Mae West may have said “too much of a good thing is wonderful”, but when it comes to skincare the exact opposite can be true.
Time after time I see clients who over do it when it comes to skincare product usage. Some of the biggest skincare product abusers are teenage girls. In their zeal to get perfect skin they believe that if a little salicylic acid or benzoyl peroxide will clear up their breakouts, then a lot of both ingredients is even better. In the long run such enthusiasm makes their skin dry, tight, and actually, in some cases, prone to more breakouts since if they severely damage their skin’s protective barrier more bacteria can actually enter and flourish on the skin. Eventually this could lead to more breakouts. Numerous times I also see clients who think that they need every product on the market in order to treat their acne – a scrub, a salicylic acid cleanser, Retin-A, a toner, benzoyl peroxide, etc., etc. Sometimes, to quote Mies van der Rohe, “less is more”.
The same holds true for someone who is using strong anti-aging products with ingredients like glycolic acid, Retin-A, and lactic acid (just to name a few anti-aging ingredients). Go over board and you are just left with raw, red, and irritated skin that could be continually flaky. This is especially true in the winter when the lack of humidity in the air (if you live in a cold climate) causing almost everyone to have dehydrated and tight feeling skin. You will actually do your skin a favor by pulling back on the use of your strongest products in the winter. Overdoing it with stronger ingredients when the weather is cold outside just sensitizes your skin leaving you vulnerable to more skin problems in the future.
Listen to your skin and pay attention to how your skin is reacting to the products you are using. Change up your skincare routine as needed – keep in mind the weather, your overall health, and how your skin is looking and feeling. Pulling back on product usage may actually help your skin in the long run.
One last tip: there is no skincare product you can never OD on and that is sunscreen. Keep using it and use sunscreen enthusiastically all year round!
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