With all the information out there about what you should or shouldn’t be doing to your skin, it can be hard to keep it all straight. It’s true that routines will differ based on each person’s unique concerns, but some things should be avoided by everyone. Steer clear of these mistakes and your skin will thank you.

1. Not cleansing in the AM.

We admit that we might be a tad biased in favor of cleansing at least twice a day, but you don’t have to just take our word for it: the American Academy of Dermatology recommends it too.

You already know it’s important to cleanse your face at night to wash off all the impurities that accumulate during the day. But it’s just as important to cleanse in the morning. For one thing, you need to wash off your nightly skincare products. The other reason is that the pillowcase you’ve been sleeping on all night loves to collect sweat and bacteria, which can definitely irritate your skin.

Try the Pore Refining Detox Double Cleanse, our gentle morning cleanser that draws out overnight impurities from pores while smoothing away buildup on the surface. Our Hydra-Therapy Foaming Cleanse is another great option, gently removing pore-clogging impurities without upsetting skin.

2. Over-exfoliating.

Exfoliating gets rid of dead skin cells, so of course it’s vital in many skincare routines. But the thing is, you don’t need to do it every day. It can be rough on your skin and the scrubbing can leave it unnecessarily raw. Chemical exfoliants like toner are gentler and can be used more often. Physical exfoliants, on the other hand, should only be used once or twice a week. Our White Marble Dual Phase Vitamin C Peel, for example, is a great weekly addition to your cleansing ritual.

3. Not using a moisturizer with SPF every day.

No matter what the season is, the sun is still gonna be out. Think about it: even when you’re driving to work or walking to the subway, the sun comes in through the window and definitely as you’re walking. UV rays will lead to skin damage, but it’s so easy to protect it with moisturizer or lotion. Our Firmarine Moisturizer SPF 30 not only shields your skin but restores firmness too.

4. Not investing in products.

The old adage is particularly true when it comes to skincare products: you get what you pay for. What many people may not realize is that high-quality ingredients and the research it takes to determine how well they work naturally translates to higher costs.

Investing in products is essentially investing in your skin, which can prevent permanent damage and improve its health in the long run. Keep in mind that with high-caliber products, a little often goes a long way. Consider our Phormula 3-9 Repair Balm. This intensely nourishing heavy repair cream was beloved by Marilyn Monroe for a reason!

5. Not double cleansing.

As fierce advocates of the double cleanse, we can’t overstate its benefits. Quick EL 101: double cleansing pairs a cleansing oil to remove makeup and a water-based cleanser bar to remove everything else. Our favorite: the Detoxifying Double Cleanse Travel Set, with our Detoxifying Cleansing Oil to wash away that makeup and our iconic Laszlo-original Cleansing Bar to leave your skin radiant. If you do nothing else – well, just do this! Wave goodbye to impurities and makeup, sleep tight with perfectly cleansed skin. 

Want to ensure that your skin stays soft, smooth, and glowing? Don’t let any of these mistakes find their way into your routine! Top it off with the ABCs of Skincare for the ultimate in skincare knowledge.