Guest Post: 5 Signs You Need to Change Your Skincare Routine

Changes

Much like you cannot possibly wear a breezy dress during winter, your skin changes its mood with each season, requiring certain adjustments and updates, and there are so many other circumstances that can cause your skin to become in desperate need for a different routine.

So, before you randomly start hunting for the new set of the latest moisturizers on the market and the next miracle purifier, let’s take a look at a few early warning signals your skin may be sending you when it’s time to revamp!

1.    Change of location

You don’t have to move to the other hemisphere for your skin to feel the difference. It’s more than enough to head a few hours south or north from your current location, and the change in the levels of moisture, dryness, pollution, sun exposure, harsher winds, you name it, and it can wreak havoc on your lovely complexion.

So, it’s best to do your homework before you take the trip, and learn about your destination. Heading somewhere sunny and you’re already leading a battle against blemishes? Then perhaps a new facial wash such as the Body Shop infused with tea tree oil is in order, to refresh and cleanse properly in the new climate.

2.    Well beyond expiration date

When was the last time you checked the expiration date on your collection of bottles? If you’ve been applying the same cream for the past two or three years, chances are that a resupply is long overdue. Click To Tweet In fact, take a long, hard look at your complexion and do a little revision: has this particular set of creams, lotions, serums and whatnots helped you, or have they merely done a mediocre job?

Think of it as spring cleaning for beauty, and clear your cabinets from all the outdated products. Then see which ones did an excellent job, restock, and which ones didn’t really dazzle you, meaning that perhaps you’ll need something different. Give that multi-purpose coconut oil a go, maybe, or a wash that’s both face and body-friendly for your skin type.

3.    Itchy, flaky, irritated skin?

Sometimes the same product seems to work wonders for months, and suddenly cause your skin to break out in hives, or you feel itchy and redness only gets worse by the day. This won’t come as a surprise, but most products are packed with synthetic chemicals, and the accumulation of some of them can cause your skin to react this way.

Synthetic fragrances in your products might be the key culprits of allergic reactions, so it’s wise to consult a dermatologist before you make a change – they can make a suggestion depending on your current condition and what will serve you well down the road.

4.    Clogged Pores

Heavy creams and oily products don’t always work for everyone, and if you’ve noticed that your skin is literally suffocating under all that buildup, it’s time for a detox with the help of healthy exfoliation. We often underestimate the importance of regular scrubbing, and clogged pores are a clear sign you’re in need of a good cleanse.

For instance, Cosmedix line of scrubs can come in very handy in purifying your complexion gently, but thoroughly, with the help of poppy, jojoba and date seeds, combined with salicylic acid. And of course, come hell or high water, don’t forget to apply your sunscreen afterwards.

5.    Where are the results?

You’ve been religiously using the same set of creams and lotions for months on end, but the results still fail to appear – now, as much as you may like your products, whether it’s their lovely scent or the texture you love, if they can’t deliver, you need to let them go.

Just like rashes and irritation are clear signs of a mismatch, a lack of visible results and improvements is equally important to take into consideration. Especially if you’ve used the same product for a very long time, your skin may become resistant to its effects, so it’s time to surprise your pores with some new skin-friendly goodies!

 

 

Peter is a beauty editor at HighStyleLife magazine, living in between the UK and AU. Follow Peter on Twitter for more tips.

I’ve Discovered The Holy Grail…

Hey loves! I hope you’re having a wonderful week.

Over the years, I couldn’t be more thankful for good hair days. But over the last couple weeks, I have been grateful for good skin days, and it is all thanks to this little bottle. Meet my skin saviour, Island Skin Line’s Coconut Oil Virgin Wildcrafted. But first, let’s backtrack a bit….

I’ve always had problematic skin. I’ve suffered from acne since I was in the fourth grade and it has always been a burden. I’ve tried all the over counter products you could think of. I even visited a dermatologist who prescribed Retin-A, and it was of no use.  Currently, I don’t suffer from the pimples as frequently as I did as a teenager but I do suffer from minor breakouts especially in the summer and dark spots.

Summer has always been the worst time for my skin. The intense heat sends my skin into a frenzy, and it rebels. While I live in Jamaica, which is summer most of the days, when the summer season rolls around, it is incredibly hot.

As summer approaches, I was a bit apprehensive about finding a solution to combat the harsh weather. A couple of months ago, I had an allergic reaction to a particular body product and had to seek some alternative to alleviate my pain.

In my Google research, (Yes, I’m one of those persons who consult with google first before visiting a physician), coconut oil seemed to be the solution to my issue. I was quickly discouraged and thought my problems wouldn’t go away as a 10ml bottle of coconut oil in Jamaica costs around $2,000-2,500 JMD which is equivalent to $15-19 USD.

My significant other suggested that I still browse the nearby pharmacy to see what other products could be used. As fate would have it, I found Island Skin Line and the price wasn’t ridiculous and it’s Jamaican made which was a big plus as I enjoy supporting my fellow country men and women.

I paid roughly $10USD for a 120ml bottle and lasted me a month and a half. Over the course of 6 weeks, my symptoms not only cleared up but so did the annoying breakouts I had, due to lack of water and copious amounts of sugary drinks.

Overnight, my annoying pimples and rashes disappeared, and my skin had this strange glow about it. I was unsure whether or not this bottle had worked this well so last month, I decided to purchase my second bottle, and I must say that this thing works!!

The effects of summer have slowly crept in my skin has started to react, but it has been minimal as I have been using the coconut oil religiously.I use it under my makeup as a moisturizer, as a makeup remover, and as a night cream. My skin has never looked or felt better.

I plan to explore their skin line further to see what other benefits my skin could achieve. You can visit their website here.

Until next time nuff love!