By Julia Roble
Your skin is the biggest organ on your body and truth be told, that organ’s cells are constantly regenerating, making change quite inevitable to your skin quality. With that said, there’s no harm in switching up your routine, in fact it may even need an update every now and then.
How often should you change up your routine?
You may need time to give your current products a chance to work. According to skincare.com, “Skin-care products have the potential to work immediately, but to see the full potential results, I recommend giving the product at least four to six weeks.” If it doesn’t work out, it may be time to change it. In addition to that, you should switch out your products depending on your environment.
How to safely transition and change up your routine:
1. Do your research.
First things first, we recommend you do your research first or try asking your dermatologist on which products you should be reaching for that work for your skin type. Knowing what works and what doesn’t work for your skin, makes this process of switching up your routine much simpler.
You can also take our BFF Skincare Quiz on our site to find out which products work best for your skin type.
2. Patch test products first.
If you want to make sure you’re not going to get any allergic reactions from a new purchase, it’s ideal to patch test the products first on different areas on your body to avoid a total breakout on your face. Though it’s also key to note that sometimes your skin may not react as fast or instant as you may think.
To patch for allergic reactions, use them on the side of your neck. Products that tend to give an allergic reaction are ones that contain lots of actives like serums, toners and more. If you get a rash in that area, you can use plain yogurt to calm the irritation.
To patch for blemishes or clogged pores, try either your chin or cheek area but make sure to test a small area for seven to ten days if you want to be super careful.
Once that’s done and your skin doesn’t act up after a few days, you can carry on with using the product in your routine like normal.
3. Start introducing products to your routine slowly.
When trying out new products, do not introduce several products all in one go. This could severely irritate your skin or worse – cause a really bad negative reaction. Make sure you take caution in doing so.
Signs you need to change up your routine:
1. You’re breaking out.
A clear and evident sign that you may need to change up your routine is that you’re breaking out, especially when prior to that, your skin has been doing fine. In some cases, your skin could be doing fine all throughout your adolescence and then start breaking out much later in your adult years. This is all thanks to your hormones. It may be time to consider reaching out for products that help combat acne like Dr. Barbara Sturm’s Clarifying Serum or 111 Skin’s Anti Blemish Bio Cellulose Mask that both help fight blemishes and breakouts effectively.
When you’re starting to see no results or improvement in your routine, it may be because your skin has gotten all too familiar and used to your current set-up which is a clear indicator that it’s time to change it up. It’s not because your products stop working either, but rather that your skin has changed. It’s normal and it happens so you should consider new products.
3. You’re getting little bumps all over your skin.
Getting bumpy skin? You may be possibly suffering from a case of milia, which are tiny white bumps that appear on random areas on your skin as a result of using the wrong products. This is often caused by using the wrong moisturizer or oils that are too heavy for your skin. With that in mind, it may be best to steer clear of heavy moisturizers and oils and find alternatives that are more lightweight, especially if you have oily skin like Dr. Spiller’s Hydration The Hyaluronic Ampoule. Another alternative is to make sure your pores are clean so choosing products that contain salicylic acid like Cane + Austin’s Acne Retexture Pad + 2% Salicylic USP with 5% Glycolic Acid that’s beneficial for issues like this to prevent further breakouts.
4. You’re pregnant.
Pregnancy is a big deal, and one of the main things to consider and pay attention to are the products you can safely use when you’re with child. This is a definite moment to start changing your routine to best fit your body. When you’re pregnant, it’s best to steer clear of ingredients like salicylic acid and retinol. Instead, reach for ingredients that are known to be safe for your skin like Hyaluronic Acid that you can find in Dr. Barbara Sturm’s Hyaluronic Serum and 111 Skin Hyaluronic Acid Aqua Booster.
5. You’re aging.
Just like many things, aging is inevitable and as we get older, it brings about a lot of change for our skin such as naturally losing the collagen, elastin, sebum and more in our skin. This explains why most products increase in concentration when you get older. It may be time to pick products similar to the ones in your current routine, but are far more effective like EviDenS de Beaute’s The Essential Set that contains all the best products of the brand’s famous and highly effective anti-aging line.
6. The environment around you is changing.
Your environment is a huge factor in your skin changing. When you move to a place with a colder climate but you’re acne prone, chances are you’d have to reach for heavier moisturizing products that are ideal for the climate and alternatively if you lived in a tropical area where you’d have to avoid heavier creams in general.
For hotter climates, definitely amp up your SPF content to avoid sun damage and choose refreshing cleansers since it tends to get quite humid. Some brilliant choices for SPF are Dr. Barbara Sturm’s Sundrops and EviDens de Beaute’s Anti-Pollution Total Shield that both contain a broad spectrum of SPF 50 protection against both UVA and UVB rays. For foaming cleansers, try Dr. Barbara Sturm’s Cleanser since it’s gentle yet deep cleansing but won’t strip your skin from moisture.
For colder climates, try using a facial oil or lotions to hydrate your skin since it tends to get super dry in this temperature. For facial oils, try FEMMUE’s Ideal Oil Camellia that plumps and strengthens your skin while hydrating it. For facial lotions, try EviDenS de Beaute’s The Moisturizing Lotion that refreshes the skin and boosts moisture levels.