(FYI: those are fresh potato rounds on my eyeballs)
Recently, I wrote about The Simplicity of Skincare on a guest post for Luchessa’s Blog. In it, I talked about how skincare can be as simple as putting your health first.
When you eat well and give your body all the nutrition that it needs, the natural result is radiant, glowing skin.
But there was another point that I didn’t get around to talking about. And that’s to keep your skincare routine as simple as possible.
I know that this is kind of a funny thing for me to say… I mean, I’m a beauty blogger and I’m crazy about skincare. So of course it’s a given for me to love testing out new and different kinds of skincare products.
But honestly, there is No One In This World who needs 10 different cleansers and 25 different kinds of moisturizers and 15 kinds of serums and yadda yadda yadda.
Our faces are not grounds for mad lab experimentations! There are even some risks involved when using too many different products.
So today I would like to talk about the importance of keeping your skincare routine simple.
And sticking only to the bare essentials.
The Skincare Essentials
Everyone’s skin is different and has different needs. So there’s really no magic number as to how many products you need. Or what number of products is “too many.”
But, these are the Skincare Essentials that should be in everyone’s daily skincare routine… yes, I’m talking to the guys too!
- A Great Cleanser
- Exfoliating product
All the rest? Like the anti-oxidant serums, masks, and toners? Well, I can’t believe I’m saying this but… all those other products are not really that necessary.
Of course you can play around and try new things. And many people’s skins are pretty tolerant to trial and experimentation with many different kinds of products.
But just like with relationships, it’s all fun and games until you do something that you can’t take back!
Sometimes, people who already have great skin to begin with end up trying something that their skin does not tolerate well at all. And so, in the pursuit of hyper-perfection, they end up with a skin problem that they didn’t even have to begin with!
So if you’re lucky enough to have decent skin, don’t try to fix what isn’t broken!
Even if you do have some skincare concerns… like acne or dark spots. Or if you want to include some preventive anti-aging measure in your skincare routine. Or even if you just want to play around with new products… because I agree, it can be fun to try new things…
You should be aware that there are some risks involved with using too many skincare products.
1) Your skin can become sensitive to different ingredients over time.
Not picking on people who work in the beauty industry, but I have read many accounts of beauty editors and testers who’ve developed reddish, sensitized, irritated skin.
Sometimes, they can develop into a case of contact dermatitis from long-term exposure to allergens and irritants in cosmetic and skin products.
Some signs that your skin is not taking well to your skincare products: you’re breaking out! You have reddish, inflamed, and/or irritated skin. Or your skin is excessively dry.
2) Ingredients can conflict with each other.
Some ingredients can cancel each other out (though I haven’t found a good example for this).
Or worse, they can have a negative effect when combined together. For example, when high concentrations of Retinol and Vitamin C are used at the same time, they can make the skin excessively dry and flaky.
Products are formulated with many different ingredients that work well together. But when combined with other products that are formulated with a different pH level, the resulting imbalance may cause the skin to break out.
3) Inconsistent skincare can become ineffective skincare.
Consistency in your skincare routine is important.
This is especially true if you have a specific issue you’re dealing with, such as acne. It can take as long as 6 months for products to have an effect.
If you continue to switch products every other month, you’ll never see the full benefits of the product that you’re using. And you may even end up making things worse!
In the next post, I’ll explain to you what my current skincare routine is like. And I’ll show you the products that I’ve been using regularly and consistently.
Until then, *KISS* my dear readers! Or… to spell it out for you… Knead Indulgently Seashell Socks.
Or to translate from Russian, Keep It Simple Skincare.