Skincare products are all the rage right now and the demand for them has never been higher. For the majority of people, skincare products work just fine. However, there are always some cases where skincare products just don’t seem to get the job done. This article, Failing Skincare Products? Is Time To Change Things Up, will teach you about the various alternatives there are to modern skin care products. We will also be discussing Retinol and Bakuchiol in detail.
What is Retinol?
Everyone who’s done a bit of research on treating fine lines, breakouts, dark spots and so on would have come across the word retinol. So what is it anyway?
Retinol is the most prominent ingredient in many skin care products around the world. It is used by many because it is fantastic at reversing the signs of aging. There are a couple of downsides to it though. It’s not easy on the skin, and once you begin using it, your skin adapts to it which means that you’ll need to up the application strength to achieve the same results.
It doesn’t sound pleasant. Fortunately, there’s a new ingredient which is just as potent without retinol’s harsh side effects called ‘Bakuchiol.‘ This is a vegan alternative plant extract which many people are calling natural and less-irritating.
Is bakuchiol any better?
Bakuchiol is the new kid on the skincare block which has been used extensively in Indian and Chinese restorative medicine for years. It can be found in the seeds and leaves of the plant Psoralea Corylifolia. There have been plenty of studies which have shown that the effects of bakuchiol are similar to retinol. It is fantastic at preventing fine lines as well as wrinkles and helping people with pigmentation, elasticity, and firmness.
Many people prefer bakuchiol to retinol because it is a natural alternative which targets the same receptors that retinol targets. This means that it isn’t as irritating as retinol on the skin and is great for people who prefer vegan alternatives.
A trial of 44 participants where participants were given bakuchiol and retinol resulted in participants who used retinol reporting more stinging as well as harsher skin texture.
Bakuchiol or retinol?
The problem that bakuchiol faces in its fight versus retinol is that it isn’t as well studied as the latter. While bakuchiol looks promising, retinol delivers what it claims to. However, that doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t use bakuchiol. It can be used as an entry-level product if you have sensitive skin.
People with tougher skin can mix and match. As their skin gets used to the routine, they can begin adding bakuchiol.
Other natural substitutes for skincare
- Natural substitute for facial toner – There are a couple of natural substitutes to store-bought facial toners. A tremendous natural substitute is organic apple cider vinegar with the mother rubbed on a freshly clean face. Make sure you dilute it with water. A teaspoon for every half cup of water is a good ratio. If you’re worried about the vinegar scent, you shouldn’t be because the vinegar scent fades away as soon as it dries. A couple of drops of essential oil in a few ounces of apple cider vinegar does wonders for the smell. Apple cider is notorious for tightening, brightening and freshen the skin and does a fine job of preventing dry skin and breakouts.
- Natural substitute for mascara remover – Olive oil in combination with coconut oil is fantastic at removing mascara and eye makeup. Both of these oils also moisturize the eyes and help remove and prevent wrinkles.
- Natural substitute for lotion – The skin is the biggest organ in the body. The skin can absorb plenty of different chemicals and stored in fat tissue which makes it especially important to use natural ingredients on your skin. Pregnant women must be extra careful as any chemicals absorbed by the surface can be passed to a baby through the placenta.
If you’re looking for a no-nonsense natural lotion, your best bet would be organic coconut oil. Coconut oil is excellent at penetrating the skin while the medium chain fatty acids help with wrinkles, dry skin as well as other skin problems. Using coconut oil doesn’t cause any breakouts because it is naturally antibacterial. In addition to this, there are plenty of options when it comes to combining coconut oil with other oils, butter, essential oils, and herbs to create solutions perfect for your skin.
Mistakes to avoid in skin care
There are plenty of errors made by people daily when it comes to taking care of their skin. Have a look at the following points to see if you’re making any of these mistakes so that you can take corrective action now.
- Not cleansing thoroughly – One of the biggest offenders in skincare is failing to recognize how important cleansing is. Many people incorrectly assume that rubbing their face with a wet wipe and calling it a day is cleansing. Cleansing thoroughly involves double cleansing. This is because there is plenty of dirt and impurities in the air which when combined with the oil that your skin produces throughout the day can lead to a sticky mess. Make sure you double cleanse your skin.
- Rubbing instead of tapping – Some people scoop their creams and solutions and then rub them all over their face. Many people have a sensitive complexion which means that tapping their skin gently with skincare ingredients is much more important than rubbing.
