5 questions to ask yourself before changing your skin routine
Whether you're writing a product off as a dud, or you're ready to throw all your money aty the latest ingredient on the market, it's important to ask yourself a few questions before you change up your skin regime:
1. If you're ditching an ingredient, have you given it a 6-week test run first?
Your skin will take a minimum of 6 weeks to adjust to a new product, and while it's adjusting, your skin will purge - meaning it will break out, go flaky and dry, and do things totally out of the normal. Like the saying goes, 'It won't happen overnight, but it will happen'. So, give it time.
2. How is the condition of my skin barrier?
Before you invest in a new product/ingredient, consider the condition of your skin barrier. If your skin barrier is damaged or compromised, you need to:
a) repair your skin barrier to see if this will resolve the problems you're trying to fix; and
b) remember that some active ingredients will do more harm than good to a damaged skin barrier, so get your skin barrier in check so that it's ready to take on active ingredients later down the track.
3. Do I know how to use this product correctly?
Did you know that not all ingredients can be used together on your face at the same time? Or that some ingredients can be over used?
Some active ingredients will actually have a negative effect when used together, or when used too often - the end result is usually a burn (this can range from a dry, flaky patch right through to raw skin). So before you decide that a product has damaged your skin, consider the fact that you may not be using it correctly.
4. Is my skin ready for new ingredients?
Sure, you might be working slowly and implementing new ingredients every 6 weeks, but is your skin actually ready at the 6-week mark? Or does it need a bit more time to get used to the current regime?
5. Do I need this product?
Skincare is trending right now, and it's easy to get caught up in wanting to buy all. the. things. This is a tough one, but take a step back and consider if you really need it. Are you self-diagnosing a skin condition that doesn't exist? Is your skin dry and in need of an oil, or is it actually dehydrated and in need of a serum? Are you really going to use that new product/should you be using up what you've already got first? Do I really need it?