Change is a tricky thing, especially when it comes to skincare. We work tirelessly to bring together a routine for ourselves that’s both realistic and worthwhile. We test products, from drugstore brands to high-end lines. We go through months and maybe even years of skincare trial and error, not simply for the sake of experimentation, but because we’re building our perfect roster. Staying faithful to a skincare routine takes effort. When we find what works, we stick to it, even if our skin has evolved. But what if your tried and true routine isn’t holding the same magic as it used to? Is it time to reevaluate your skincare routine?
Look for Clear Signs
Of course, not every person has to switch up their skincare routine once they’ve found something that works for them. After all, the basics still stay the same. Cleanse, tone, moisturize. But alas, sometimes our skin starts dropping us hints that it’s time to change things up, and other times, it simply screams at us to “get it together”.
Be on the lookout for those signs. Not sure what you should be keeping in mind? Simply put, pay attention to any changes in your skin that are either sudden, or just not normal. Is your skin drier than normal? Are you breaking out more? Are you seeing redness and discoloration? Of course, you should always factor in other elements of your day that could be causing your skin to act out. Weather, sunlight, water, diet, and hormones can all affect the way your skin decides to behave. However, if you’ve eliminated all other elements, your skincare routine is likely the answer. I personally watch for:
More breakouts than normal
Too much oil
If you’re trying out a new routine, or your old routine is suddenly trash, pinpoint the issues your skin is having and ***
Breakup with the Breakouts
You wake up one morning to a face you haven’t seen since your teen years. Breakout central. Here’s the thing, most individuals deal with the occasional zit here and there. However, if you’re experiencing something relatively severe, it’s time to look closer at what’s happening.
Are you trying a new routine? If you’re trying out something new or using popular beauty products with hydroxy acids and retinoids, you’re likely experiencing the effects of high cell turnover. What’s that mean? Well, as counterintuitive as it might seem, the products meant to make your skin look young and dewy can sometimes bring out the worst in our skin right at the beginning. The faster the cell turnover, the more likely preexisting acne will resurface for a time. This acne is usually seen in areas that you commonly experience ance in.
Are breakouts happening in unusual places? Of course, no one loves breaking out, but every persons skin needs time to adjust to new changes. However, there’s a difference between skin going through normal phases and skin that’s irritated and reactive. If you’ve begun breaking out in unusual areas on your face, it’s likely a product in your routine that’s causing an issue. If that’s the case, it’s time to look for something new.
Dry, Oily, Dry, Oily
In skincare, every person is simply trying to retain a perfect balance for their skin. Looking fresh, young, and bright is the key. When dry patches and oily skin start becoming an issue, our hopes of that naturally glowing look feel out of our reach. If your favorite skincare routine is suddenly causing excessive dryness or increased oil production, it could be that our skin is trying to communicate that it needs something new. Take the time to listen to your skin, and it never hurts to revisit the ingredients list on all your go-to products.
Feeling parched? If dry patches and flaky skin are an issue, it could be an ingredient that is causing the problem. If your products contain heavy amounts of alcohol, benzoyl peroxide, retinoids, and salicylic acid, you might have your answer. Of course, you don’t have to avoid these ingredients altogether, but be careful with what ingredients you’re choosing and why. Each ingredient above does hold a purpose in skincare, but they be throwing your skin off if there’s an imbalance somewhere else in your routine.
Feeling slick? On the other side of the spectrum, your dewy skin may suddenly need a caution sign for wet floors. Oil on skin is completely natural, but if there’s a significant increase while using an old routine, or adding in new products, it’s time to reevaluate. The fix is usually surprisingly simple, but one that might feel counterintuitive. Unlike dryness, oiliness is usually a sign of overdoing it with cleansing and exfoliating, and underdoing it with the moisturizer. Sudden oil can be a sign that you’re stripping your skin of important components. The skin responds by overproducing oil to fix the problem. Try cleansing at night, but leaving the healthy oils that develop on your skin at night on in the morning.
A little bit of both? It’s all about balance. If your skin is showing signs of dryness and increased oil, keep your routine simple so your skin can do its job without severe interference. Always cleanse your skin at night by removing makeup, and going back in with something light, like micellar water to take out any additional dirt. Finish with your normal serums. If you need to cleanse in the morning, keep it light, and don’t use aggressive products. Keep exfoliation to a minimum, and discontinue products that rough up the surface of the skin. As for moisturizer, use it. No matter if your skin is dry or oily, moisturizer is a necessity for any routine. Your skin might be overcompensating for the loss of hydration. Uneven texture, patches, and breakouts are all signs that somethings off balance, after all.
Beauty Isn’t Pain
There’s a common misconception that pain is a necessary evil when it comes to beauty. If that’s your line of thinking, try to dismantle it. The fact of the matter is, the less pain our skin feels, the better. Feeling irritated by a product your skin once loved? It might be time to take it out of your routine. Flaking, redness, burning, and tingling that lasts longer than three to five seconds are all signs of inflammation of the skin. Your skin is literally telling you it can handle what it’s being given. It’s your chance to listen.
Sticking to a basic skincare routine is a great idea, but never felt limited by the products you’ve found worked for you in the past. Sometimes our skin needs a change, and it’ll usually alert us when it does. Have fun with it! Try out new things when your heart desires, but keep in mind that a consistent routine and regimen often have greater results. Listen to your skin and reevaluate products whenever you need to.