I have always struggled with my oily skin and those who have oily skin know what a challenge this skin type can be, from a shiny complexion to acne breakouts.
However, after so much research I was able to put together the best skin care routine for oily skin sufferers to keep those concerns at bay.
Following a skin care routine can be quite challenging if you’re not use to it but it’s one of the many ingredients to a healthy and clear complexion.
Don’t Expect Overnight Results
We live in a world of instant gratification, where if we don’t see results immediately, we give up and move onto the next big thing.
Consistency and patience are key, stick with a skin care routine and give it time to work because topical skin products take from weeks to months to change the biology of the skin.
Achieving a flawless complexion, as mentioned before, takes time and you’re only setting yourself up for disappointment by expecting overnight results.
Results depend on the work that needs to be done on a cellular level (if any), the products being used, the percentage of the active ingredient/s and it’s formulation.
Switching Skin Care Products Too Often
It’s tought to be constant and patient when instant gratification has become a habit and we are regularly tempted to try different products.
However, switching skin care products way too often, when results aren’t instant, can do more harm than good by creating long term issues with your immune system response.
You need to give your skin time so it can assimilate the products and rule whether they’re effective or not.
For instance, working out once a month won’t get you in shape but working out everyday will.
How Long Does It Take Skin Care Products To Work?
It takes 28 days for skin cells to turn over, meaning that after every skin cycle all the skin cells on the surface of your skin already had a chance to experience how efficient (or not) the skin care products you’ve been using are.
You can read about the waiting period of each skin care product here.
When To Switch Skin Care Products
When you find skin care products that work for your skin stick with them, but don’t refuse to try new technologies and products that could potentially be better formulated for your skin.
There are a few factors that affect skin and require you switch your skin care producsts:
Weather: your environment plays a big role in your skin’s health. If you live in a place where there are drastic seasonal shifts then you might have to consider buying different skin care products for each season.
Age: as you age, your skin changes and determines the type of products you’ll need. For instance, incorporating collagen and hyaluronic acid products to prevent wrinkles.
- Hormonal Shift: when you’re pregnant, some skin care products that you previously used are now, for safety reasons, off-limits and because of the hormones your skin might have different needs. Also, menopause might require you to change your products.
- New Workout Routine: if you’re sweating heavily or are exposed to sunlight you need a new skin care routine. Sweating can cause irritation if it sits on the skin for too long because of the ammonia and urea so you need to start cleansing and applying products that focus on preventing acne. Also, you’ll need to be more conscious while being outdoors under the sunlight because certain products increase sun sensitivity.
- Skin is reacting badly to: If you’re skin is reacting badly don’t ignore the signs, figure out what’s causing the reaction and switch the product/detergent/etc that your skin reacted badly to.
Best Way to Incorporate New Products
It’s important that your skin has been adjusted to a specific skin care routine before incorporating a new product; introduce one product at a time into your routine.
For things to go smoothly, there are certain steps you should take when adding anything new to your skin care routine. Read on to find out exactly how to incorporate new skin care products into your skin care routine.
1. PATCH TEST NEW SKIN CARE PRODUCTS
You can do your best to pick out skin care products that will play nicely with your skin, looking at the ingredient lists and reading up on product reviews, but it can be hard to say for sure whether or not a skin care product could have an unexpected effect on your skin. Of course, that shouldn’t stop you from trying new skin care products—what’s the fun in that? Rather, it should change how you try them. Instead of rushing home with your new goodies and applying them directly to your face, it’s best to patch test. Apply a small amount of the skin care product in question to the skin behind your ear, and repeat for several days to see how your skin responds. If it doesn’t, you’re in the clear to apply it all over your face.
2. TRY ONE SKIN CARE PRODUCT AT A TIME
After a skin care shopping spree (the best kind), you’re likely dying to start using all your new skin care products right off the bat. However, that could be bad news for your skin. The reason being, if you try multiple skin care products at once for the first time and your skin responds negatively, you won’t be able to pinpoint the culprit. That’s why it’s always better to gradually incorporate new skin care products into your skin care routine. Once you’re confident your skin can handle one product, you can slowly add another into the mix.
3. GIVE IT TIME TO SEE RESULTS
Don’t expect skin care products to provide instant results. While you may immediately see minor changes, like a temporary glow or a boost of hydration, you can’t expect your complexion to be perfected in a matter of days. Those things take time! Most skin care products take continued use to see results. Give the skin care product a few weeks (or even months) to work before calling it quits and looking for something else.
4. STOP IF YOUR SKIN HAS A NEGATIVE RESPONSE
If you do find yourself in the unfortunate situation of experiencing a negative response to a new skin care product, don’t try to persevere. Stop using the skin care product and take it easy on your skin for a little while.
5. MAKE SURE YOUR SKIN CARE PRODUCTS ARE COMPATIBLE
It’s possible that two skin care products could be miracle workers on their own, but when used together, the same can’t be said. Sometimes, skin care products just aren’t compatible with one another. For example, using AHAs, BHAs, and retinol all in the same skin care routine is generally considered overkill. You’ll be better off picking one of the aforementioned ingredients to take center stage in your skin care routine, instead of using all three.
6. CONSIDER CUTTING OUT EXCESSIVE STEPS
As you add more skin care products to your skin care routine, you may need to consider removing some of the older skin care products in your routine. If you al