Testing out new skincare products can either be an exciting experience or an uneasy venture. Depending on the product, the skin may require a period of adjustment before achieving results of radiant skin. It can seem like a toss between emotions as we wait for glowy skin results or the reveal of a dreadful break out. Here are some helpful tips on the best follow up steps that can help enhance your skincare experience and make the transition as smooth as possible.
Exfoliation + Ceramides
After exfoliating, the skin can become more sensitive. Products with ceramides can help soothe and protect the skin. Ceramides can be naturally found in our skin and function to retain skin moisture and maintain a healthy skin barrier.
Recommendation: Follow up with a moisturizer with ceramides. Additional hydrating ingredients such as hyaluronic acid, betaine, and glycerin will also help calm the skin.
Retinoid + SPF
As retinoid based products work to increase cell turnover of the skin, the surface of the skin sheds more quickly. During this time the skin can become more sensitive to sun exposure.
Recommendation: Stick to the basics and follow-up with a soothing, gentle routine. Apply SPF of 30 or greater during the day.
Low dosage AHAs and BHAs + Vitamin C
The combination of Vitamin C and concentrated chemical exfoliants such as alpha hydroxy acids (AHAs) and beta hydroxy acids (BHAs) can lead to irritated skin. However, a low dosage of AHAs and BHAs can help gently exfoliate the top layer of the skin for Vitamin C to work more effectively.
Recommendation: Use a toner containing chemical exfoliant (AHA, BHA, or AHA and BHA) followed by a Vitamin C serum.
Hyaluronic Acid + Occlusives
Hydration does wonders for the skin. Hyaluronic acid works to absorb and retain moisture for the skin, but it’s not the best stand alone ingredient. Applying an additional layer of product containing occlusives on the skin can minimize water loss. Occlusives are a group of waxy or oily ingredients that work to form a protective barrier on the surface of the skin.
Recommendation: Moisturizers and creams generally contain occlusives which gives the product a white or milky color. After applying a hyaluronic acid serum, follow up with a moisturizer.