Signs Your Skincare Routine is Doing More Harm than Good
Do you have a nice skincare routine set up for your face, slathering on all the recommended products, day and night? Are you seeing any good results or just more breakouts? Sometimes, all the product promises in the world won’t change the fact that they might not be right for your skin type.
It is okay to decide that the products you are using aren’t providing the results you are looking for. When used improperly or with the wrong product, they can do more damage than good. Your skin has unique properties that may require a little experimentation before you find the best skincare routine for you.
There are a few signs to look for to help you decide whether or not you need to stick it out and get used to the new skincare or if it is time to switch it up.
Breakouts are going to happen. The problem is when they don’t stop happening. When introducing a new product with an active ingredient, your skin might purge some of the already present impurities. This kind of breakout will only last about two weeks.
If it lasts longer than a month, there is a good chance that your face is not purging but reacting. Products that are too heavy might trap dirt inside your pores, causing severe breakouts. You might also be using a product that is too harsh for your skin, triggering an increase in oil production to counteract the dryness. Too much oil also clogs pores, causing outbreaks.
Skin Too Tight
If your skin feels too small for your face after using a cleanser or toner, it is probably stripping too much oil from the skin. These products are designed for naturally oily complexions to cut down on surface oils sitting on the skin.
If you have more naturally dry skin, stripping the oils will only contribute to the problem. You risk damaging the natural moisture barrier that protects the outer layers of your skin.
A rash, itchiness, and redness are all signs to immediately stop what you are using. This reaction is your skin telling you that it definitely doesn’t like the product. A reaction like that will continue to get worse with each use.
Often, people with sensitive skin struggle with reactions to added chemicals and fragrances. The first step is to eliminate all similar irritants to see if that fixes the problem.
Greasy and Oily
If your skin is not naturally greasy or oily but you notice an increase of shine in your complexion, it is time to eliminate a few products from your routine. You should be using products that remove lipids from the skin instead of adding them.
Those with naturally oily skin should also avoid moisturizers that layer on thick and hold in hydration. Your skin is doing just fine hydrating itself and might actually need help clearing out pores of excess sebum instead.
One of the many causes of discoloration in the skin is trauma to the epidermis. If you notice an increase in discoloration after beginning a new product, it could be a sign of a reaction to the ingredients. Continued use will cause further damage, so it is wise to discontinue as soon as you notice the extra hyperpigmentation to gauge where the reaction is coming from.
Getting Worse, Not Better
The goal of implementing a skincare routine is to help maintain or improve your skin’s appearance. If that is not happening, then you haven’t quite found the right combination for you. There are a few things to consider when asking yourself, “What should my skincare routine be?” Take some time to figure out what your skin type is, what ingredients you react poorly to, and how much work you want to put into it every day.
At Skin Moderne, we understand that adding harsh chemicals and toxins makes it much more difficult for our facial products to do their jobs. Because of this, we created a skincare company that provides clean, nontoxic, and bio-compatible facial products. Our products are designed to nourish and protect your skin without all the extra irritants. Visit our website to learn more about us and our clean skincare products.