8 Bad Skincare Habits To Ditch in 2023

Hello lovelies!

I bet you religiously follow a healthy skincare routine that includes cleansing, toning, and moisturizing.

However, with the rise of social media, it seems that we have a daily new viral skincare trend…for better or for worse.

Indeed, not every trend is good for you. You must remember that keeping a healthy skincare routine can be effective and inexpensive at the same time.

Fortunately, the new year season gives you the opportunity to reassess what works for you and what doesn’t. That’s why we will review the 8 bad skincare habits you must ditch in 2023. Your skin will thank you!

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Exfoliating your skin in excess


skin exfoliation


Yes, we all know that exfoliation gives you a clear and smooth skin as you get rid of dead skin cells. However, excessive exfoliation with harsh scrubs can lead to dark spots, hyperpigmentation, and scars.

And believe me: if you’re a woman of color, it’s worse because you’ll have ugly black spots all over your body, and you’ll look like a leopard. I know you don’t want that.

Consequently, it’s better to exfoliate once or twice a week with a mild scrub. Or you may even want to take an appointment with your dermatologist or your beautician to have microdermabrasion or mild chemical peels once a month.

Neglecting your neck, chest, hands, and feet


neglect your neck


Many women tend to neglect to moisturize their necks, chests, hands, and feet. Unfortunately, these areas are the ones which show your age very quickly, especially if you don’t take care of them very well.

But you have the opportunity to improve this situation in 2023. Here are some actions you may take:

  • moisturize your body immediately after shower
  • use sunscreen, moisturizers, and anti-aging creams on your neck, chest, hands, and feet regularly
  • use hand and foot crews to keep your hands and feet supple and soft
  • moisturize your hands immediately after washing them (or if you have been in contact with water)

N.B. For your hands and feet, you may use the Eight Hour Cream by Elizabeth Arden or The Egyptian Magic Balm. I guarantee you that the state of your hands and feet will be greatly improved after regular use.

Smoking and drinking too much


smoking too much


Those habits may seem glamorous, but unfortunately your skin will tell you otherwise. Alcohol damages your skin as it takes fluids from it. Moreover, it gives you more wrinkles and dehydration issues. Smoking also gives you a dull and grey skin, and causes the early formation of lines and wrinkles. If you want to keep a young look for a very long time, you know what you must do.

Not removing your make-up before sleeping


sleep with make up


We’ve all been teenagers and we’ve all forgotten to remove our make-up at least once in our lives. But this is a bad skincare habit. Why? Though make-up improves you look and boosts your confidence, it’s still unnatural for your skin. It may even clog your pores and it’s not hygienic to sleep with it.

As a consequence, you must never sleep with your color cosmetics on. NEVER. Always remove it with a cleansing balm/oil or a mild remover. The, wash your face thoroughly with your usual cleanser before going to bed.

Not washing your make-up brushes


make up brushes


Make-up brushes are nests of germs and bacteria of all kinds. And they can be harmful for the beauty of your skin. That’s why you must clean them regularly with warm water and a mild shampoo. Strive to wash them at least once a week, especially if you use them on a daily basis.

Jumping on every TikTok skincare trend 


skincare trend TikTok


Watching skincare trends on TikTok can be entertaining. However, it doesn’t mean you must try everything influencers do on your own skin.

Let’s take the example of skin cycling. This skincare practice enables you to rotate through your beauty products (retinol, moisturizer, and scrub) on specific days of the week. However, it does not fit everyone because it can be too harsh or not intense, depending on your skin type.

What’s better to do is to have a simple skincare routine fitting your skin type. If you have any doubt, consult your dermatologist or your beautician.

Having expensive and complicated skincare routines


complicated skincare routine


Do you think that expensive skincare routines are better? If this is your case, you’re wrong at so many levels.

Using too many products can be damaging for your skin, especially if it’s very sensitive. And expensive products are not necessarily the best ones. You may pay for the celebrity of a brand but not for the effectiveness of its products. Some drugstore brands and vegetable oils are more effective than the most expensive cream you’ll find at Sephora.

What I suggest is to stick to products involving ingredients that have shown proven positive results: retinol, vitamin C, or SPF. As for cleansers and moisturizers, don’t throw all your money on them.

Another tip I can give you is to pay attention to the benefits of the products – not to their price tag. I can tell you that my last haul didn’t include any expensive product. But I’ll talk about my haul in another dedicated post.

