The new year is almost here and now is the perfect time to evaluate your skin care habits. As a dermatologist, I always emphasize the importance of good skin care, but some habits you may have picked up in 2023 may be better left behind. Here are five meaningful skincare habits to leave behind in 2023:
1. Don’t blindly follow every new skin care trend
Social media is full of new skin care trends. It’s tempting to jump right in and try to embrace what everyone else seems to be doing. But beware, not everything promoted on Facebook, Snapchat, Instagram or TikTok is suitable for your skin. Skin care is not one-size-fits-all. What works for one person may not work for another. In 2024, be more selective in what you try. Choose skin care products and routines based on your skin type, needs and dermatological advice. Are you curious about bizarre skin care trends?
2. Keep your habits simple: Quality over quantity
It’s not uncommon for some people to make their skin care routine overly complex. While it’s good to treat yourself every now and then, be careful not to overdo it. Having an overcomplicated routine can actually be harmful to your skin.
It is important to understand that your skin acts as a kind of filter. This means that not all products you apply to your skin are activated at the same time. Some combinations of products can cause or worsen skin irritations. For example, consider combining vitamin C with retinol, fruit acids with vitamin C, or retinol with sunscreen.
The message is: choose simplicity and quality over excessive use. It is not necessary to use ten different products to maintain healthy skin. In fact, some high-quality products tailored to your specific needs can be much more effective. This way you keep your skin care simple and effective.
3. Be aware of individual differences, including skin types of various ethnicities
In a world full of influencers and online opinions, it’s easy to lose yourself in the trends and expectations of others. But in 2024 it’s time to focus on yourself again while taking into account individual differences, including skin types of various ethnicities.
It is important to get to know your own skin and understand what it needs. Work on a routine that suits you, but be aware that skin types can vary, especially among people of different ethnic backgrounds. Don’t unnecessarily compare your skin or routine to others, because everyone is different and has unique needs.
Other examples of this are chemical home peels, pigment laser and microneedling may not always work out well for people with tanned skin. Keep in mind that what works for one person may not have the same effect for someone else, and that is completely normal.
4. Be careful with highly concentrated ingredients
Skin care products with highly concentrated ingredients, such as acids and retinoids, can deliver powerful results. But they can also be harmful if used incorrectly. In 2024, be careful with these products. Strictly follow the instructions for use and do not exceed the recommended dosage. Highly concentrated ingredients can make skin more sensitive to the sun and cause irritation if used too often or in excess.
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5. When in doubt, ask a real expert
The Internet is a great source of information, but it can also be confusing. If you’re ever unsure about a particular product, routine, or skin concern, turn to a true skin expert: a dermatologist. They are trained to understand your specific skin problems and can provide tailor-made advice. Instead of relying on online reviews or the advice of friends, get your skin assessed by a professional.
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Extra practical tip: Stop self-treating genital warts with over-the-counter products
An important habit that should definitely be left behind is the self-treatment of genital warts with over-the-counter products. There are cases where people have used liquid nitrogen, which is normally used for common warts, for genital warts. However, this can lead to serious complications, such as burns, scars and even infections of the genital skin. Genital warts should always be assessed and treated by a qualified doctor to minimize risks and ensure effective care.
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In summary, take the time to understand what you are putting on your skin and why. Listen to your skin and don’t be afraid to seek professional advice. In 2024, it’s not about trends, it’s about what’s best for your skin.