- Trying all the beauty products advertised on the internet, with a promise of a miracle, is not really helping your skin.
- Some skincare products contain harsh chemicals and others may not really be suited to your skin type.
- Instead of nourishing the skin, you may actually damaging it by overtreatment.
More and more new skincare products are launched almost on a daily basis. And with the convenience of online shopping, trying out one product to another is easier than ever.
It’s too convenient that some people might be overdoing the use of these skincare products without realizing it. However, trying out too many products is not beneficial when it comes to the skin’s appearance and health.
Your skin will tell you when it’s best to stop using a product. Here are the signs:
1. You are having rashes and hives.
When you notice your skin is red, looks inflamed and itchy, it means that something in your skincare product is causing it.
“Rashes can be caused by preservatives, fragrances or acrylates found inside cosmetic products,” Tsippora Shainhouse MD, a Beverly Hills dermatologist, told NewBeauty.
2. Your skin is feeling tight because the products are drying it out.
The products you’re using may be draining your skin of moisture.
“Don’t ignore tightness, as it is can impair skin health and cause increased oil production, large pores, and wrinkles,” Heather Wilson, aesthetician and director of brand development at InstaNatural also told NewBeauty.
“If your skin feels tight after cleansing, look for products that are pH balanced and contain gentle and natural-based surfactants.”
3. Your skin is irritated by exfoliating too much.
Nowadays, exfoliation comes in many forms: acids, scrubs, brushes, microdermabrasion, retinol creams and a lot more. Using more than one of these might cause itchiness, redness and flakiness.
4. Your many skincare products are causing you to breakout.
There is a tendency to pile on products when you are breaking out, in search of a miracle. But this can actually make the condition worse. SmarterSkin Dermatology founder Sejal Shah told Teen Vogue that using too many acne-fighting products too often is counterproductive.
Overtreatment can overly dry or irritate the skin, causing more breakouts, she said.
5. If your skin’s shiny but not oily, you could be over-exfoliating.
“Over-exfoliated skin has lost more of the surface dead skin cells than ideal,” David Lortscher, M.D., founder of Curology, told Shape. “What we want is a bit of roughness to the skin surface, so the light scatters, and shine is avoided!”
6. Your skin is too oily than usual.
The moisture levels of your skin should be constantly in a delicate balance. Do not immediately resort to oil-reducing products when your skin becomes suddenly oily. The oil maybe just a side effect of over-drying.
“If you’re experiencing more oil than usual, try to decrease the amount of oil-absorbing skin care products within your routine,” Wilson recommended. “Look for serums and gel-cream moisturizers that are infused with hyaluronic acid, which provides hydration (water) without adding oil.”