The year 2019 was big on skin trends. PERIOD! And, the one thing we learnt in the skincare department is that if you want to take your skin game one level up, then you need to move a step ahead from cleansing-toning-moisturising. That is, include skincare acids such as lactic, salicylic, glycolic and retinol in your everyday skincare routine.
If you’re new to the skincare acids club, then let us tell you that the use of these acids in your skincare regimen helps renew the surface of your skin, leaving you with a brighter, healthier complexion and firmer, plumper skin.
Trust us, once you start using skincare acids, there’s no going back. And, that’s exactly why you may tend to go a little overboard with these acids, which in turn may pose a threat to the health of your skin.
What happens when you overuse exfoliating acids and retinol?
The first time you use skincare acids and retinol, you may experience your skin peel, which is absolutely normal. It’s just your skin shedding dead skin cells in order to reveal a healthier glow.
However, if you experience serious issues such as redness, irritation and soreness, then it’s time you reach for some soothing and hydrating ingredients to repair the damage.
How to repair your skin barrier?
Do you know what’s worse than acne? Your skin barrier getting damaged. When this happens, your skin becomes sensitive to any and everything, be it heat, pollution or skincare products.
The only way to repair damaged skin is to use cooling ingredients and gentle skincare products. Make sure your everyday skincare products are infused with ingredients such as aloe vera, chamomile and ceramides. Such products will help treat the damage caused by overuse of skincare acids.
All those experiencing serious skin irritation should opt for gentle cleansers to cleanse their skin thoroughly, twice a day. A gentle cleanser will ensure your skin is not stripped of natural oils and doesn’t cause further irritation.
If skincare acids have left your skin looking dull and dehydrated, then it’s time to rehydrate your skin by moisturising it. This will help add an extra layer of hydration that’ll protect your skin against environmental aggressors.
Lastly, treat your skin to face packs that have soothing and cooling properties. While pampering your skin with face masks, make sure you avoid exfoliating acids as that can only worsen the condition of your skin. Instead, use hydrating ingredients such as aloe vera and hyaluronic acid.