Skincare has become an exact science in recent years because of the amount of research put into the industry. This means now skincare experts have a more clear understanding on how to optimize regimens, products and techniques to maximize results for your skin. There are plenty of skincare tips that people follow, but there are still a few that are often overlooked. Here are three of them:
- Complacency After Seeing Results – Results can sometimes take months to physically appear when you start a new skincare regimen. Products like anti-aging and those that fade dark spots, and acne treatments especially take a while for you to see results. However, a lot of people tend to start using these products less upon seeing initial results. Remember that you need to keep using these products to continue seeing improvements, otherwise your skin might revert to its previous state before you started using the product. The bottom line is that a skincare regimen is a long-term commitment, not a short-term fix.
- Storing products improperly – Putting your skincare products in areas that are too warm or too moist can cause the active ingredients to deactivate really quick. Active ingredients like Vitamin C, retinol, antioxidants, and UV filters are sensitive to high temperatures, so keep them away from direct sunlight and from moisture-filled environments. The same principle about moisture goes for tools you use for skincare, like razors, combs, tweezers, and exfoliators because a moist environment promotes the growth of harmful bacteria that can then be transferred onto your skin when you use the tools.
- Allowing your skincare products to become stale – Skincare products usually have an expiration date, meaning they don’t last forever. While this is true, unopened products tend to have a very long shelf life compared to opened products. Instead of strictly relying on the expiration date listed on the product’s packaging, you should pay more attention to when you have opened the product, as others can become stale sooner than others. Why? factors like exposure to light and oxygen come into play as soon as you unseal the packaging. This is why you should be mindful about certain products that have open-top lids, or clear packages, as they are more susceptible to becoming more stale than those in opaque or more solid containers.