6 signs that it’s time to simplify your skincare routine

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We love skincare as much as you do, but sometimes keeping things simple truly is best.

If you’ve been trying every new mask and serum every other month, and your skin is simply tired from it all — it might be time to simplify your routine.

If you’re experiencing any of the signs below, it’s time to give your skin a break and get back to basics.


Your skin is irritated and inflamed

If your skin is red and itchy, or feels raw and swollen, then it’s likely irritated and silently screaming for help.

Stop all actives like vitamin C, acids, peptides and retinol, and go back to the basics to give your skin a chance to heal. Give it at least a month before slowly introducing any other products. That way, you’ll know what’s causing the irritation.

Use a very gentle cleanser like the Ren Rosa Centifolia Cleansing Gel, made with ingredients that calm and soothe the skin.

Caudalie Grape Water - Kens Apothecary Malaysia

Spritz on the soothing Caudalie Grape Water for instant relief on inflamed skin. [Photo: Caudalie]

If skin feels tight and dry during the day, spray on a facial mist like the
Caudalie Grape Water to replenish hydration and provide instant relief.


Your skin is unusually oily or excessively dry

Every skin type produces sebum to varying degrees, but if you’ve noticed that it’s become unusually oily lately, it’s a sign that the skin’s natural oils have been stripped and your oil glands have gone into overdrive.

Likewise, products that tend to dry the skin (like acne treatments, for example) can cause an uncomfortable tightness if you’ve been using it too frequently. Products with alcohol can also have a drying effect.

Shift your focus to hydration for a month without using products that tend to dry out the skin. When skin is hydrated, oily skin types will often find that they’re less oily because the sebum glands are in a state of balance.

Diptyque Face Mist - Kens Apothecary Malaysia

This luxurious face mist from Diptyque hydrates skin with vitamins and minerals. [Photo: Diptyque]

After cleansing, add hydration with the Diptyque Infused Facial Mist, made with natural ingredients, trace elements and vitamins to revitalise the skin.


You’re having breakouts

Products that speed up cell renewal, like retinol and exfoliants, can sometimes cause purging. These are congestion that’s already present in the skin and are now being drawn to the surface.

A purge normally lasts for a month and it’s recommended to keep going so that the skin can completely draw out impurities.

But how can you tell if a skincare product is causing a breakout instead of a purge?

Breaking out in areas where your skin is usually clear is a big clue.

If you’ve been using a new skincare product, put it aside for at least a month to let your skin clear up. Then introduce it again, and if you’re experiencing the same breakouts, you’ve got your culprit.

Emergency spot treatment - Eve Lom Dynaspot

Zap zits overnight with this spot treatment by Eve Lom that won’t dry out your skin. [Photo: Eve Lom]

Tend to spots with a gentle yet effective emergency treatment like the Eve Lom Dynaspot that reduces sebum without drying out skin.

If you’re blemish-prone, read our blog post about acne-fighting ingredients to prevent and treat breakouts.


Your skin is flaking

Skin-resurfacing products like retinol and exfoliants have a tendency to cause dry, flaking skin if used too frequently.

Flakey skin can be embarrassing, painful and uncomfortable. Not to mention, makeup only makes dry patches worse and more obvious.

Stop retinol and exfoliants, and nourish skin with hydration and moisture.

Malin Goetz Vitamin E Moisturiser - Kens apothecary Malaysia

A moisturiser with antioxidants like this one from Malin + Goetz strengthens the skin’s barrier and resilience. [Image: Malin + Goetz]

A non-greasy moisturiser with antioxidants will help strengthen the skin’s barrier and rebuild its resilience. We like the Malin + Goetz Vitamin E Face Moisturiser, an oil-free formula that absorbs quickly to hydrate all skin types.

For dry skin that needs extra moisture, the Ren Evercalm Overnight Recovery  Balm is a blend of nourishing oils that replenish the skin.

You’re not seeing any results

How do you actually know if you’re seeing results from a skincare product?

If it’s preventative skincare — like a good anti-ageing routine in your 20s — then you may not see dramatic results in a month or two. But you should still see an improvement in general skin health, texture and radiance.

Products that address concerns like wrinkles, fine lines and dark spots can take a few months to see big results. Within the first month though, you should be able to see minor improvements already.

For acne treatments or dehydrated skin, you should be able to see some improvements in a matter of weeks if you’ve been using the products correctly and consistently. And of course, assuming these products are playing well with other items in your routine.


You can barely keep up with how many skincare products you’re using

It’s tempting to try a new face mask or serum that receives a lot of hype on social media. But if you’re constantly trying out new products, how do you know what’s actually working?

Using too many skincare products - Kens Apothecary Malaysia

Getting more skincare products isn’t always the answer.

Go back to the basics of cleansing, toning and moisturising for a month to strengthen your skin’s barrier.

Sometimes, getting more products isn’t the answer.

Explore other ways of getting the most out of your skincare, like facial massages that you can easily do at home. Aside from uplifting your mood, a facial massage increases blood flow and boosts collagen production. When done correctly, skin is firmer and glows from the increased blood circulation.


We always recommend a patch test if you’re concerned about introducing new products to your routine. Come by to KENSapothecary stores and try out a product to see how your skin will react.


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2 Thoughts to 6 signs that it’s time to simplify your skincare routine

  1. fitafter45 Reply 28/07/2020 at 12:12 am

    Great tips! I shared it with my colleagues.

  2. Neora skincare Reply 25/09/2019 at 9:47 pm

    Hi there, thanks so much for the post. It’s certainly given me some ideas for a basic facial skin care routine.


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