Your skincare routine is vital in maintaining your skin, but what happens when it no longer works anymore? There are various reasons as to why, ranging from weather changes and hormone imbalance to the shelf-life of skincare products, or it could be a combination of all those reasons. It is important to hone in on the contributing factors, and possibly effect a change in your skincare routine. As such, here are the main reasons why your skincare routine is no longer effective.
Why is the skincare routine so important?
Having and maintaining a good skincare routine is a guaranteed method in preserving the youth of your skin, as well as reducing and preventing characteristic signs of ageing. Your skin is affected by daily environmental pollutants and it is pivotal to cleanse and treat your skin at the end of the day in order to remove them. Also, just remember, prevention is more affordable than a correction in the long run. Furthermore, it would take much longer to treat and rid the skin of sunspots, for instance, as well as pay for expensive treatments in comparison to maintaining a good, preventative skincare routine well into your 40s and beyond. Thus, invest in good skincare products and build a solid skincare routine, for better, long-term results.
Reasons why your skincare isn’t working:
• Your skin condition has changed
Your skincare routine is catered to your skin type, along with the sort of skin condition you are currently suffering from. However, once that skin condition has been cleared and mitigated, then the skincare products which were used to target such skin conditions are no longer feasible to be included any longer. The aftermath of acne results in hyperpigmentation which requires a different sort of product to treat. For instance, you may use salicylic acid to treat your acne but switch to hydroquinone to treat hyperpigmentation.
• Pay attention to weather changes
Another reason that your skincare routine is no longer working is due to weather changes, and that your skincare products have to be adjusted as a result. For instance, moving to a country with a higher humidity level requires lighter moisturisers or products with hyaluronic acid in comparison to being in an environment with low humidity. When the seasons change, your skincare routine must change as well. Heavier moisturisers and extremely hydrating serums are perfect for the winter season but would prove too much during the summer when your skin produces more oil and sweat.
• Has your product expired?
Your skincare routine not being effective could be due to your skincare products expiring. A way to tell if your product has expired is to examine its appearance. For instance, if the smell or colour is off, or the texture of your product has changed. Another way to tell is to check the product after opening the label (or PAO), which is the open jar symbol with a number on it. For instance, if a product’s PAO says 6M, then you have six months before the product no longer becomes effective. Take note, to be mindful of the location in which you store your products. Keeping them in direct sunlight causes the product to expire much sooner.
• Can be taking medication affect skin problems?
Indeed, taking medications to treat certain illnesses can affect or worsen certain skin issues. For instance, taking a drug containing lithium to treat epilepsy or bipolar disorder can lead to severe acne or worsen acne if you have acne-prone skin, along with further aggravating psoriasis. In addition, women who are taking birth control pills may suffer from melasma or exacerbate the latter as a side-effect due to fluctuating hormones from taking the drug. Taking medications, as outlined before, can result in further skin issues or cause the latter to develop. This means that developing new skin conditions could affect a change in your skincare routine in order to manage the side-effects of the medication. Those whose mild acne worsened due to certain medications may find their skincare products inefficient in dealing with severe acne.
• You’re Experiencing Hormonal Changes
When you are experiencing hormone imbalance or fluctuations in your body, it could translate into your skin. Consuming junk food could influence or trigger hormonal changes in your body, offsetting a variety of issues, such as increased sebum production and the development of acne. Furthermore, as mentioned before, birth control pills—as well as pregnancy—triggers hormone fluctuations which could result in certain skin conditions. The increase in androgen production in pregnant women results in the rise of sebum production in the skin, which inevitably leads to a breakout, ranging from mild to severe acne. The appearance of new skin conditions due to hormone changes will cause your current skincare products to become inept.
• Your skin needs a break
As the title suggests, perhaps it is time to give your skin a break from time to time. It may be time to strip your routine of skincare products filled with potent actives such as retinol or vitamin C, by allowing it to breathe for a few days. Pare down your routine to the bare essentials, such as cleanser, moisturiser, and sunscreen for the mornings. Keep your skin hydrated and moisturised during the break in order to maintain a healthy and dewy complexion.
On the other hand, piling on multiple layers of toners and serums may also cause your skin to become accustomed to the various products in the long run, causing your skin to not be able to reap the usual benefits. Applying potent actives to your skin—such as a BHA (beta-hydroxy acid)—for a few weeks allows you to see dramatic results in the texture and appearance of your skin due to increased cell renewal to reduce the dense layer of dead skin that has accumulated. However, the longer you use the product the thinner the layer of dead skin becomes, which leads to less drastic results on the skin. Changing your skincare products every six months is recommended to stimulate your skin.
Author: Charlene M Teressa