Makeup. Sunscreen. Pollution. There are so many things our skin meets on a daily basis, which leads to a market flooded with skin-care products. With targeted content and beauty gurus trying to sell the best skin-care regimen, you can easily find yourself swimming in a pool of items you don’t really need or unsuitable products. So before you get tempted and try anything you possibly can, remember that in skincare, sometimes less is more.
Trying on too many new products too frequently can result in overreaction or no reaction at all. When the reaction is too severe, it’s usually because you unknowingly use two or more products that are supposed to have the same effect. Sometimes you may experience skin irritation, redness, sensitivity, or other symptoms. When there is no reaction at all, it’s because two of the products cancel each other out.
For a skincare product to do its job properly, its active ingredients need to penetrate the skin. This could be more difficult if you layer multiple skin products, which will essentially dilute the active ingredient or reduce its power. The active agent gets tired and less efficient if it needs to travel through layers of other products before reaching the skin.
Build your own regimen
When setting a skin-care routine for yourself, consider two main things: what does your skin need and what can your skin take. No two people have the same answer to those questions, but it is still recommended to have a skin-care routine that has about three or four steps. Start with a cleanser to clean the skin. Then a skin-specific topical (like skin-brightening or antiaging). Top it all off with a moisturizer. People with an actual skin condition (acne or eczema) can include a medicinal cream before they apply the moisturizer.