There are so many factors that come into play when creating an at home skincare routine. The time of the year, allergies, skin challenges, and budget all play a part in choosing what products you are going to be incorporating into your lifestyle. I want to share some thoughts on how to identify when you need to make changes in your routine, and some factors that can trigger skin flareups.
Firstly, let’s start with factors which can contribute to skin issues…
Hormone-imbalance – birth control, pregnancy, or your lunar cycle.
Stress! Acute or Chronic, both have effects on the health of your endocrine system.
Using irritating makeup products which are comedogenic.
Diet. If you are experiencing constant congestion, you may be eating foods in your diet which are causing you to have internal inflammation. If you are using a consistent skin care routine and are still having breakouts, I encourage you to connect with a Naturopath to be tested for internal issues. Doing an elimination diet can also be helpful in pinpointing foods that do not work for your system.
Improperly following directions. Using treatment soaps or exfoliants more often than needed can irritate the skin. Be mindful and DO NOT overdo it. If you have questions on how to choose the best exfoliant for your skin check out my article all about it.
On switching up your routine…
Do not switch everything at once. If you are swapping products in and out constantly without any consistency you are never going to be able to pinpoint what does and doesn’t work for your skin.
Keeping a journal or a note tab with a daily log of how your skin is doing. At the same time everyday (I suggest first thing in the morning) take note of how your skin is feeling. Is it itchy and tight? Did you wake up with new spots? What about oil – is your face covered or oily in certain spots? As you are making adjustments to your diet and homecare, keeping a record of your skin and its cycles can help connect the bigger picture together.
Choose the correct products. Always make sure you choose products that are made to balance out your skin, or connect with a licensed esthetician (wink wink) on how to properly choose products for your skin type.
As always, keep in touch and don’t hesitate to send me an email if you have any questions or would like to book a treatment with me in my office. To view FAQ or for questions visit my website www.guidedcompass.org or call 330-442-5695.