Skincare products, there are so many choices and when you’ve found the routine that you believe is right for you, it’s hard to embrace change. 

Whilst having a reliable skin-care routine can be comforting and reliable in many ways, it doesn’t last forever. 

After years of experimenting it can be hard to part with tried and tested skin care products but sometimes it’s necessary if you’re overlooking the negative impacts the products are having on your skin. As the New Year has begun, even more reason to put your skin first and adapt a new routine.

Glo Skin Beauty UK have put together 7 signs that all indicate a change is required in your skincare regime starting in 2020.

1) Lack of results
Skincare is ultimately made to see a big improvement in your overall skin health. Everyone’s version of improvement can look different but either way your own personal goal should be achieved if you have the right products and routine. The amount of time it takes to see the results does depend on what issue you’re wishing to treat or the desired look you aim to have. Based on expert opinions they recommended committing anywhere from 6 to 12 weeks to see if your new routine improves your skin and if the treatment is making a positive difference to your complexion.

2) You desire a new look
As the barefaced look is still a hot trend, you may wish to achieve the dewy and fresh glow look. If you want to ditch your usual radiance enhancing serums in favour of a matte and poreless face, then there are ways you can achieve this. If it’s dewy skin or glass skin you desire, there are ways you can switch things up and add a little fun to your routine. Try adding in a shimmering moisturiser which give you that instant glow whilst keeping your skin supple.

3) Breakouts
Waking up to see pimples on your face is a nightmare, especially when they appear out of nowhere. It can become increasingly frustrating to experience breakouts especially when there hasn’t been a change in your routine – that is the problem and your pimples are the warning signs! The more you use products with hydroxy acids and retinoids the more you increase cell turnover. This creates skin purging which brings pre-existing microcomedones to the surface which in turn create whiteheads, blackheads, papules, pustules and cysts. If your breakouts tend to be appearing in new areas every time, then it’s time to try something new.

4) Too oily
If your skin doesn’t have that shiny dewy look but instead a wet shine, this indicates that there are problems with the products you use. By over-using products such as exfoliators and cleansers you are causing excess oiliness to build up in your skin and create the wet interface. When you cleanse your face in the evening this is to remove dirt, oil and makeup but whilst you sleep, the oils that your skin produces are hydrating and balancing so they shouldn’t be washed away in the mornings with excessive exfoliating and cleansing. It is a common myth that those with an oily complexion should avoid moisturisers. This is untrue as your skin will overcompensate for the loss of hydration which leads to breakouts and uneven skin texture.

5) Increased discoloration including redness
Redness is not at the top of anyone’s goals when constructing your routine. If you’re noticing some sort of discoloration, either in large or small amounts, you might want to become more conscious about your current skincare habits. Things such as washing your face with hot water or applying acne medication to a fresh pimple can cause redness. If your redness has already made an impact on your skin, you should invest in a clinical corrector.

6) Too dry
Dry patches are a common sign of skin dehydration, especially in the winter months. They are commonly flaky which means they’re tough to cover with makeup and indicate that your products contain the wrong ingredients. If you do experience dryness it has been noted to avoid the following ingredients: retinoids, benzoyl peroxide, alcohol, salicylic acid, fragrances and preservatives.

7) Your makeup isn’t lasting long
If you find that your foundation is beginning to slide before midday, then it is likely that your skincare isn’t doing its job properly. If you have oily skin, then you need to find a moisturiser that is balancing and a mattifying primer to get you through the day. Mattifying Perfector Face Primer SPF 20 from Colorescience UK controls shine and blurs imperfections of acne-prone skin alongside SPF which helps to absorb oil and primes your skin in a soft universal nude shade. Dry skin sufferers should invest in a rich moisturiser to keep skin hydrated and avoid the annoying dry patches which makes your makeup slide off.