Skin Care Faux Pas
Playing around with cosmetics can be super fun. Especially today, when everything is available to us. Outstanding products that promise even more outstanding results are just a click away. The rise of affordable brands producing products that are competitive with those with a two or three times higher price range has been great lately. Which, of course, is not a bad thing, as companies with more expensive cosmetics that don't work are forced to rethink their concept. On the other hand, cheap skincare is available to a wider audience who lacks basic skincare knowledge, which often results in misusage. We are left to explore on our own. But unfortunately, our skin pays the price for exploring. What are the possible reasons for your skin behaving strangely, even though you're giving it all the love and care that the world can offer?
CONSTANTLY CHANGING SKINCARE PRODUCTS
The vicious cycle of ever-changing products is something that we can quickly stumble upon. It goes something like this. You have a certain skin issue and you go to the store to buy something that is supposed to solve the problem. After a week you then stop using the product because you've decided that the product doesn't work and repeat the whole process from the beginning. This is absolutely not the way. But why is it not okay? There are several reasons. The first and most important is that the skin doesn't like it if you constantly rub it with different products. It takes time for it to get used to the ingredients and develop an "opinion". Be it good or bad. With frequent changes in cosmetics, the skin is constantly in shock by the number of different ingredients, which can be reflected in redness, irritation, and pimples. The other thing is that in one week you can't really tell if a product is working or not. The skin's renewal cycle takes 28 days. You cannot expect drastic changes in a week. Some ingredients work faster than others but still, give it some time. The last important thing is that using certain ingredients initially makes things worse before it turns for the better. This is often the case with the use of AHA and BHA acids, retinol and other active ingredients. Again, it takes time for the skin to adapt to certain ingredients, so hang in there.
A similar story as the vicious circle above. You get acne, start scrubbing your skin like a maniac, the skin becomes irritated and consequently produces more sebum and more acne. It can also become dry and sensitized. In both cases, we are screwed. Let's firs asses that the squeaky- clean feeling after you cleanse your skin is not okay. If this happens to you, throw your cleanser out the window. Maybe through your neighbor's window, her skin may be more suited for it. Secondly, double cleansing should be limited only to the evening routine. If you change your bedding (and towels) regularly enough, there is hardly any need for a morning cleanse. You can splash your skin with lukewarm water to wake it up. The exception here is oily and acne-prone skin that needs special treatment when it comes to hygiene. But this also doesn't mean you are allowed to rub it with rough cleansers and Clarisonic. Buy a gentle cleanser and step away from those brushes.
QUANTITY OF PRODUCTS
Layering cosmetics is both fun and rewarding. But only if we know what we are doing. It allows us to customize our skincare routine according to our own needs, which is better than frantically searching for one cream that would solve all problems. But it's not as easy as it sounds. Ingredients in various products may cancel each other out or irritate the skin. For example, niacinamide and vitamin C fall into this category. What may also happen is that your skin simply can't handle certain ingredients when used together, like with glycolic acid and retinol. Both very strong and very irritating. Some can combine them, most, unfortunately, cannot. The problem with product hoarding also occurs when we use too many products for one problem. You wash your skin with a rough acne cleanser to make it less oily. Then you apply a toner from the same line that contains alcohol which again dries the skin. Then you add a BHA serum and the skin gets irritated. You finish with light cream, again intended for oily skin. In this process, the skin is completely dried out and doesn't get any moisture in any of the steps. The result? Often a damaged skin barrier, redness, irritation and more problematic skin that you began with. The solution? Be smart when choosing products and focus on one problem at a time.
It's a bomb! But again, provided we know how to use it properly. Over exfoliating can cause the skin to lose its protective barrier. Without it, the skin loses moisture, is consequently dehydrated and above all cannot stop the bacteria from penetrating which leads to inflammation and acne. This is where you can honestly start panicking. The process of getting your skin in balance and rebuilding the barrier is not easy or quick. Specific products and a great deal of care are needed. Exfoliate according to the instructions on the product and adapt it to the condition of your skin. If the bottle says you can use the product every day and your skin is red and irritated, then reduce the use or replace the product. It's also important to choose the right exfoliator. Sensitive types usually can't tolerate glycolic acid. The formulation of the product itself is also important. Not all of them are suitable for all skin types.
If you have come to the point where you no longer know what is going on with your skin and want to learn how to use skincare products properly, then jump to Fem Plus. We'll analyze your skin, tell you what's going on with it, recommend products that suit your needs and what you can do to make it really glowing. This will aswell make it easier for you to buy skincare in the future because you'll know exactly what is good for your skin type and what is not. And don't worry, we take your budget into account and adjust the recommended products accordingly. We know that sometimes the smallest changes make big differences!