How Often Should You Change Your Skincare Routine?
by Haleigh Couture
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Having a routine can make one feel safe, knowing that whatever it is we have been doing for some time has been working. However, when it comes to having a healthy skincare routine, many dermatologists suggest that changing up our regime now and then is more than alright. But, changing your skincare routine can be scary. The last thing you want to do is start something new on your face and cause a complete breakout. So, here are some signs and reasons, as to when and how you can safely change up your skincare routine.
HOW OFTEN SHOULD I CHANGE MY SKINCARE ROUTINE?
Believe it or not, your skin is directly impacted by the environment to which you are exposed. The climate, air quality, temperatures, all can take a toll on your body’s skin—not just your facial area. Rosi Ross, a lifestyle blogger, and cross-border beauty manufacturer business developer stated that you should change your skincare routine seasonally.
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For instance, if you live in a colder climate or during the wintertime—depending on your skin type—you may want to switch your skincare products to thicker moisturization. This is to essentially apply more moisture to the skin. Not forgetting to add sunscreen to your routine especially in the summertime is crucial. Though if you are someone with dry/sensitive skin, it is highly suggested by dermatologists to opt for a vegan sun protectant which is less likely to irritate those with hypersensitive skin.
Another very crucial period of your life when you may seek to change your skincare routine is during menopause or pregnancy. Fluctuation of hormones can certainly cause an unbalance in the skin causing your skin type to almost change. Women’s periods are also a time when you may seek to change things up. Hormone fluctuations can tend to make the skin more dry, oily, or prone to acne breakouts, according to Ross. Thus, consulting with your dermatologist or medical doctor when pregnant is prudent. You don’t want to start using new skincare products that may contain harmful chemicals, especially if you are pregnant. This can directly impact your pregnancy.
You also don’t need to wait for something drastic to happen to your skin, like a pregnancy, for the need to change your skincare routine. Sometimes, your skin is signaling to you what has been working or is no longer working as effectively. Often our skin becomes used to the daily products we give it, and eventually, they won’t work like they used to. So, don’t be afraid to adapt and listen to your skin’s needs.
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WHEN IS THE PRIME TIME TO CHANGE YOUR SKINCARE ROUTINE?
As aforementioned, various factors can trigger the need to change your skincare routine. Climate is perhaps one of the most evident signals to do so. Naturopathic Medical Doctor, Dr. Kim Harris says, “Your skin cannot just use the same moisturizer you would use during the winter and summer season, especially if you have skin that's prone to dryness.” So, in the wintertime, your skin will need to have thicker moisturization and lighter amounts in the warmer seasons.
“Another factor would be our age,” continued Dr. Harris. “As we get older, our skin's collagen, elasticity, and sebum decrease. We may need to level up the skincare product that we are using.”
IS CHANGING UP YOUR ROUTINE BENEFICIAL FOR YOUR SKIN?
In short, yes. If you would like to try new skincare products or add new ones to your routine, just know that some of the ingredients in the products take about 4-6 months to stick to the skin, according to Ross.
“If you have a routine and you want to try new products, look for products that can support and add to the current routine you are working with,” said Ross.
Dr. Harris stated that if your skincare routine is not causing a breakout, dryness, or skin irritation and you feel like you're getting your desired result, then there’s no reason for changing it. It all depends on your personal needs for your skin. No matter your skin type, it is incredibly important to treat your skin with sensitive respect. You don’t want to overwhelm the skin by applying numerous, different products all at once. If you do feel like your routine or a product is not benefiting your skin, then it’s probably best to make a change. If a product is causing you to experience rashes, redness, breakouts, then it is encouraged to cut the product out of your routine.
Before incorporating any new product into your skincare routine, if you are experiencing hormonal fluctuations or under special circumstances such as pregnancy, it is recommended to consult with your dermatologist and medical doctor. Treat your skin with respect, and don’t be afraid to switch things up. You won’t know what works best for your skin type until you make it part of your routine. Give the products time to work. If the product(s) cause issues, get rid of them. Also, always do your research by reading the ingredients in each of the products you are applying before use.
Rosi Ross a Lifestyle Blogger and cross-border Beauty Manufacturer Business Developer www.rosiross.com
Dr. Kim Harris, ND Owner, Prescott Medical Aesthetics Naturopathic Medical Doctor