Skin care routines are not meant to last forever. Though this might be a little hard for you being that you might have grown quite affiliated with your products and have come to love them over the years , there comes a time when you might need to shake up your daily regimen to address your skin’s changing needs. Now that the year is still fresh, it is best you take stock of what is and what is not needed for your skin and also find out if your routine needs some switching up, and find out what you will need for this fresh start. Whether you are terrified of change or you welcome the excitement that comes with it, switching your skin care routine is definitely something you should not have second thoughts about.
Why your Skin Care Routine Needs a Makeover
Though you might plunge into depression at the thought of parting with your favorite moisturizer, it is however important you understand that some of your favorite products may no longer be meeting up to the standards of your skin, hence failing to provide your skin the nourishment it needs. Especially in the case where you have to consider how your skin is affected by the natural aging process and by changes in your day to day habits and lifestyle.
The different stages in a person’s life will help determine what products the person should use. Teens will more likely use acne products to fight breakouts. For people in their 30’s, the focus should shift to aging prevention. “Major life events like pregnancy and menopause can affect hormones and send skin into a whirlwind of changes. Dryness, hyper-pigmentation and hormonal breakouts concentrated in the jaw line will become more frequent.
Things like the amount of humidity in the air, changes in your diet and the stress hormone cortisol are some of the things that can cause your skin care products not to work as well as they used to.
How to Tell If You Need a New Skin Care Routine
Your skin concerns can be linked to a number of factors, but sometimes, adding or switching out a product or two is all it takes to keep your skin in fighting form. Below, we list down some of the most common signs your skin is a prime candidate for a much-needed transition.
Your breakouts worsen after treatment.
If you’ve recently started a topical treatment and your skin actually gets worse, you’ll want to take note of the active ingredient in your product. If your skin is irritated after a new topical treatment, you should first examine the treatment. A topical vitamin-A product commonly produces some redness/irritation as part of its process, and this does not indicate an allergy or problem. But if your skin is truly irritated, you should try using the product every second or third night instead. And also switch to a more gentle cleanser and moisturizer to ease dryness.
To soothe irritation, you should try natural products like aloe vera to heal your burning skin, organic honey to help fight infections and coconut or almond oil to nourish and hydrate your skin.
Your skin is excessively dry.
“Dry skin can be genetic. It can, among other factors be a by-product of excessive cleaning and oil-stripping, dry environment and incorrect diet. To prevent your skin from being excessively dry, try replacing your alcohol and acid based products with products that contain moisturizing ingredients like hyaluronic acid and ceramides, especially in drier months.
Too much exfoliation is another factor that can contribute majorly to skin dryness. Stripping your skin of its natural acidity leads to oversensitive skin, dryness and dark spots. If you notice your complexion is getting drier than normal, you should refrain from using salt, sugar and other harsh scrubs that can strip your skin of its natural moisture and also cause micro-scarring. Instead of all these, try exfoliating polishes with finer granules that are much gentler on skin and also look for hydrating toners and moisturizers with water as one of their first ingredients.
Your skin is off-balance.
While having dry or oily skin is determined by genetics, using the wrong products can over-dry your skin and interfere with your skin’s sebum production, causing it to produce more oil than necessary. “If you spend every day trying to remove every ounce of oil off your skin, it will actually try to produce more. The key is to keep oil production in check and to not over-treat your skin,” explains Murphy.
When looking for the best ingredients that will help you deal with excess grease, your easy go to should be salicylic acid and clay as they can absorb oil without being too harsh on your skin. To prevent your skin from drying out completely, you should consider swapping out your alcohol based toner for hydrating floral water and also opt for gentle cleansers with natural PH balancing ingredients. Preferably ones with ingredients like honey, apple cider vinegar and other nourishing oils like argan, jojoba and olive oils
You have new “freckles.”
Almost 85 percent of your visible skin aging is caused by sun damage. This often leads causes hyper-pigmentation, an uneven skin tone and texture and wrinkles also. To that effect, you should switch to a broad spectrum formula that can defend your skin from both UVA and UVB type of rays (which are usually the big culprits when dealing with hyper-pigmentation), or increase the SPF, if the product you are using now already protects your skin against both rays.
However, that is not the end of it. Those “freckles” and dark spots that seem to sprout out of nowhere can also be the result of post-acne scarring, hormones (from pregnancy) and over-exfoliation. And though hydroquinone is the quickest and most effective way to brighten discoloration, natural ingredients like vitamin C, arbutin (that prevents the formation of melanin) and gentle exfoliators like kojic, azelaic and mandelic acids are also very effective in lightening dark spots and are great alternatives to hydroquinone.