Trying dangerous DIY skincare treatments


DIY skincare treatment


One day, I heard that one of the best TikTok skincare trend was the menstrual masking. And I just shook my head and asked the Lord: why???

I know it’s a DIY attempt to replicate the “vampire facial” that was so trendy among celebrities, including Kim Kardashian. But while the “vampire facial” is actually made of platelet-rich plasma, menstrual blood has other components. And it’s not designed to be a skincare treatment.

One piece of advice: just leave these trends alone and stick to the DIY classics!

Do you need skincare advice? Ask an expert


beauty expert


If you’re unsure about the skincare routine you need to follow, consult your dermatologist or your beautician. They are actually trained to give you the best advice adapted to your skin type. Though experimenting with new skincare products may be fun, you must take your skincare routine very seriously. Especially if you’re subject to skin conditions, such as rosacea, eczema, or acne.

In conclusion, in 2023, you must ditch the following habits:

  • over exfoliating your skin
  • neglecting your neck, chest, hands, and feet
  • smoking and drinking too much
  • not removing your make-up before bedtime
  • not washing your make-up brushes
  • jumping on every TikTok skincare trend
  • having expensive and complicated skincare routines
  • trying dangerous DIY skincare treatments

Well, that’s all for today! What other bad skincare habits do you plan to ditch in 2023? Leave your comments below!

Take care!

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  1. Kevin says:

    Thanks for writing this amazing post on skincare! One of my New Year’s resolutions is to take better care of my skin in 2023. I’m glad you talked about avoiding expensive and complicated skincare routines. I was about to try a bunch of expensive products out, but I changed my mind now. I’ve been interested in various DIY and natural routines. Wondering if you have any recommendations?

    1. admin says:

      Hey Kevin, thanks for your comment! I do have DIY recommendations but you have to follow me! Stay tuned!

  2. Rachele says:

    Thank you for sharing your invaluable information related to skincare. Although I know the importance of moisturizing my skin, I have been avoiding giving my skin the treatment it needs because I have extremely oily skin. Also, I am guilty of over exfoliated.

    I am so thankful for running into your article because I have learned quite a few things. For example, using moisturizer on my neck, chest, and feet. Another thing that I found interesting was the fact that Kim Kardashian and other celebrities use the “vampire facial.”

    I am so glad to know that certain expensive skin products are not healthy for my skin. In 2023, I plan to take better care of my skin. Skin care can make a significant difference to anyone’s skin.

    Looking forward to reading more of your blogposts,

    1. admin says:

      Thanks Rachele!

  3. Lizzy Stabel says:

    Seeing this article, I think that I do need to ditch a few habits haha. For the second point, for example, I am 50 years old now and my face isn’t all to bad with wrinkles, but I did neglect my neck over the years and it shows. Is there anything I could still do about that now to get the skin there tighter again or is it to late? thanks!

    1. admin says:

      Thanks for your comment Lizzie! I just have one answer to your question: moisturize, moisturize, moisturize!

  4. kiersti says:

    Thank you for this fantastic skincare post! I need to take better care of my skin. I understand how critical it is. I am notorious for leaving my makeup on. Which I know I shouldn’t do and should be better at. Aside from that, I believe I am doing well. This advice will be implemented. Because having healthy skin is essential for both beauty and health.

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  5. Sydney says:

    It’s great to see that you emphasized the importance of not picking at your skin and not using too hot of water when washing your face. These are habits that I am definitely guilty of and it’s good to be reminded of the negative effects they can have on my skin. I also appreciate that you included the recommendation to not skip out on sunscreen, as maintaining more youthful-looking skin for sure pays off in the long run. I’ll also focus on sticking to products that have simple, proven ingredients rather than overpriced formulations. Thank you for sharing your skincare knowledge and for providing useful tips on how to improve my daily routine!

    1. admin says:

      You’re welcome Sydney!

  6. Sariyah says:

    Hey thanks a bunch for this post!

    It couldn’t come at a better time as I’ve been doing a little research on good tips for caring about my skin. Definitely going to be taking note of these tips since good skincare is definitely an essential habit.

    I haven’t been taking care of my skin however now I’m going to take it seriously and start a good routine.

    Have a great day!

    1. admin says:

      Thanks Sariyah! Have a great day too!

