Can you tell us how many skincare products you use? If you’re into skincare products, you’re already familiar with the basic steps; cleanse, tone, moisturize. Then you also have your serum for extra glow, micellar water to remove your excess makeup, eye cream to brighten up your dark circles, retinol to maintain the skin’s youthfulness, vitamin C for brightness, and even sheet masks for special occasions!
So are you using plenty of those skincare products and is it really good to do it? What are the signs that you’re using too many products?
Are you over-moisturising?
Sometimes people tend to over-moisturize. According to Glamour Magazine, Nurse Alice Jenkins, a Dermatology & Celebrity Injector, mentions that there is only 15 per cent of us that actually requires to put moisturiser. Those are the ones who have genetically dry skin that doesn’t even function in the proper manner.
She adds that it’s even a common error that the more moisturiser you use, the more effective it will be. But to be realistic, the skin can only absorb up to 60 per cent of what is put on it– and anything extra than that will just sit on the surface which results to clogged pores and suffocated skin, affecting its barriers and the way it should work.
How bad is over-moisturising?
If we exceed our skin with too many abundant and heavy textures, our skin gets lazy and contented. Your skin will rely on external moisture and won’t work as strong to carry out its natural function of protecting and hydrating itself. Over-moisturising or an overusing of products can worsen the majority of skin concerns.
Aside from making your skin reliant on additional hydration, it may also follow in an overproduction of your sebum; resulting in swelling, blocked pores, redness, dryness, pigmentation and acne.
How can I know if I’m using too many products?
If you notice that your skin gets irritated, then that’s a great sign that you’re using plenty of skincare products. It’s not normal for a person to have a huge bag of skincare products they’ve bought expecting to cure a skin problem. Remember that too much in good things such as over-exfoliating can result in redness, flakiness, irritation, and worsened acne.
Having so many choices available in the market today, a lot of people like to overuse or combine skincare products that can just result in more problems.
Is it bad to combine skincare products?
This is another thing that you should be aware of when applying products on your skin is the combination of products you’re using. You might think that all types of skincare products work well together but there are some that just don’t really connect well. There are serious consequences of meshing products that aren’t meant to go together that may affect your health, look, and feel of skin.
A great example of that according to Insider.com is when you combine certain key ingredients and they don’t go well together such as using retinol in the presence of vitamin c and AHAs, this will just lose its functional efficacy. When a lot of products are mixed together, there are some particular emollient bases that do not combine well and can produce environments with comedogenicity and non-absorptive sticky ‘cloud cream’ environments.
And obviously, if your skin doesn’t look good or not at its best, then you may have mixed together with the wrong ones or even put too many on.
How will I use skincare products properly and effectively?
- Alternate them. A great solution if you want to get the best results from all of your multiple products is to alternate them. For instance, this night you can use Retin A and the next night you’ll use glycolic acid. This type of method will provide you with the benefits without risking our beauty and your budget. You don’t want to waste your precious products and just throw them straight into your trash bin.
- Correct order. Apart from considering what products you are combining, you need to know the order of how you apply your products. Making sure that you are putting your skincare products in the correct manner is very important as you are using your products two to three times a day. It should be from thinnest to thickest consistency–from serums to oils and moisturisers and topping it off with an SPF 30 during the daytime.
Author Bio: Ivandrea is a daytime writer for Napoleon Perdis Makeup Academy, one of Australia’s leading makeup and skincare brand with 85 concept store, over 100 department store counters. Ivandrea loves anything skincare-related and also believes that makeup is another form of art. She is also a content crafter who researches and writes custom content about travel, fashion, finance, business, home improvements, health, and beauty in order to provide helpful information and tips for her readers. Ivandrea graduated from St. Scholastica’s College, Manila, with a Bachelor’s Degree in Broadcast Journalism in 2016.