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MISTAKE NO. 4 Over-cleansing and exfoliating
WHY EXPERTS ARE FROWNING You’re stripping your skin of the oils it needs to function properly. Over-cleansing skin leads to premature wrinkles, says Mirran Raphaely, CEO of Dr. Hauschka Skin Care, who explains it this way: “Using harsh exfoliators and heavy cleansers on your skin every day creates an unhealthy dependency—your skin forgets how to take care of its own moisture needs.” We remove oil thinking that it’s the problem. In reality, the more oil you remove, the more your skin works to replace it—creating more oiliness. “Like cures like, so a little bit of a healthy, plant-based oil on the skin helps the skin stay balanced,” Raphaely says. “It may sound counterintuitive, but once you try this method, you’ll never go back,” she adds. So, exfoliate just twice a week, and choose the right product for your skin type. Young, healthy skin will respond to any type of scrub; if you’ve got thinner, mature skin, opt for a fruit enzyme, which gently sloughs off dead cells.
Try: Bobbi Brown Cleansing Oil ($38; bobbibrown.com) dissolves makeup and leaves skin super smooth without stripping skin. /Lancome Crème Douceur Cream-to-Oil Massage Cleanser ($25; lancome-usa.com) is applied like a moisturizer, then is transformed into oil.