We have left 2020 behind — with all its troubles and perils. If, however, you see that your skin condition has not improved, know that you are not alone. Maybe, then, it is time for you to revisit and reconsider your skincare regime. Dolly Kumar, cosmetic engineer and founder of Cosmic Nutracos Solutions says that “your skincare products are negatively impacting your skin, defeating the purpose you brought them for in the first place. Common mistakes in beauty habits and harsh chemical-based skincare products might be at fault.”
She shares with indianexpress.com some tell-tale signs that suggest you need a change of skincare routine.
Chapped skin and breakouts
“If you are seeing small red bumps that look like breakouts or having flaky skin, then it may be the effect of overuse of sulfates in skincare products,” says Kumar. It can be that your moisturiser or face wash is laden with Sodium Lauryl Sulphate (SLS or SLES). This might compromise your skin’s natural barrier.
The only way to prevent is to remove all products which are abundant with SLS until the aggravation settles down.
New skin issues — oilier or drier than before
Many times, change in skincare backfires — the result is that your skin becomes oilier or drier. Whenever your routine doesn’t match up to the results you aimed for, try and recall if you have made a recent alteration in skincare, be it a habit or a product, and move away from it. “Give your skin some time to recover and gradually introduce the new technique/product, such as twice a week, before inculcating it daily,” she adds.
Change of weather
You cannot use the same products for summers and winters for obvious reasons. Each season affects our skin differently. For example, winters call for heavy moisturisation while summers need a light, water-based moisturiser. Right now, since the temperatures are dipping in most parts of the country it can be tempting to use hot water. However, it is advisable to not do it on your face during winters.
Switch up your personal hygiene
“Clean hands are a prerequisite for skincare as oil and dirt from the fingertips may cause acne upon touching the face. Moreover, the current conditions have necessitated that one maintains good personal care and hygiene using effective yet gentle hand wash and sanitiser,” shares Kumar. Always make sure your hands are clean before you go on to follow your skincare regime — not only that make sure you change your pillow covers twice a week since that can cause rashes on your face.
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