Are You Listening To Your Skin?

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At first it was great. Everyone could see the difference. Even your sister had to admit how great you looked. And then, it stopped. The glow was gone. The product didn’t seem to be working anymore. Your love affair with your new skin care product was over. But was there anything you could do? Yes, apparently. Keep reading to find out how you can keep your relationships with your skin products from going stale.

Is Your Skin Care Routine Becoming Too Routine?

Most people prefer sticking to a routine, and there’s nothing wrong with that. Routines keep our lives in order, they give structure to our day, and that applies to skin care as well. However, every once in a while, our skin may be trying to tell us something.

According to Marina Peredo, MD, ”Our skin is as unique as out fingerprint, meaning there is no one-size-fits-all approach.” She recommends the use of  a good cleanser, astringent, daily toner, and a sunscreen with an SPF of at least 30. As Suneel Chilikuri, MD, points out, ”Unless you’re using a topical prescription, your skin does not build an immunity to skin care products over time.”

When Should You Make A Change?

However, your skin does tend to change. Stress, the changing of seasons, age and hormonal fluctuations can all affect the state of your skin, and you may need to make some appropriate changes. Dermatologic surgeon Sejal Shah, MD, says, “As your skin’s needs change, you may note that a product may not be working as well, so it may be time for a change.”

How Much Change Is Too Much?

While Shah encourages change, she also acknowledges that some changes may be the wrong ones. She cautions against using ineffective or overly harsh products that can cause dryness, breakouts, or irritation, especially given that people tend to treat acne with products that strip skin of lipids and moisture.

Chilukuri says that the frequent use of overly powerful products can cause skin to overproduce sebum, which can clog pores, leading to acne, dry patches, and irritation. “When harsh products are used over time,” says the doctor, “the barrier becomes disturbed and the skin gets red and sensitive. Conversely, someone using overly emollient products who doesn’t need them will likely begin to breakout.”

What Should You Be Using Every Day?

Most skin experts will agree on the importance of a daily sunscreen for UV protection. Likewise, most toners, moisturizers, and cleanser can be used every day, although specific products may vary based on certain factors. Exfoliation scrubs should be limited to weekly use to avoid irritated skin.

What’s your skin been telling you lately? What changes are you making to keep things interesting? Let us know.

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