After spending most of my life on the East Coast, packing up and moving to the West Coast has been a little bit shocking, particularly to my skin. Each day in this warm, sunny place, I noticed my skin was becoming drier, flakier and a weird shade of gray. It looked dehydrated and covered in fine lines. I had my usual stash of natural products I’d used for years, but they weren’t bringing the magic anymore. The moral of this sad story? There are definitely times when you’ll need to change up your skincare routine to meet the challenges of new life situations. Here are 5 reasons you may have to change your skincare regimen, and the happy ending to my skincare dilemma.
Change of location/climate – If, like me, you change geographical locations and go from a humid area to a dry area, your skin will seek the moisture it’s used to by taking it from the deep layers of your skin. You may find that your light-weight moisturizer isn’t doing it anymore. Seek out heavier moisturizers to keep your skin from dehydrating and causing breakouts. If your adventure takes you to a more humid location, try a lighter moisturizer or a serum.
Change in water quality – This was the number one issue when I moved. It turns out Southern California has some of the hardest water in the country. Thanks. Hard water has a high pH and is loaded with mineral and metal content that can be very drying to skin. Some people even get itchy and irritated because their skin is reacting to the minerals in the water. Cleansing milks and light toners are best for hard water. If possible, act like a beauty queen and only rinse your face with bottled water.
Maturing skin –As much as we all like to pretend our skin stays the same for fifty years, alas, it does not. I’m not suggesting growing older is something we should be “battling”. I just think it’s more empowering to decide how old I want to look at any given moment. So, when I noticed my first fine lines, I simply added serums to my regular routine. Also try products with hyaluronic acid for plumping fine lines.
Allergies – It is perfectly (and annoyingly) possible to have a great skincare product that you’ve used for YEARS and suddenly you get breakouts and rashes from it. One of two things could be happening: The company quietly changed the formula (this happens when natural brands sell to big companies that don’t have a real passion for natural cosmetics); or your body chemistry has changed. Unfortunately, in the second scenario it’s going to take some trial and error on your part to find the offending ingredient. It may be beneficial to stop using all of your skincare and simply remove makeup with a gentle oil for a while; then introduce each product one-by-one.
Hormonal changes – Most women are aware of skin changes during and after pregnancy, but few consider how menopause affects skin. This is a time, like the teen years, when everything in the body is going crazy (that’s my medical term for it), so it’s not surprising that what normally makes your skin happy may not be it’s best friend during and after menopause. Like with allergies, you’ll have to experiment to see which products and formulas your skin best reacts with during this time.