There are times in your skincare journey that you will have to look in the mirror and say to yourself ‘babe, this just isn’t working anymore’. It may be a hard chat to have especially when you’ve done all your research, watched every youtube video possible and have saved every skincare infographic you come across on instagram; so to you, you’re pretty much an expert. Newsflash, even experts get it wrong sometimes and have to go back to the drawing board. You might get to a stage with your skincare routine when your skin isn’t reacting to products like it usually would and the benefits of the products you’re using seem to lessen and lessen. Here are a few signs that your skincare routine isn’t working:
You’re doing way too much
Are you using 500 products on your skin at one time? If this is you, honey, put the serum down! You might think that the more steps you have in your routine, the more effective the results may be. This isn’t a fact and often the opposite is more the case. Certain ingredients in products can prevent other products from being absorbed and doing what they claim to do. At minimum all we really need is a cleanser, moisturiser and SPF - build up from there slowly and only use what is useful and not what you think you need.
You’re experiencing irritation
Irritated, patchy and itchy skin may be a sign of a bad reaction. It can be hard to tell so we suggest if you notice anything like this, start keeping a log of what you use and when, then mark that up against your growing irritation. If this does happen and it can happen to anyone, always strip back and half your normal routine while you figure out what’s wrong. With new products, it’s always good to do a patch test first.
You’re not using your skincare products correctly
Chances are, if you’re a seasoned skincare junkie, you might skip reading the instructions and guidelines of products that sound familiar or include ingredients that you’ve used before in a different product. This is quite naughty but we won’t punish you for it. It’s super important to always read the instructions and guidelines especially when it comes to products that have active ingredients like retinol. It’s key to layer your products in the right order and only use a pea-size amount of each - SPF is the one of the only products you can get away with slathering on!
You aren’t seeing any improvements
Like mentioned earlier, what worked for Kemi, may not work for you, and what doesn’t work for Daniel, may actually work for you. It typically takes weeks and sometimes longer to see results from skincare products. We’re in a time where instant gratification is everything but unfortunately, our skin and products didn’t get the programme on this. However, if weeks and months have passed without any gratification, then it could just mean that the product isn’t for you. There’s no shame in this as skincare is often a game or trial and error. It’s always best to write notes or take pictures to track your skin changes as this will help you to see what’s working and what isn’t.