It happens to all of us. We find a product or a routine we like and stick to it for a long time. It becomes a second nature, something that we keep doing and buying, happy not to have to think about it, secure that the cream or method were all the rage last September or in 2007. I was talking about this subject with a non-blogging friend and we came to the conclusion that there are often signs that we're in a skincare rut, but we tend to ignore them, attributing any issue to age, weather, time of the month, lack of sleep... and keep using the same products in the same way. Because that's the best we can do, right?
Wrong. It might be time for some reevaluation and change. Here are five telltale signs it may be time for a change:
1. Having less and less "good skin days". Be it blemishes or visible dullness/signs of aging, the solution is not buying stock in concealer manufacturers. Something as simple as changing your moisturizer or adding a serum can make all the difference.
2. You've been scrubbing, exfoliating and mattifying your oily face since the Reagan administration and your pores only seem to have expanded. There's a good chance you're not just overdoing it, but that your skin has changed significantly. The oily skin of your youth may have actually moved on but you didn't. Try switching to the mildest cleanser you can find and stop any other skin assaults for a couple of weeks, then add products gradually according to what you see.
3. No Glow. A happy and healthy skin has a certain freshness to it, even if you're decades past your youth. It's not dull, it's not very matte, and it definitely doesn't look like an old show. If you're not seeing signs of life, consider and research AHA products (available in just about every price range).
4. The moisturizer of decades past: Maybe you always had dry skin and did your best to protect it with heavy creams. It's a great idea, really, especially during the winter when your face needs an extra barrier against icy winds and ferocious heaters. But what's going on underneath? Is your dinosaur of a face cream just sitting there contributing nothing to skin underneath? There are nearly endless advanced modern options of active lotions and serums that will help nourish and renew the cells.
5. You cleanse and cleanse but still wake up in the morning with mascara or eyeliner flakes under your eyes and suspicious skid marks on your pillow. Makeup products are better and more resilient than ever. They're less likely to fade and smudge, meaning that cleansers of yore are less effective against overachiever mascara and foundation. Try an oil cleanser or check out the latest makeup removers from the brand of makeup you're actually using. Chances are they're formulated to deal with the stubborn goop.
All of the above is, of course, nothing but suggestions based on experience: mine and that of my nearest and dearests. I'm not a derm and don't play one on YouTube, but you already know that.
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