You should avoid adaptation as much as possible. Adaptation is a phenomenon in which the skin becomes less sensitive to stimuli over time, which means that you may need to increase the intensity of your products or switch them up entirely if you want to get the same results. The best way to avoid adaptation is by swapping out products every few weeks.
Targeting different needs
As you get older, your skin care needs change. For example, if you're in your 20s and have oily or combination skin that breaks out easily, it's important to use a moisturizer with salicylic acid to help prevent breakouts. However, once you hit 30 or so and start experiencing dryness around the eyes and mouth area, which is especially common during colder months, it's time for something different, a rich cream or balm may be more beneficial for those areas than an oil-free lotion would be.
As the seasons change, so does the temperature, which can affect your skin. A change in temperature can cause dryness and flaking on the surface of your skin. If you notice this happening to you, try using a hydrating moisturizer that can help keep moisture locked into the outer layer of your epidermis, the top layer of skin. Even though you should always wear a product with SPF on your face, make sure to really incorporate this into your skincare routine during the summer months so you don't risk getting sun burned.
Preventing product fatigue
Product fatigue is a real thing. When we use the same products over and over again, our skin can get used to them and stop responding as well as it should. This means that your skin care routine may not be as effective as it once was, which can lead to serious issues like breakouts or irritation.
To prevent product fatigue from happening in the first place, try switching up your routine every few weeks, or even months. For instance if you're using cleanser and moisturizer A one week, then try switching to cleanser and moisturizer B the next, and then back again, this will help keep your skin on its toes! This helps ensure that no matter how long you've been using something, you can still keep using your favourite products without risking product fatigue.
Cater to age and lifestyle
In order to cater to your skin's specific needs, it's important to consider how age and lifestyle affect it.
As we age, our bodies experience changes that affect the way our skin looks and behaves. For example, our collagen production decreases over time, causing our skin to lose its elasticity and become thinner. This can make us more prone to wrinkles and dryness as well as other signs of premature aging like fine lines or sagging skin. So as you're ageing it's important to add collagen products to your skin care routine, such as collagen powder and skin care products with collagen and/or hyaluronic acid.
We hope this post has given you some insight into switching up your skin care routine. It's easy to get stuck in a rut and keep using the same products over and over again, but it's important to try new things and switch it up so that your skin doesn't get used to the products!