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10 compelling reasons to ditch your skincare routine

Updated: Jan 11

We all get stuck in a rut sometimes. Having any kind of a routine can leave us feeling bogged down and chained to a set pattern of actions. Skincare is no different.

If you are tired of using the same old products, at the same time, day-in and day-out, it is time to take stock.

Ditching your current skincare routine could be the best thing you have done this year.

Why? For a myriad of reasons!

Here, we explain the top 10 reasons for saying goodbye to certain products or even an entire regimen.

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1. Your Skincare Routine Isn't Working

This is, without doubt, the best reason for quitting your current regimen. It could be that you have been using the same products for years and not noticed that your skin concerns or needs have changed. For example, just by ageing the skin requires more hydration. You may have developed hyperpigmentation or fine lines that your existing products are not designed to tackle.

Take a long, hard look in the mirror and decide what concerns you want to eliminate from your face - then swap products in your routine with ones designed to work on your skin. Many major beauty retailers now list products by skin type or concern, so it shouldn't be too difficult to make the change.

Look to replace your toner, serum and moisturiser.

2. Favourite Products Cost Too Much

We have all been tempted to splash the cash on premium skincare brands at one time or another. But sticking to a particular make of product can be a real challenge when our financial situation changes.

As the cost of living rises, many of us will have to make sacrifices. Skincare 'downgrades' are likely to be high on the list for those faced with rising energy and food costs.

The good thing is, cheaper doesn't always mean poor-performing. There are lots of inexpensive skincare brands really making a name for themselves at the moment. And they don't just sell run-of-the-mill moisturisers. Revolution Skincare, Barry M and even some own brand products are cutting it when put to the test. In fact, consumers can now get their hands on everything from retinol serums to clarifying pink clay for real bargain basement prices. Check out Boots own 'glow' range - it includes a pineapple gel moisturiser that currently costs just £4!

Take a look at what's out there - you may be surprised. And, remember, a lot of expensive products use ingredients designed to make them feel luxurious on the skin but don't actually have any skincare benefits.

skincare regimen isn't working

3. You Love A Product That Is Hard To Find

Searching for a product online can be time-consuming, not to mention infuriating, if it is constantly going out of stock. Having to rely on lesser-known outlets or being kept waiting days, if not weeks, for a skincare essential to arrive is literally a waste of time.

It is worth using products that are available locally as well as online so you never completely run out. Having the convenience of both options will serve you well.

Some up-and-coming skincare brands that started online now have a presence on the high street. Revolution is just one.

When choosing new products, make sure they are going to be around for a while. Some medium to large brands release limited edition or seasonal products. Ideally, to address a concern, you need to have enough product to last three months to reap the full benefits. Stay away from products that are in limited supply the very day you 'discover' them.

If you are not sure, contact a brand directly or seek assistance in-store.

4. You Need To Address A Particular Skin Concern

This is a no-brainer. Stop using your current products and find ones suitable for your skin. If what you are using now isn't tackling the problem, it never will.

5. Your Regimen Is Too Time Consuming

Nobody has got all day or half the night to complete a long-winded skincare routine. Seven to 15-step Korean regimens are so yesterday.

Get back to basics - cleanse, tone and moisturise. Pop in a serum before moisturising if you have mature or dry skin.

Aim for a skincare routine that takes five minutes to complete.

The longer your routine, the less likely you are to stick to it.

effective skincare ingredients

6. Products Are Not Vegan

If your ethics have changed and you want to ensure the skincare products you use are either vegan or cruelty-free - or both - don't fret. You will be surprised at how many now fit your criteria.

Ditch what you have got and start again.

If cash is an issue, replace items gradually - as they run out. Always check that products are certified vegan or cruelty free. PETA certifies some beauty products and so does Leaping Bunny and Vegan Org.

7. You Are Worried About Use Of Plastic

Packaging has been a mainstay and real issue in the beauty sector for decades. But things are changing. New and innovative packaging is being developed all the time and many major brands now sell skincare essentials in either glass or fully recyclable plastic.

Check labels before purchasing.

8. Creams And Serums No Longer Make You Feel Good

Our skin can get used to products, if they are used all the time. A change is as good as a rest - especially if you feel 'stuck' or down about your routine.

Why not swap a moisturising cream for a gel or use a light Vitamin C serum instead of a facial oil?

Some brands now offer 'shakes' which include several premium ingredients and also make your skin feel fresh and revived.

Make skincare fun again - organise a girls' night in and try out some new face masks.

fun face masks

9. You Feel You Need To Be Doing More

If you aren't convinced the steps you are taking to look after your skin are doing you any favours, it's time to move on. Skincare is about more than taking care of your looks, it is about the ritual, the daily unwinding or prep for the day.

Invest in products that will ensure you feel you are doing your best. If you want to try something new, a skincare set is a good idea. As well as introducing you to new products, a kit will enable you to establish a new regimen quickly and easily.

If you just want to add a product, consider using a skin tonic or hydrating serum mist.

10. Skincare Is A Hassle

If you are finding it tough to stick to a routine, it's not the right regimen for you. Skincare should be enjoyable and relaxing. If it has turned into a faff, ditch it right now.

Look at how many steps are in your routine and cut it down to three or four. Keep it simple. The longer you stick to a routine, the more benefits you will get out of it.

Final Word - Never Panic About Skincare

It is not worth losing sleep over a skincare routine. We all get down days, the odd pimple or patch of dry skin. Take a deep breath, consign your current skincare routine to the bin and try something new.

What have you got to lose?


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