- Applying products in the wrong order – Even if you have all of the right products, applying them in the wrong order can result in them not achieving peak efficiency. An excelllent way to go about applying skincare products is to move from lightest to heaviest which will result in lighter products not being blocked by heavier products for absorption.
- Treatment instead of prevention – As the old saying goes, prevention is better than cure, and this extends to skincare. It’s better to prevent an issue rather than go about treating it once it pops up. For example, it’s better to use sunscreen before your skin is damaged rather than after it’s damaged.
- Not being consistent – Consistency is key in everything humans do. This same rule applies to skincare. Even if you’ve had a draining day, you must make time to wash your face. Consistently applying skincare products can and will give them enough time to work rather than applying them once a week.
- Mixing ingredients – It’s okay to combine ingredients. However, it isn’t okay to mix the wrong ingredients as it can result in some less than stellar results. For example, you want to avoid mixing alpha hydroxy acids or beta hydroxy acids with vitamin C because their interaction can result in irritation. Do your research before you decide to mix ingredients.
- Less than ideal storage – Storing products in a dreamy desk exposed to sunlight might look good in an Instagram photo but could result in your skincare products not working optimally in the future. The best place to store skincare products is in a cool and dry place where they won’t be exposed to direct sunlight. Shower stalls and sunny vanities are a big no-no. Fluctuating temperatures results in many skincare products losing their potency. This is especially prominent in products which contain vitamin C, retinol or benzoyl peroxide. Storing your skincare products in a cabinet, drawer or a box with a lid works great. In addition to this, vitamin C can even be stored in a fridge which will stop the vitamins from breaking down or oxygenizing which results in a compromised formula.
Skincare habits that worsen acne
Acne is the bane of many people’s existence. In this Instagram generation, a bad acne day could be forever immortalized on Instagram. If you’ve been doing everything that you can think of to treat your acne but are still seeing new breakouts, it might be time to examine your habits to see if there’s anything you’re doing unconsciously that’s making your acne worse.
1. Opting for a new treatment regularly – Different treatment can clash together and cause skin irritation which will make your skin prone to breakouts. Instead of giving up when you don’t see results, give your acne treatment time to work. A reasonable amount of time for a product to work is 6 to 8 weeks. If you still don’t see any improvement after that long, try another product. You should know that complete acne clearing usually takes 3 to 4 months.
2. Applying the medication to the affected spot only – Common sense dictates that you should treat just what you see. However, this approach could be doing more harm than good by failing to prevent new breakouts. The best way to go about solving the problem is to apply a thin layer of acne medication evenly over the areas of your skin which are prone to acne.
3. Using products which are notorious for causing acne – It’s no secret that there are certain products which can cause acne breakouts. These products could be anything from makeup to skincare to hair care and so on. To avoid this, make sure you use products which are labeled “non-comedogenic” or “won’t clog pores” These products have been designed to not cause breakouts in people.
4. Sharing makeup as well as makeup brushes and makeup applicators – As a child, we were told sharing is caring. However, sharing shouldn’t extend to makeup. This is because sharing makeup can cause blemishes. While acne isn’t contagious, sharing makeup brushes, applicators and so on exposes your skin to acne-causing bacteria, oil, and dead skin cells. All of these can clog your pores which can cause breakouts.
5. Sleeping in makeup – It’s hard to remove makeup after a tiring day or a night of hard partying. However, removing makeup before going to bed should be a priority without exception. Failure to do so is like asking the acne gods to bestow acne on you. It’s not a good idea.
6. Washing your face too many times – It’s hard to shake off the feeling that an extra face wash will do wonders for your skin. However, too much of a good thing can quickly turn into a bad thing. Breakouts can be caused by irritation to the skin which can be caused by washing your face multiple times during the day.
7. Drying your skin – Oily skin immediately makes you want to dry your skin. However, dry skin usually becomes irritated skin quite quickly. A common theme you must have noticed by now is that irritating your skin carries the risk of causing acne. What you can do is apply a moisturizer to your skin twice a day after washing your face. This will stop you from getting oily skin.
There are plenty of other mistakes that people make with regard to their skincare which causes acne and a whole host of other issues. Blaming skincare products isn’t fair when you don’t take the time to step back and evaluate your habits. The first step to solving your skincare troubles is to examine what you do throughout a typical week. Carefully considering each thing you do might lead you to discover what’s causing your skincare products to fail.
If you’re genuinely convinced that there’s nothing that you’re doing that making your skincare products fail and that you’re an outside case, it might be a good idea to either switch skincare products or see a dermatologist. The dermatologist will be able to analyze your particular situation and give you advice on how to go about solving your issues.