Everyone loves to spice up their look with a new hairstyle or a trendy new outfit. But how often do you really need to change up your skin care routine? Here at Advanced Clinicals, we love a dependable and consistent skin care routine. But Is it possible that using the same products over and over could result in stagnation, or fewer results? This week we investigate- When is it time to change up your skin care products?
Am I Seeing Results? Or is it a Reaction?
If you perceive redness, flushing or flaking as a sign that your product is working, prepare to be disappointed! Yes, it’s true that even Dermatologist-recommended therapies like Retinol can cause redness and irritation, but if you don't have these symptoms, it isn’t necessarily a bad thing. It’s possible to see benefits without these telltale signs of irritation. In fact, your skin should adjust to Retinol or Alpha Hydroxy Acids over time. And it doesn’t mean that your product isn’t working anymore. It just means that your skin has adjusted to the side effects. This is one case where “no pain no gain” is simply not true.
No Dramatic Changes, Good or Bad?
So you haven’t seen any dramatic changes in your skin since the first couple months of using your favorite Serum. What gives? While we may perceive this as a plateau, or a stalling of results, the opposite could be true. If your skin is not breaking out, not dry or irritated, and not showing new signs of aging like new wrinkles or spots, then you’re doing something right! Taking care of your skin is a little bit like following a healthy diet. You’re not always going to drop 10 lbs in a month. Part of staying healthy is just maintenance, and the truth is, if it isn’t broken- don’t fix it.
Why You Should Develop a Routine
There is a theory when it comes to products. Skin loves routine, and hair loves change. There's some truth to the idea that it's fair game to switch up your hair products. But the same is just not true for your skin. Once you find something that works, stick with it! Skin loves a routine. And for those of us that are guilty of falling asleep with our makeup on, or skipping serums or moisturizers, sticking to a routine is SO important.
But My Skin is Bored!
Ok- so you’re tired of the same old products. The good news is, you can still switch it up with intensive treatments. For example, to balance oily skin or minimize breakouts, reach for a purifying Charcoal Detoxifying Clay Mask. And if your skin needs a little extra hydration, add a Hyaluronic Acid Moisturizing Gel Mask in the evening before bedtime. Pro tip- don’t wash it off…you can leave this baby on all night long at the end of your routine. It will help seal in all your treatments and you’ll wake up to dewy, fresh skin.
When to Change
There are times when it’s absolutely wise to change your skin care routine. For example- the onset of Summer or Winter. Your skin needs a heavier moisturizer in the winter, and craves lighter products during the summer. And if you are experiencing routine dryness, redness, or breakouts- it just isn’t meant to be. We always recommend our fragrance-free items for sensitive skin, like our Advanced Clinicals Collagen Skin Rescue Cream. Since it’s fragrance and dye free, it makes a great “reset” for troubled skin.
What if it used to work?
You've been using the same lotion for years and all the sudden your skin is red and itchy. What gives? Most people aren't born with allergies, they develop over time. So if you suddenly develop redness, irritation or itching without making any changes to your skin care routine, it's entirely possible that you developed a new sensitivity. The AAD (American Academy of Dermatologists) recommend avoiding triggers, like fragrance. Yet another reason to stock up on our favorite un-fragranced hydrator, Advanced Clinicals Collagen Skin Rescue Cream (Also Amazon's Choice!).