Being a skincare blogger who uses mainly Asian Skincare, it is difficult to broach the subject matter of “Doing too much” without offending anyone.
Like many in my field, it is difficult to not cross that line. I love Korean Skincare and its many steps that can reach up to 10, which is my usual aim in my routine. Many times, I fall short of the 10. Usually ending at about 3 products and maybe 8. As my interactions in the AB Community increased, I noticed a trend of 15 to 20 products being used by some. That honestly has left me baffled. The only word that comes to mind at that point is ..Why??!!
How does one properly use a product when it is layered under 19 layers of other stuff? How does one see result? How does one avoid over-saturating the skin with products that may cause issues later on? How about allergic reactions? How about product interactions? How about clogged pores? So many questions plague my mind. Yes skincare is addictive and the FOMO ( Fear Of Missing Out) is real, but what about skincare responsibility?
The new trend at is this time is the use of AHAs, BHAs, and Retinol. Used properly they can give amazing results by reducing fine lines, reducing and /or eradicating acne, acne scar, and hyper-pigmentation. The flip side is, these products can create photosensitivity, hyper-pigmentation. With overuse and improper usage, acids can do more harm than good. As a lover of acids, may they be peels, toners or serums, I always make sure to use discretion when applying them. I have watched others layer and layer acids and sometimes use them daily to end up with irritation, burned and or damaged skin. It makes me want to scream …..What the fudge are you doing?????!!!!. Though these products may be low in acid percentage, however layering one on top of the other increases the percentage of overall acids on the skin.
In all, there is so much your skin can take. Since you love it enough to adopt a routine, be responsible. Sometimes more is just too much. Just like our stomach have a satiation point, your skin has one too. There is so much it can absorb. Anything more is just a waste.