There are some skincare rules that are basically a rite of passage as you hit high school – don’t pick your pimples, never sleep with makeup on, cleanse, moisturize, tone – you get the idea! But there are other rules that no one really mentions, and not knowing them could be seriously messing up your skin game!
The thing is, what a lot of people don’t appreciate is skincare is a science so it needs to be treated with the same thought and care – you’d never mix two chemicals together without thinking about how they would react! Your beauty products are the same, and many are made up of hundreds of potent ingredients that have the potential, when combined, to work wonders… or wreak havoc. To make sure you’re not hindering your skincare regime, here are the two skincare rules people don’t talk about, but which will help you majorly refine your routine.
1. There’s a proper order to your skincare routine
Knowing exactly how to apply a particular skincare product is essential, but it’s not always clear when you buy a new product.
Here are three very important things you need to know:
- How much product you should apply
- Where it should slot into your routine
- How regularly you should apply it
If you don’t apply it correctly, you could prevent it from being fully effective and you could even damage your skin. Take retinol for example; if you use too much retinol too soon you could irritate your skin. You should also only use retinol at night and ease your skin into the product – for the first week, use it twice, the second week three times, and so on, and you should ensure you’re using a sunscreen every day.
Similarly, slapping on a huge pile of moisturizer in an attempt to hydrate dry skin won’t necessarily do any good, and the product is just likely to pill (when the product gathers in little balls), which could clog your pores and trigger a breakout. Check out this easy guide to see how much of each product you should be using on a regular basis, and remember, consistency is key:
Knowing where a product should slot into your overall regime is also super important. If you apply it incorrectly, your product might not be absorbed properly. For example, if you apply your miracle serum after your moisturizer, the active ingredients won’t be able to reach the deeper layers of your skin due to the barrier that the moisturizer creates on your skin, therefore preventing the serum from working as effectively. Follow this layering guide:
If you want to get a better idea of what a good skincare routine looks like, and when to apply certain products, check out our essential skincare regime here.
2. There’s such a thing as too much skincare!
If you’re a beauty junkie like us, whenever you read about the powers of an active ingredient you immediately want it on your shelf. But you need to be careful or you could end up overwhelming your skin, so instead of giving you healthy, radiant skin, you could be causing sensitivity, redness or breakouts. Take salicylic acid as a prime example, if used correctly, it’s an amazing exfoliator as it can clean deep into your pores, unbinding the glue that holds dead skin cells together. However, if you overuse salicylic acid or were to use it alternatively with lactic acid or retinol (or continue to exfoliate often), you could over-exfoliate your skin, leaving it looking tight, red and dry!
So take a look at your skincare regime and make sure you’re not doing too much. We actually recommend writing it all down, so you can cross reference your products and outline a skincare schedule! The general rule we follow is the more potent the ingredient, the more cautious (sometimes less often) you need to be using it.
Let us know if there are any other any other skincare concerns you’d like us to write about in the comments below.