It is easy to blame aging, stress, hormones, and changes in weather when your skin is not in great condition. While all these things can negatively affect the way you look, the problem may also be due to the things you put on your face. This is especially true if you never update your skincare routine or address the changing needs of your skin.


We understand that change is hard. But if your products are no longer giving your skin what it truly needs, it is time to part ways with them. Read on and learn the signs you need to update or change your current skincare routine.

Noticeably drier skin

It may be the time to evaluate what you’re using if you notice dry patches and flakiness on your skin. Replace or avoid products containing alcohol, acids, retinoid, and fragrances. Switch to gentle and hydrating products with moisturizing ingredients like ceramides and hyaluronic acid.

One good recommendation is Dr. Sylvia’s Hyaluronic Moisturizer. This lightweight cream increases skin’s smoothness and helps reduce wrinkle formation. It also contains kojic acid, Vitamin C, niacinamide, and peptide, which help brighten the skin.

Do take note that excessive dryness can also be due to over-cleansing and over-exfoliation. Both habits strip your skin of its natural moisture, resulting in dryness, irritation, and even pigmentation. 

Too oily skin

Oiliness can be frustrating to deal with, especially when accompanied with acne and other blemishes. Products containing harsh ingredients, as well as habits like excessive cleansing and over-exfoliation can over-dry your skin. This then prompts the sebaceous glands to produce more oil, compensating for the dryness. 

If you’re battling with excess oil, skincare products with clay and salicylic acid are beneficial.  Be sure not to skip moisturizing, as all skin types need moisture. Just be sure to look for a lightweight, non-greasy formula, suitable for oily skin types.

Deep Hydrating Moisturizer from Dr. Sylvia Skin Care is one good option. This strengthens and re-hydrates the skin without using oil-based ingredients. It can also restore moisture without clogging your pores.

Constant breakouts

If you’re constantly breaking out or having zits in areas where you don’t usually break out, your skincare products may be the culprit. If this is the case for you, it is advisable to discontinue using the product, as it is obvious that is not going along well with your skin.

Do take note, however, that some of the products designed to treat acne can result in more breakouts (purging). They speed up cell turnover, prompting all types of pimples, including white/blackheads, pustules, papules, and cysts. Dryness, peeling, flaking, and redness are also common side effects.

Purging can last between four and six weeks, but there are cases where it can be longer. Consulting a skin specialist will let you know what you expect, especially if your purge carries on for a few months. 

Skin redness and irritation

Extreme redness could be an indication that your skincare products contain harsh ingredients. There are also cases, however, where redness may be due to your genes, having sensitive skin, or excessive cleansing and exfoliation. 

Apart from switching to gentle and hydrating products, you should also mind your skincare habits. Be sure to take it easy on washing your face and avoid scrubbing your skin when exfoliating. You can benefit from seeing an aesthetic doctor to determine which exfoliation method is right for you. 

Stinging or itching

Unpleasant sensations such as pain, itchiness, and stinging are another immediate signs that you need to reboot your skincare. This is also the reason why you need to patch test every new product before making it a part of your routine. You can also benefit from reading labels to check for potential allergens.

Do take note that the skin can also sting, itch, and appear inflamed with over-cleansing and over-exfoliation. The same is also true for using products that contain acids or retinoid. This makes it important to start slow (using the product 2 to 3 times a week) to find out how your skin will react to it. 

Update your skincare routine to accommodate your skin’s changing needs. To learn more about skincare products and aesthetic treatments for better skin, contact Cutis Laser Clinics in Singapore today