From over-exposure to sunshine to one too many glasses of wine, we all know it’s possible to have too much of a good thing. But does the same apply to your skincare products? The answer is Yes, folks. More isn’t always merrier in skincare!
Chances are, at some point in your life, you have overdone it on the active skincare ingredients. Guilty of nothing but the pursuit of more even-toned, luminous skin, like kids in a candy shop we pile on multiple products in the hope that they work effectively and quickly. But actually, this overly complicated approach can cause redness, rashes, acne, peeling, and dryness – to name just a few side effects. This is why the latest beauty buzzword, “Skin microdosing” is gaining popularity right now. But does this much-talked-about trend live up to its hype? And is it really worth going cold turkey? Let’s find out! Keep scrolling for a lengthy lowdown on skin microdosing.
Chances are you’ve already heard of microdosing. The much-talked-about concept isn’t new but it is wildly popular. The controversial practice involves taking crumb-size amounts of psychedelics to improve mental health and focus. It turns out that our skin-care routine can benefit from a similar less-is-more approach – albeit, with acids, purely of the alpha hydroxy kind. Over the years, we have observed an increase in skincare actives such as vitamin C, retinol, and AHAs/BHAs, which are available over-the-counter in higher concentrations. The use of multiple actives on the same day over a period of time can lead to skin changes and allergies.
Redness, rashes, and peeling are some of the most common symptoms of hyper-sensitised skin, which has been caused due to overexposure to too many skincare ingredients. This is where skin microdosing comes into the picture since it acts as a saviour for stressed skin. It basically involves introducing smaller amounts of skincare products in lower concentrations to your everyday skincare routine. This helps give the skin time to adapt to it and start showing results. Ahead, find a detailed guide on how and why to introduce microdosing to your skincare regimen and which ingredients to begin with.
The payoff for making the switch is manifested in sustained results over a lengthy period of time as opposed to a quick, one-time effect. The fad is suitable for all skin types. There’s no one-size-fits-all but the less-is-more approach is beneficial for everyone using skincare. Microdosing helps the skin become more stable, less reactive, and less irritated. The benefits of using skincare actives will be much more prominent in the long run, leading to glowing, healthy skin. While everyone can hop on the trend wagon, it’s especially beneficial for folks with dry, sensitive skin.
For folks looking to reap the benefits of skin microdosing in the long haul, we recommend opting for microdosing every time you introduce new skincare actives to your routine. This prevents the skin from getting overwhelmed by the sudden descent of multiple, highly concentrated actives.
As a rule of thumb, it’s best to choose a lower percentage of active ingredients. For example, it’s advisable to choose a retinol product with 0.1 to 0.3 percent of concentration, around 0.10 percent of Vitamin C and AHAs between 0.5 to 0.10 perfect. Introduce a lower concentration of actives one or twice a week, then gradually increase to daily application. It’s recommended to avoid applying two actives at the same time.
The ideal ingredients for skin microdosing include the ones that are acidic and have the potential to cause irritation. Vitamin C, retinol, and AHAs like glycolic acid and lactic acid are a few of them.
This less-is-more approach to skincare will only bring good things. But remember, to not keep the good guys from doing their job. Yup, we’re talking about sunscreens and moisturisers. Keep your skin hydrated and protected to amplify the effects of skincare actives!
It’s glow time!
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