How to Restart Your Skin Care Routine After A Bad Reaction
Imagine this: After months and months of hard work - religiously sticking to your skin care routine and spending your hard-earned money on products- your skin’s finally in a really good place. Then you decide to introduce a new product you’re really excited to try in your routine, and all of a sudden everything’s going south. You look in the mirror and you’re staring at angry welts, rashes, and breakouts. In what seems like just a blink of an eye, you’re back to square one.
We know how frustrating that is. Trust us, this has happened more times than we’d like to admit. At this point, we’ve become experts in getting back that luscious, flawless, and glowing skin after a bad reaction and we’re going to tell you just how you can do that!
Step 1: Deal with the reaction first
First things first. In every skin care emergency, you’ll want to start with assessing the situation. How bad is the reaction? If it feels like your skin’s burning, swelling, or you’re developing blisters, it’s best to consult your dermatologist.
But if it’s minor redness, breakouts, and itching that you feel you can handle at home, then do these: Wash the product off your face with cold water, apply an over-the-counter topical to help with the irritation and take antihistamine.
Step 2: Take note of the product you used
Next, you’ll want to take note of the product you used, its ingredients, and list them down. Skin care products usually have over five ingredients and because of that, it’s really hard to narrow down which triggered your reaction.
Some common allergy triggers are emollients, fragrances, acids, and essential oils. But, it’s best to put on your detective hat and do the research. Chances are, you’re not the only one who had an allergic reaction to that product so you might come across someone who’s had the same reaction as you did.
Oh and make sure to use your recently gained knowledge next time you buy a new product!
Step 3: Let your skin rest and rejuvenate
We know that your instincts are to immediately go back to the routine that gave you picture perfect skin, but you have to LET YOUR SKIN REST! We cannot stress this enough! Proceeding with your skin care routine may do more harm than good at this stage so please let your skin breathe.
Stick to the trusty gentle facial cleanser and water. And while you’re at it, get as much shuteye as you can because your skin regenerates and repairs itself in your sleep. This step may take from three to four weeks, depending on your skin. So the best thing to do is to be patient.
Step 4: Finally, proceed to your skin care routine!
At last, the moment you have been waiting for has arrived! Once your skin feels normal again, you can go back to your regimen!
The road to your healthiest skin yet is not always easy but that’s why we’re here to help you out! Stay tuned on our website for more updates and tips!