When It’s Time to Change Your Skincare Routine

January 30th, 2015

When none of the parts of your usual routine or handy tricks seem to have any positive (or have negative) effects on your skin, this is a sign that it’s time to change your skincare routine.  Weather changes can also make it difficult to maintain a healthy glow, but the masters of the aesthetics industry have some proven ways to achieve radiance regardless of climate or skin type.  A renowned spa in NYC favored by A-listers, for example, offers thorough consultations to address specific issues for a fully rejuvenating regime that restores youthful vitality.


If your skin is initially uncooperative, don’t panic.  Check for possible irritants in your face care products. Choose chemical-free cleansers, serums and moisturizers derived from natural botanical ingredients as often as possible.  Consider whether reducing the amount of washing may give the natural dermal oils a chance to balance out. In case these solutions don’t work, here are a few of the signs that your skin may be in need of professional attention:

Irritation (redness and inflammation)

Extreme flaking

Dramatic breakout

Premature fine lines and wrinkles

Persistent dullness

Uncomfortable tightness and strain in the face

What Could be Irritating my skin?

Sulfates are a common irritant in common face cleansers that can be especially harsh on sensitive skin.  They tend to deplete the dermis of the vital natural oils that inhibit the early development of fine lines and wrinkles.  Allergic reactions to certain ingredients may also lead to unsightly inflammation.  Diet does play into a well rounded daily routine, so pay attention to how different foods may aggravate certain conditions or enhance the overall appearance of you skin.  Checking in with a knowledgeable professional is one of the leading ways to assess the most effective natural care for your specific skin type.

How often is too often to wash skin?

This can vary depending on the season.  But generally in the morning it’s perfectly reasonable to splash the face with tepid water (always pat dry) and apply an enriching Daily Serum.  After your face has been exposed to the litany of free radicals in the outdoors and work environment throughout the day, it’s advisable to wash your face as soon as you return home.  This is especially important if you wear makeup that can clog the pores.  Celebrity facialist, Joanna Vargas wisely stresses that using soap dispensers rather bar soap is the best way to avoid spreading bacteria while cleansing the skin.

Once you’ve discovered a solid regime tailored to your needs follow it with a nearly religious dedication for a superbly healthy complexion.    It’s worth considering holistic spa treatments that can address for deeper underlying issues not possible to fix with DIY home care.  Including a professional facial can help jumpstart dermal function for a visibly improved visage.


Deanna Lane has a BFA from Pratt Institute and a Masters degree in cultural anthropology from New Mexico State University–now writing health and wellness articles for Joanna Vargas Skincare Sanctuary in NYC.  Otherwise-trekking the national museum scene…