We all have those skin care products that we consider our standards. Maybe it’s the moisturizer you’ve loved since college. Or the gentle cleanser that has kept your skin clear for years. But sometimes an old stand-by is no longer doing you any favors, and it may be time to make a change – or at least take it out of rotation for a while.
Change your skin care according to the seasons
Heavy moisturizers may be a great choice in the dry winter months, but it’s not likely appropriate in the summer. During the summer months, exfoliation becomes more important as the heat and humidity can trap more dirt and bacteria on the skin. At the same time, you may switch to lighter moisturizing gels or serums, and stay away from the heavy creams.
In the winter, you can break out the heavier moisturizing creams and lotions, but you should cut back on the exfoliation. The dry winter air can wreak havoc on the skin, and too much exfoliation can deplete skin’s protective layer.
Remember that sun protection is important all year-round, so don’t skimp on the sunscreen.
Change your skin care when you’re pregnant
Pregnancy changes everything, including your skin. During pregnancy, your skin may glow like it’s never glowed before. Or you may get acne.
Every pregnant woman is different, but it’s true that most women during pregnancy will want to change up their skin care routine. Gentle, non-comedogenic, botanical-based products are a great option for women during pregnancy. And, while sun protection is always important, it becomes even more so during pregnancy when increased sun sensitivity is common.
Change your skin care as you get older
It’s rare that any one product can be beneficial to your skin throughout decades. (It may be possible, but I haven’t yet found one) Each stage of life brings with it new skin challenges.
In your teens, you may need to keep oily skin at bay, or you may have great skin that needs very little attention. At the very least, you should be using a good moisturizer and an effective sunscreen.
In your 20’s and 30’s, you will want to start thinking about anti-aging products, especially around the delicate eye area. Many people begin using retinols and/or peptides around this time to stimulate collagen production.
In your 40’s and 50’s – even if you’ve never used an anti-aging product before – you’re probably starting to become concerned about aging skin. Now is the time to introduce peptides, and ingredients like Hyaluronic Acid, that can help skin look plumper and firmer.
Change your skin care when it’s no longer working for you
This seems intuitive, but some people become attached to their skin care routine, and find it difficult to understand or believe that their beloved products are no longer benefitting them – and may even be contributing to skin problems.
If you notice that your skin isn’t looking as healthy as it should, your skin care products may be to blame (assuming you’re otherwise healthy). It’s true that your skin changes, and it can even become resistant to some ingredients.
Try changing one product/component of your skin care routine at a time. Give the new product at least a week or two to determine how it works for you, and make additional adjustments from there. Yes, it’s hard to part with a product you’ve used for a long time, but sometimes it’s necessary.