Have you ever bought a new skincare product and raved about the wonders it did for your skin? But as time passes by, you feel like your product just isn’t delivering the same results anymore? Well, before you dismiss this observation and label it ‘all-in-my-head’ hear us out. Turns out, certain ingredients can lose their effectiveness over time. Yes, it’s true. The process is called tachyphylaxis — the loss of effectiveness of a product because your skin has adjusted to it. It is prominently noticed when using active ingredients like retinol or salicylic; but your daily moisturisers, SPFs and body care products can lose their effectiveness too.
Logically speaking, there is no point in sticking to a skincare regime that has worked for you in the past but not anymore. You need to switch up your skincare routine depending on the need of your skin better results! Here’s how to do that.
- 01. Update formulas and ingredients
- 02. Update existing essentials
- 03. Watch your exfoliation
- 04. Introduce potent ingredients gradually
01. Update formulas and ingredients
One way to tell if your products have stopped working is when your skin’s lipid barrier shows signs of damage. The resulting tightness in the skin can lead to sensitivity and irritation. Do a round-up of the formulas and ingredients in your vanity, this will help you pinpoint the issue.
For instance, ingredients like retinol, AHAs or BHAs have been known to sensitize the skin if used longer than recommended. This also happens if you’ve been exfoliating with harsh, abrasive scrubs with minuscule particles in them. Once you start noticing these changes, it’s time to update the formula, ladies!
02. Update existing essentials
If your skincare routine has started to feel ineffective, it’s time to switch things up. Hormonal fluctuations and weather change demand a change in skincare routines too. For instance, if your oily skin moisturiser has stopped wrong, switch it up with a product that provides intense hydration. Dehydrated skin tends to overcompensate by producing more oil. As such, switching to creamier emollients or products infused with hyaluronic acid will be a good option.
03. Watch your exfoliation
Noticing a change in your skin’s texture? It’s a direct result of your existing exfoliating habits. It is very easy to over-exfoliate your face. To remedy this issue, make sure you're exfoliating your face at least once or twice a week and using a gentle scrub or chemical exfoliants to do so. Adding a toner rich in AHAs to your skincare routine will help get rid of build-up but in the gentlest way possible.
04. Introduce potent ingredients gradually
You might think that using potent ingredients in your skincare routine will produce better results. But this can lead to redness and inflammation. Instead, introduce potent ingredients in your routine gradually to give your skin enough time to get used it.
You can also completely get rid of potent products and switch to gentler alternatives. Depending on how your skin behaves and if you don't see any results, start using potent ingredients again, but gradually. Sometimes, hitting ‘restart’ on your routine is all the change you need!