I thought I had finally done it. After years of trials, errors, and experiments gone wrong, I had finally come up with a skincare routine my skin loved. It made it so soft, flawless, and glowy!
But, lately, something’s changed. My dry patches have become flaky. And my skin is more sensitive. When I apply retinol or salicylic acid now, my skin feels tingly and warm. That hadn’t happened to me before.
What the heck went wrong?
There are several things that can make even the best skincare routines and products fail. If your skincare isn’t working either, here’s what you can blame:
1. Your Skin Has Changed
Just because you have oily skin now, doesn’t mean you’ll be cursed with it for the rest of your life. Skin is a living organism, and, like the rest of our body, undergoes lots of changes as we get older.
As sebum production decreases with age, skin can become drier. As hormones go into overdrive, skin can get oilier or even acne-prone. When this happens, you have to tweak your skincare routine accordingly. Keep using products for oily skin when yours has become dry and thirsty just isn’t just gonna work.
2. The Climate Has Changed
Sometimes, your skin changes because of the weather. That’s just what’s happening to mine now. For some reason, the cold Italian weather has never affected my skin much, but the windy London fall climate is seriously drying it out.
All of a sudden, my beloved Total Olay Effects Day Cream SPF 15 isn’t enough to keep my dry cheeks moisturized anymore. Now they need something more heavy-duty, like Benefit Total Misture Face Cream. Using two creams is a drag, but that’s just what my skin needs at the moment. *sighs*
3. Poor Penetration
Contrary to popular opinion, not everything we put on our skin is absorbed deeply into it. But the best skincare ingredients do need to penetrate skin to work their magic.
Dead cells, grime, makeup residue, and all the other impurities that accumulate on our skin during the day can get in the way, creating a barrier that prevents ingredients from penetrating even the most superficial layers of the skin.
4. Incompatible Igredients
The more, the merrier, right? Well, not always. Some skincare ingredients don’t just get on that well with each other. AHAs/BHA, for example, can inactivate retinoids.
If you want to use all these ingredients, do so on alternate days, or use one in the morning and the other at night. Even then, though, their combined use can be too harsh for skin. Always be on the lookout for signs of redness and irritation.
5. Unrealistic Expectation
Just because a moisturizer promises to turn the clock back 10 years, detoxify your skin, and make you a great cup of coffee, doesn’t mean it will.
There’s only so little skincare products can do, especially if you insist on skippig sunscreen, eating too much garbage, and exercising too little.
Truth is, most products can only moisturize and reduce the appearance of wrinkles. Even those that can do more, like prevent fine lines or wrinkles, or treat breakouts, take their sweet time to work. You won’t see results overnight. Don’t expect to.
The Bottom Line
There are so many reasons why your skincare products aren’t working. Sometimes our skin changes on its own. Other times, our bad habits are sabotaging our best efforts. Once you’ve found out the real reasons, you can easily tweak your skincare routine accordingly. Hello again, gorgeous skin!
Is your skincare working?