It’s no secret that creating and maintaining a good skincare regime takes A LOT of dedication. So there’s nothing worse than when despite your hard work, your skin isn’t bringing its A-game; it’s oily, it feels rough, or it’s prone to dry patches. If this sounds familiar, you could be making one of these common skincare mistakes. The good news is there’s often a quick and easy fix to address the skincare issue. We’re breaking down five signs your daily skincare routine isn’t working for you, so you can switch it up and make your skin feel happier.
Sign 1. Tight Skin
Cause: Over exfoliation or dehydrated skin
Solution: Change your formulas and check your ingredients
If your skin feels tight, chances are your lipid barrier – the skin’s protective layer that protects it from dryness, sensitivity or irritation – has been compromised. This could be a result of using too many harsh ingredients like retinol, AHAs or BHAs or using formulas that strip the skin of its natural oils like soaps or foam cleansers. Check your products for ingredients like Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS, and SLES as well), as these can compromise the skin’s natural barrier. Tight skin can also be a result of overwashing your skin or washing your skin with water that’s too hot, which disrupts the lipid barrier that holds in moisture, so make sure you wash your skin with lukewarm water a maximum of twice a day.
Exfoliating can also make your skin feel tight and sensitive, which is why you should only exfoliate once or twice a week. However, if it’s currently feeling dry and tight, we’d recommend taking a break from exfoliating until it feels restored. To avoid over-exfoliating, examine your entire skincare regime including your toners, moisturizers, and serums, and look for AHAs, salicylic acid, and retinol. You shouldn’t use too many products that contain ingredients that naturally exfoliate or speed-up skin cell renewal. For example, if your daily toner contains glycolic acid, you should limit your exfoliation to once a week and ensure you don’t use the toner on the same day you exfoliate.
To restore tight skin, you need to rebuild the skin’s epidermis by following a gentle routine packed with hydrating formulas and active ingredients like hyaluronic acid and antioxidants. Make sure you’re double cleansing,first using an oil or balm as these will help lock in moisture, then follow with a gentle, water-based cleanser. Finish with a hydrating serum and moisturizer, and a facial oil you have one. Considering dry, tight skin is caused by a lack of moisture in the corneous layer, your number one aim is hydration.
Sign 2. Oily Skin
Cause: Hormonal fluctuation, weather change, skincare regime
Solution: Change up your regime
The truth is oily skin can be a result of so many things; some are within your control and some are not. It can be down to genetics or it can be due to a hormone fluctuation (find out how including puberty, PMS, pregnancy or the impact of your birth control. If this is the case;
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However, oily skin can also be induced by an aggressive or incorrect skincare regimen. What a lot of people don’t realize is that oily skin is often a sign of dehydrated skin. While we understand this may seem counterintuitive, the fact is when your skin is lacking moisture it tries to compensate by producing even more oil. This is why it’s so important to moisturize regularly. A lightweight formula is ideal as it’ll penetrate your skin and hydrate at a deeper level without sitting on your skin and blocking your pores. Look for a gel or water-based moisturizer or serums that contain hyaluronic acid; it’s an intensely moisturizing molecule found naturally in your body and skin – it’s able to hold 1000 times its weight in water.