5 Ways You’re Secretly Sabotaging Your Skincare Routine



The word sabotage brings to mind evil villains, whispered plans, and perhaps a sneaky high school mean girl. It does not, however, bring to mind your skincare routine. After all, you cleanse, exfoliate, tone, and moisturize each night, feeling proud of your dedication to your skin’s longtime goals. Well, bad news: You’re probably sabotaging your skin without even realizing it. According to dermatologist Dr. Joshua Zeichner, there are certain things almost every woman does that could be messing with her skin and keeping the good things—say, using retinol, masking once a week—from doing their job. Shock and appalled we could be betraying our skin without knowing it, we asked him to share the five most common skin villains immediately. Keep scrolling to see what he said—and start treating your skin right!