There are some skin care layers that are basically a rite of passage when you meet high school – Do not choose your pimples, never sleep with make-up, clean, moisture, tone – you get the idea! But there are other rules that nobody really mentions, and not knowing that it can be serious to crush your skin game!
The thing is, what many people do not appreciate is skin care a science so it needs to be treated with the same thought and care – you would never mix two chemicals together without thinking about how to react! Your beauty products are the same, and many consist of hundreds of potent ingredients that have the potential to combine, to work wonders … or to make havoc. Because you do not stop your skin care system, here are the two skin care systems that people do not talk about, but that help you to deepen your routine to a large extent.
1. There is a proper arrangement for your skin care routine
Knowing exactly how to apply a particular skin care product is important, but it is not always clear when buying a new product. Here are three very important things you need to know:
- How much product you should apply for
- Where that should go into your routine
- How often do you apply it?
If you do not apply it properly, you can prevent it from becoming fully effective and you can even damage your skin. Take retinol for example; If you use too much retinol too early, you may irritate the skin. You should also only use retinol at night and lighten your skin in the product – in the first week, use it twice, the second week three times, and so on, and you should make sure you use sunscreen every day.
Similarly, wearing a huge amount of moisturizer in an attempt to hydrate dry skin is not necessarily good, and the product can only pan (when the product is collected in small balls), which can clog your pores and trigger a break. Check out this simple guide to see how much of each product you will use regularly and keep in mind that consistency is key:
Knowing where a product should go into your overall regime is also super important. If you apply incorrectly, your product may not be properly absorbed. For example, if you apply your miracle serum to your moisturizer, the active ingredients will not reach the deeper layers of the skin because of the barrier that moisturizer creates on the skin, preventing the serum from functioning so effectively. Follow this layering guide:
If you want a better idea of what a good skin care practice looks like and when applying some products, check out our important skin care system here.
2. There is such a thing as too much skin care!
If you are a beauty expert like us, when you read about the forces of an active ingredient, you want it immediately on your shelf. But you have to be careful or you can stop overwhelming your skin, so instead of giving you a healthy, radiant skin, you can cause sensitivity, redness or eruption. Take salicylic acid as an excellent example, if used correctly it's a great exfoliator because it can drain deep into your pores, loosening the glue that keeps dead skin cells together. If you use too much salicylic acid or use it alternatively with lactic acid or retinol (or continue to exfoliate frequently), you can overfill your skin and make it look tight, red and dry!
So take a look at your skin care system and make sure you do not do too much. We actually recommend writing down it all so you can cross reference to your products and outline a skin care schedule! The general rule we follow is the stronger the ingredient, the more careful (sometimes less) you need to use it. For more details on refining the skin care system, check this post on how to consider your skin.
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