Finding the right skincare routine is as difficult as finding your perfect foundation match. Both take a lot of trial and error; testing different formulas, textures and brands till you find what really works for your skin. But when you finally do, it’s like a match made in heaven!
If lately you’ve felt like your reliable skincare products are not working anymore, there could be several reasons behind it. And we are not talking about those few days a month when your skin acts up or when the weather changes. Here’s what you should look for if your skincare routine is failing you.
- Check expiry date
- Check the order of your skincare regimen
- Store products at the right temperature
- Consider higher concentrations
Check expiry date
The first thing you need to do is check the expiry dates on your skincare products. You wouldn’t consume food that’s past its shelf life, then why would you risk that on your skin? Once the product is expired, it isn’t as effective and won’t deliver the same benefits it once did. Check the date on the packaging and throw away anything past its expiry date. If the expiry date is not clearly visible, follow a general rule of using skincare products for six months to a year. The texture and smell will also give you an idea.
Check the order of your skincare regimen
If you think the order in which you apply your skincare products doesn’t really matter, think again. To get the best results out of your skincare products, it is important to layer them in the right order. Start with the products that have the thinnest consistency like your serum or gel and move on to the heaviest. However, your sunscreen should always be the last thing you apply on your skin before makeup.
Store products at the right temperature
To prolong the shelf life and potency of the product, it is important to store it at the right temperature. For example, vitamin C breaks down in sunlight; therefore products formulated with this ingredient should be stored in a cool, dark and dry place away from the window. Other products should be kept away from heat too, in a place that has a consistent temperature. Therefore, storing skincare products in the bathroom cabinet is not the most ideal thing to do.
Consider higher concentrations
When the tolerance level of your skin builds for certain ingredients it won’t show results if you use the same concentration. Retinol for example is started on lower concentration, but after a few months the concentration should be increased or your skin won’t show the same results as before.
So there you have it; tweak your skincare routine if it isn’t working for you and the results will show. We promise.