Roche-Posay Anthelios 60 Ultra Light Sunscreen Fluid Extreme ($25.23)


Nothing ages skin faster than UV rays. And the best protection you can provide your skin when you're out and about is a quality sunscreen with a high SPF (SPF 30 is sweet, but the higher the better). This rule applies whether it's sunny outside with not a cloud in the sky or overcast — or raining or snowing (especially snowing). Find a sunscreen you love and make friends with it because it should greet your skin every single morning. 


woman working

You Aren't Sleeping Enough

This skincare mistake has less to do with products and what you do with them and everything to do with one of the most important step to achieving radiant, youthful skin: sleep. 


Not sleeping enough is associated with accelerated skin aging. It actually decreases the moisture in your skin, which contributes to wrinkles, and gives you a sallow, dull complexion. Do your health and skin a favor: turn off, unwind, and get seven to nine hours of quality sleep. 

eye cream

You Consider Eye Creams An Afterthought

Olay Eyes Ultimate Eye Cream ($19.62)

There's a solid reason why Botox is one of the first non-invasive procedures people seek — it temporarily eliminates crow's feet and crow's feet is one of the first signs of aging many of us experience. 


The skin around our eyes is super delicate. An eye cream like Olay Eyes Ultimate Eye Cream provides antioxidants, vitamins, and peptides that prevent wrinkles and address dark circles, puffiness, and other signs of aging. 

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Lisa Fogarty is a lifestyle writer and reporter based in New York who covers health, wellness, relationships, sex, beauty, and parenting.

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