Not everyone has clear, glowing skin. About 40 to 55 percent of the adult population deal with persistent acne and oily skin. Proper skincare aims to help you maintain healthy skin and protect it from damaging environmental elements, like pollution and UV rays. How much product should you use to keep a routine?

The Korean beauty craze, for example, introduced the 10-step skincare routine. Its premise is that the skin needs more than just cleansing, toning, and moisturizing to stay healthy and youthful. But is adding more products to your regimen healthy for your skin?

Product Choices Matter
Using multiple products for your skin is generally safe, as long as you’re using the right ones, from skincare to your makeup. Beauty products feature various active ingredients that benefit the skin differently. Some ingredients work well with other ingredients, whereas others irritate the skin when combined.

The number of products you apply to your skin may vary, depending on the skin problem you’re addressing. If you have multiple skin issues, it makes sense to use more products that target the individual problem.

In some cases, your skin can no longer absorb the pile of products, so these products simply stick to themselves. When this happens, evaluate your routine and alter it.

Dermatologists explain strategic layering helps you maximize every product you use. It’s ideal to apply products based on their thickness so that the skin absorbs them easily. Start with a product with lower thickness, let it dry, and then proceed to the next set of steps. Applying heavy products first creates a problem with absorption.

Building a Safe Skincare Regimen

Everyone has a different skin type. That’s why the skincare routine of, for example, your favorite YouTube beauty vlogger, may not work on you. It’s essential to identify your skin type first before splurging on dozens of skincare products.
The five skin types are:
  • Oily – the skin produces excessive natural oils, leaving an oily film on your face.
  • Dry – the skin looks dull and lifeless.
  • Sensitive – the skin experiences irritation after using a product, which may lead to acne or rashes.
  • Combination – the skin tends to be dry in winter and oily in summer. This also applies if some parts of your face (the T-zone) are oily and others are dry.
  • Normal – the skin can tolerate almost anything without overreacting.
Consult a dermatologist for an accurate assessment of your skin. Your doctor may also recommend products suitable for your skin and how many products it can tolerate without breaking out.

When it comes to cleansers, your choice may vary based on your activities. For instance, you should opt for a milk-based face wash when cleaning your face after a morning sweat session. This type of face wash gives your face a slightly deeper cleanse, removing more dirt and bacteria from your skin.

Skincare is supposed to keep your skin in healthy and young looking. But be mindful when adding more products to your routine to avoid damaging your skin. Always check the ingredients and understand their effects to enjoy their benefits.