1. You Use The Exact Same Products Daily
"With your hair, you might use a volumizing shampoo one day and a moisturizing shampoo the next, depending on how dry your hair feels and how it's behaving," explained dermatologist Dr. Jeanine Downie to Refinery 29. "It's the same thing with your skin — the amount of moisture or exfoliation that you need may vary daily due to a number of factors."
So, listen to what your body tells you and act on it. Don't just limit yourself to thinking you have an exclusively oily or dry complexion — that can change day to day. Add a bit of face oil when you're feeling extra dry, use eye cream when you're feeling puffy. The only thing you can't skimp on, according to Dr. Downie? "Rain or shine, January through December — everyone needs at least an SPF 30, every single day."
2. You Have No Idea When Your Products Expire
If you've been using the same bottle of toner for years now, it's time to toss it. There is no sign that it's time to update your skincare routine quite like a cabinet full of expired goods. Of course if you like the quality of the products, feel free to invest in them again. Otherwise, take this as an opportunity to try out something new. When should you get rid of your skincare items? According to Allure, acne products should be tossed after 4-6 months, exfoliators are good for about 2 years, masks and peels for 3 months, and moisturizers 1 year.
3. Your Pores Are Visibly Clogged
If your routine is leaving you unsatisfied, it's time for a change. If you still have noticeably large pores, blackheads, or frequent acne, you should check your current products. If your moisturizer is too rich, switch to a lighter one. Swap your cleanser for one with salicylic acid for some deep-cleaning action. If that still isn't enough, a dermatologist will be sure to prescribe you something that works.
4. You've Moved To A New Place
There are so many factors that can make moving across the country wreak havoc on your skin. Celebrity esthetician Renee Rousseau told Refinery 29 that a change in climate can mean humidity levels and harsher conditions than your complexion is familiar with. The water you use to shower might be harder or softer than you're used to. Even the overall stress of moving can come into play and cause unexpected flair-ups.
Two very important aspects of your skincare need to be considered when moving somewhere new: moisturizer and toner. If you feel dried out, opt for a heavier formula. If the air is much wetter than in your last city, you might want to replace lotion with a gel moisturizer. As for toner, it is important to use it religiously as it is the best way to remove pollutants like chemicals and salt, found both in the water and in the air. Alcohol-free is best, to maintain some moisture.
Use these simple tips to whip your skincare routine into shape in no time flat.
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