Telltale Signs You’ve Been Using Too Many Beauty Products

Skin-care junkies, beware—even the most expensive and top-notch skin products may just very well backfire from overuse.

We get that it’s difficult to hold back. Moisturizers, sunscreens, multiple serums — everything feels essential when you’ve just about applied one in the midst of your beauty routine. Occasionally, the results of overloading on the skin-care fare prove less than stellar, though — like when your cheeks turn red and when your face starts to itch.

It may become necessary to step back and evaluate the excessiveness of your beauty routine every once in a while. Here are four signs that you might be overloading on skin-care:

Itchy, red, flaky or sun-sensitive skin

Loading up on specific combinations of products may very well lead to the above. One of the biggest culprits of such an ordeal is multiple forms of exfoliation being used at once—acids, a microdermabrasion brush, and retinoids. Overloading on products that are meant to absorb into the skin may also lead to the above.

You don’t keep track of active ingredients

Layering on skin-care products that have too many active ingredients is a sure cause for skin irritation, particularly when ill-paired. One example of such a counteractive combination is pairing products containing glycolic or salicylic acid with retinoids—generally ingredients purposed for anti-aging. Taking care to pair the right products and to check for ingredients will help with balancing your routine out.

Your skin is shiny in the absence of oil

This is an immediate sign of over-exfoliation. Skin that is over-exfoliated—shiny but, oddly enough, devoid of tactile oil—has often lost more surface dead skin cells than ideal, so explains Dr. David Lortscher, founder of skin startup Curology. It becomes important, then, to tone down on the exfoliation and allow some healthy dullness and roughness to linger.

What to do if you experience a reaction?

Often, women make the mistake of attempting to combat a reaction by adding more products to their skin-care routine, after which the ‘culprit’ becomes increasingly obscure.

The best solution, then, would be to hold off from using your entire arsenal of skin-care weapons until you weed out the ones that are truly beneficial to your skin—no reactions attached. This will give your skin the rest it needs, and derive the best results from your beauty routine in the long run.

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