Over-the-Top TLC: 3 Signs You’re Overdoing Your Skin Care Routine

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There’s no doubt about it that a good skincare routine shows results. But it’s also possible to do too much of a good thing. In fact, many women tend to fall into this costly mistake, as there are many products worth trying. Not only is there an abundance of options, but of tips, tricks, and trends online.

Beware of overdoing your skincare routine. If you see these signs, you’re definitely doing too much of a good thing and dropping the regimen may just be the skin care your skin needs.

You Get Burns

This often happens when you frequently exfoliate — let’s say with physical scrubs or chemical peels. Unfortunately, some people dismiss the redness and swelling as a natural part of the routine. Well, they’re not. If your skin constantly stings when you exfoliate, rethink your routine.

Remember, you don’t have to exfoliate every day. When you do, you’re stripping off the natural oils in the skin, which is the reason irritation and inflammation happens. Over time, this could lead to premature skin aging. The ideal frequency is two to three times a week for normal and combination skin, while once a week for sensitive.

You Have Dry Skin

If you’ve noticed that your skin feels drier than before, it’s also a sign that you’re overdoing the routine. This is most likely with the use of not-so-good products. In general, layering up a bunch of products that have alcohol ingredients would leave the skin super dry over time.

If your cleansers always leave your skin feeling a little stiff, that’s also not a good sign. It’s best to look at the ingredients of your skin essentials products to know for sure what are the chemicals you’re putting on your face. Don’t jump into the next skincare craze just because everyone or your favorite Instagram influencer does it. Take everything with a grain of salt.

You Experience Breakouts

Overcared skin can manifest in a sudden popping of zits all over your face, but some are mistaking it for the skin “cleaning itself.” Most women entering menopause who use too may peels are prone to this skin problem. Fluctuating hormones cause inflammation in the skin, while peeling agents increase the rate of cell turnover. The result then is breakouts — which are not just unsightly, but also increasingly painful since inflammatory acne puts a strain on nerve endings.

Yes, your skin needs TLC. But don’t overdo it. Sometimes, it’s always just best to stick to the basics: cleanse, tone, and moisturize.