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3 Skincare Mistakes You Don’t Know You’re Making

Taking care of your skin is essential for maintaining a healthy and radiant complexion, but despite your best efforts, you could be shooting yourself in the foot. Here are 3 common skincare blunders we’ve all fallen into at some stage. 

From not wearing sunscreen to overlooking the importance of a skin-boosting diet, these errors can impact the health and appearance of your skin. Let's find out how to rectify them for a glowing complexion.

Misunderstanding Oily Skin

It's a common misconception that oily skin doesn't need hydration. In reality, oily skin can often be a sign of dehydration. When your skin lacks proper hydration, it can overproduce oil to compensate, leading to breakouts and an imbalanced complexion.

The Fix:

Focus on hydration, even if you have oily skin. Use lightweight, non-comedogenic moisturizers that balance oil production and maintain skin's moisture barrier. Opt for products with hyaluronic acid, glycerin, or ceramides, which help retain moisture without clogging pores. Remember that well-hydrated skin is healthier, more resilient, and less prone to breakouts.

Not Wearing Sunscreen

Most of us know to slather on our sunscreen when we’ve got a big day out, but it isn't just for beach days – it should be a crucial step in your daily skincare routine. The sun's harmful UV rays are one of the primary causes of premature ageing, fine lines, wrinkles, and even skin cancer, especially if you’re down here in sunny Australia. Neglecting sunscreen leaves your skin vulnerable to these damages, regardless of the weather or season – yep, that’s right, even on an overcast day you’re exposed to those powerful rays.

The Fix:

Incorporate sunscreen with at least SPF 30 into your daily routine, even on cloudy days. Choose a broad-spectrum sunscreen that protects against both UVA and UVB rays. Applying sunscreen in the morning and reapplying throughout the day, especially if you're outdoors, will shield your skin from the sun's harmful effects and help maintain its youthful glow.

Neglecting Your Diet

Skincare isn't just about what you put on your skin; it's also about what you put in your body. Your diet plays a significant role in the health and appearance of your skin, and if your diet lacks essential nutrients, vitamins, and antioxidants, your skin might suffer from dullness, dryness, and a lackluster complexion.

The Fix:

Opt for a skin-boosting diet rich in fruits, vegetables, whole grains, lean proteins, and healthy fats. Foods high in antioxidants, such as berries, leafy greens, and nuts, combat oxidative stress and help maintain skin elasticity. Include foods rich in omega-3 fatty acids like fatty fish, flaxseeds, and walnuts to support skin hydration and reduce inflammation. 

Make sure you’re getting the following:


  • Vitamin C: Found in citrus fruits, berries, bell peppers, and broccoli, vitamin C is a potent antioxidant that helps protect the skin from oxidative stress and supports collagen synthesis for firmness and elasticity.
  • Vitamin E: Nuts, seeds, spinach, and avocados are rich sources of vitamin E, another antioxidant that helps defend the skin against damage from free radicals.
  • Omega-3 Fatty Acids: Fatty fish like salmon, mackerel, and sardines, as well as flaxseeds and walnuts, provide omega-3 fatty acids. These healthy fats reduce inflammation, maintain skin moisture, and promote a radiant complexion.
  • Beta-Carotene: Carrots, sweet potatoes, spinach, and kale contain beta-carotene, a precursor to vitamin A. This nutrient supports skin cell turnover, repair, and helps maintain a healthy glow.
  • Zinc: Zinc, found in nuts, seeds, whole grains, and legumes, plays a role in wound healing, cell renewal, and regulating oil production, making it essential for clear and healthy skin.
  • Selenium: Selenium-rich foods like Brazil nuts, seafood, and whole grains contribute to skin health by protecting against UV-induced damage and promoting skin elasticity.
  • Antioxidant-Rich Foods: Berries, dark leafy greens, and dark chocolate are rich in antioxidants that combat free radicals, help reduce inflammation, and promote vibrant skin.
  • Healthy Fats: Avocado, olive oil, and nuts contain monounsaturated fats that support skin hydration and help maintain the skin's lipid barrier, preventing moisture loss.
  • Collagen-Boosting Foods: Include lean proteins like poultry, lean meats, eggs, and legumes to provide the amino acids necessary for collagen synthesis.
  • Hydration: Drinking water, herbal teas, and consuming water-rich foods like cucumbers and watermelon helps keep the skin hydrated and supports its natural functions.
  • Whole Grains: Whole grains like quinoa, brown rice, and oats provide B-vitamins and fibre that promote overall skin health.
  • Green Tea: Green tea is rich in polyphenols that offer antioxidant and anti-inflammatory benefits, contributing to healthier skin.
  • Probiotics: Fermented foods like yogurt, kefir, sauerkraut, and kimchi provide probiotics that support gut health, which in turn can positively impact skin health.

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