  7. Katherine Prieto says:

    Much obliged to you for sharing your important data connected with skincare. Despite the fact that I know the significance of saturating my skin, I haven’t been able to find something that can moisturize my face properly. I have dry skin and I don’t wear makeup whatsoever, anything else that you would recommend? 

    1. admin says:

      I do have recommendations for dry skins: try to use brands that you’ll find in pharmacy. In France you have brands like Avene or La Roche Posay that can fit your skin type. Your moisturizer should be richer than usual. But stay tuned because I do have the project to write an article about dry skins!

  8. IseeP says:

    This article is a great reminder to each of us not to neglect our skin. Excellent skincare is important for everyone’s health. It prevents excessive damage to the skin from harmful factors such as sun exposure, pollution, and microorganisms. Therefore, excellent skincare is necessary for the health of the skin and for maintaining good skin texture and tone. People with dry skin need to take extra precautions when applying lotions to their skin. 

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  9. Parameter says:

    Thank you for these words of caution. I never knew drinking alcohol damage our skin. Although I know it causes dehydration, I did not relate it to skin wrinkling. I also agree with you on the ease with which we forget to moisturize our skin, hands and feet. I am very guilty of it. We concentrate on our face but forget these other parts

    1. admin says:

      Yes indeed!

  10. Sandi says:

    I love this article. You have a lot of good tips and tricks that I’m going to try. I also like things simple, so getting back to the basics is a good idea. I love retinol, so choosing that as one of my priority ingredients makes sense.

    That whole vampire facial reference was disturbing. hahaha. and creepy.

    Thanks for posting this article, I look forward to seeing more.

    Thanks and have a great day.

    1. admin says:

      You’re welcome! And thanks for your nice comment!

  11. pasindu dimanka says:

    I recently came across this enlightening article on bad skincare habits, and I must say it serves as a wake-up call for anyone looking to improve their skincare routine. Your identification of common pitfalls and practical tips for breaking these habits make it an invaluable resource for skincare enthusiasts seeking healthier and more radiant skin.

    What struck me most about this article is the emphasis on education and empowerment. By highlighting eight common bad skincare habits, such as sleeping with makeup on, over-exfoliating, and neglecting sunscreen, the article provides readers with a clear understanding of the detrimental effects these practices can have on their skin.

    I highly recommend this article to anyone who wishes to enhance their skincare knowledge and make positive changes in their daily routines. Your insight into bad skincare habits, coupled with their practical advice and empowering approach, make it a valuable resource for achieving healthier and more radiant skin. By ditching these bad habits and embracing healthier alternatives, readers can embark on a journey towards glowing and nourished skin that radiates beauty from within.

    1. admin says:

      Thanks for your nice comment!

  12. Cal says:

    Hello Elodie! I just finished reading your article 8 Bad Skincare Habits To Ditch In 2023. And I really enjoyed reading this article! It was very detailed and informative on the different skincare habits that might actually be doing more harm to your skin than good. 

    I was really intrigued by the fact that lots of times women neglect to moisturize their hands, neck, feet, and chest in their skincare routines. I recently actually noticed this in my own skincare routine. I don’t moisturize every day after I shower, but, I do so about every second day. 

    Just to give my skin a break from the extra moisture. I’m not sure if that’s good or not, maybe I should be moisturizing every day? But, I noticed with the summer really starting to get hot where I live, and running our air conditioning all the time indoors, my skin has started to become a bit drier and was itchy a couple of days, so I began moisturizing more, recently. 

    And it’s really helped. I usually try to moisturize my whole body when I do this. My legs, neck, face, hands, arms, and shoulders. It’s super true that you don’t need a massively expensive amount of products to keep a good skincare routine. Your local drugstore has many affordable body lotions that will do the job just fine. 

    I’ve often found sometimes more expensive products that have special scents and other things, they actually contain more chemical ingredients, and their perfumes often actually do the opposite of helping moisturize your skin, they’ll dry it out due to the alcohols and other ingredients that are required for a scent to be present in the body lotion. 

    Furthermore, sometimes you can even use moisturizing ingredients that you’d find in your kitchen pantry! Coconut oil is a fabulous moisturizer, and it has a lovely natural coconut scent too. 

    I was surprised at some of the bad skincare habits you listed, which means I learned a few new things today about having a better skincare routine. That’s awesome! Thank-You for such a lovely and informative article Elodie! I can’t wait to read what you write next! đŸ™‚ 

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