How many skincare products do you use?
Let's start with the basics; cleanser, toner, and moisturiser. Then many of us also have a favourite serum, and look to micellar water to melt off our makeup... Plus an eye cream for targeting dark circles and crow's feet. Perhaps a retinol to keep things youthful, and a dose of vitamin C for brightness. It's always good to have a sheet mask for special occasions too. And then the next thing you know your bathroom cabinet is overflowing with glass bottles and tubs...
So are we using too many skincare products?
While the concern is more toward using the incorrect products for your skin, Nurse Alice Jenkins, Dermatology & Celebrity Injector, says we do tend to over-moisturise."It’s a common misconception that the more moisturiser you use, the more effective it will be. On average, our skin can only absorb up to 60 per cent of what is put on it – anything more than that will just sit on the surface, clogging up your pores, suffocating the skin and affecting its barrier and the way it works." When it comes to cleansing, Alice says it's a-ok if you're doing this twice a day (once in the morning and once in the evening) - but if you have sensitive skin, 'double cleansing' could be doing more harm than help.
What negative effects can too many products have on our skin?
Overloading the skin with too many rich and heavy textures can make your skin lazy and complacent. "It finds a dependence on external moisture and doesn’t work as hard to perform its natural function of protecting and hydrating itself. In fact, overusing products such as moisturiser will only worsen the majority of skin concerns," says Alice. "Not only does it make your skin reliant on additional hydration, but it can also result in an overproduction of sebum; leading to inflammation, clogged pores, redness, flaking, pigmentation and acne."