Getting your skincare routine right can make a world of difference in your skin's health and in your self-confidence. But cosmetic dermatology assessments aside, how can you tell if your skincare routine is actually working? If you're not sure, here are a few things you need to look for.
When your skincare routine is working the way it's supposed to, your skin should feel supple and firm. Supple skin means you're giving it enough moisture to thrive. In addition, this means you're producing enough collagen to keep your skin looking smooth and supple. Products like hyaluronic acid, vitamin C serum, and hydrating face masks can help you achieve supple skin. If you're feeling like you can still see fine lines and wrinkles on your skin despite your skincare routine, it's possible that you need to make a few more adjustments.
While not all hyperpigmentation or skin tone irregularities can be tied directly to your skincare routine, it's still a good sign to see a more even skin tone. If you suffer from acne scars or hyperpigmentation around the mouth and eyes, a good skincare routine will help minimize the appearance of these deviations from your normal skin tone. When your skincare routine is working as it should, you should start to see your skin tone even out across your face and neck. That means no uneven skin color or patchy redness on your face!
If your skin is feeling tight, itchy, or otherwise irritated after you complete your skincare routine, that's not a good sign. Your skincare routine should help soothe your skin, not cause a skin rash! Skin irritation could mean a few different things when it comes to the products you're using. First, it could mean you have an allergy or sensitivity to one of the products you're using. If that's the case, it's a good idea to consult with your dermatologist to determine what specifically is causing that irritation. It could also mean that your skin isn't getting enough moisture. Dry skin can easily become itchy and irritated if you're not careful. In this instance, you'll want to switch up your moisturizer or add more products that can help your skin retain moisture. Hyaluronic acid is a great option to look into if dry skin is your issue.
Acne is one of the most common skin ailments out there. If you're struggling with acne, your skincare routine should be able to help you overcome it. In fact, one of the most important signs that your skincare is working is if your acne starts to clear up. When you start to see fewer blackheads and other blemishes on your face, it's a surefire sign that you've got your skincare routine planned just right.
Perfecting your skincare routine might take some time, but the results will be well worth your efforts. If you need help selecting products for your perfect skincare routine, don't hesitate to set up a consultation with our team at North Pacific Dermatology today.