Beauty blunder #1: Skipping the SunscreenYes, this is obvious, but it’s so important that it warrants repeating. Even if you’re going to be inside all day, you get sun exposure just while walking to and from the car, and UV rays can penetrate glass while driving or sitting by a window. You’re likely using moisturizer anyway, so use one with at least SPF 30. Sunscreen ingredients and formulations have come a long way; you won’t even notice the difference!
Beauty blunder #2: Not Using Antioxidants
Did you know that sunscreen isn’t enough to protect your skin from all environmental damage? UV rays generate free radicals, and unfortunately SPF doesn’t shield your skin from them. Using a serum or sunscreen that contains antioxidants like vitamin C or E helps take your skin protection to another level.
Beauty blunder #3: Using Retinol in the Morning
If you’ve heard that using retinol in the morning is a bad idea, you probably think it’s because this ingredient makes skin extra-sensitive to the sun—but this isn’t the real reason why it’s best applied at night. Retinol is deactivated by UV light (which is why it should be packaged in an opaque tube) so don’t waste your money by using it when the sun is up.
Beauty blunder #4: Using the Wrong MoisturizerIt’s important to strike a balance when it comes to your skin’s moisture levels. Too little hydration and your skin feels tight and looks dry and flaky. Too much and skin gets shiny, pores get clogged and makeup basically slides off your face. You probably know where your skin falls on the hydration spectrum.
If you’re oily, try a lightweight serum, or see if your sunscreen is enough. If you’re dry, stick with a cream but be careful with an oil. While it may provide the moisture your skin needs, it may leave you looking too slick.
Need a suggestion? Adore Cosmetics’ brand ambassador, supermodel Erin Heatherton, told InStyle that one of her favorite products for her beauty regimen is the Essence Facial Hydrating Cream for Normal to Dry Skin (also available for normal to oily skin).