Honestly, one of the most heartbreaking things is when you add a new product to your skincare routine only to find out that it doesn’t work out for you. Trying out new skincare products is like playing Russian roulette, you can only hope it works out in your favour. However, it’s not always the product that is at fault; you may be making some mistakes that are actually making the skincare products work against you. Here’s probably why your skincare routine is not working:
1. You Have Unrealistic Expectations
Ideally, you should give a skincare product at least a good three months before you judge it. You can’t expect that new glycolic acid toner you bought the other day to give you glowing skin immediately. That’s why it’s essential to be consistent and have realistic expectations when it comes to your skincare routine. Also, your genetics, diet and lifestyle play a massive role in the way your skin looks, so don’t forget to take that into account.
2. Your Products Don’t Suit Your Skin Type
If you didn’t research before buying skin care products, then what did you expect, girl? You have to make sure that the product’s formulation suits the needs of your skin. So the next time you want to go out and buy skincare products, make sure that you do some research beforehand. The best option if you ask me is to approach a dermatologist and ask them for recommendations.
3. You’re Using Them Incorrectly
Applying creams and serums may seem like it’s the most obvious thing, but it’s not. You should learn how to layer your skincare routine so that your skin can absorb the products well and so that you can get the most out of your products. Another thing to keep in mind is to pay attention to the instructions. For example, if the guidelines are to leave a mask on your skin for 15 minutes, then only keep it on for the recommended amount of time.
4. Neglecting Exfoliation
No matter how many brightening serums you apply to your skin, they won’t work until and unless you exfoliate regularly. Exfoliation removes dead skin cells from your skin which makes your skin look bright and prevents breakouts.
5. Forgetting Sunscreen
My dermatologist once told me, rain or shine you have to wear sunscreen. The sun’s rays are known to cause several skin conditions, and no amount of fancy products can reverse sun damage. That’s why wearing SPF is non-negotiable.
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