5 Reasons why your skincare does not work

You’ve watched a lot of skincare routine videos on YouTube, read a lot of skincare articles on the web, bought a ton of skincare products but nothing seems to be working. If anything, your skin quality is worse than before you started this crazy skincare journey. Then you ask yourself “why your skincare does not work”?. Argh. Frustrating right?

You don’t quite understand what you’re doing wrong or what you should even be doing at all. Well, don’t worry because your skin is yours. It’s different from those beauty YouTubers or from beauty bloggers who are writing about their routine.

What works for them may not work for you.

However, there could be some things that you are not doing right. In this article, we’ll take a look at the 5 possible reasons why your skincare routine is not doing what it should.

1. You are Changing your Skincare too quickly

If you’re one of those girls who try a skincare product for one to three days and then decide to try another product—STOP!

Let your skin breathe. One to three days is not enough to determine if the Skincare products that you are currently trying out are working. And probably you’re using different brands with ingredients that reduce the efficacy of each other.

Moreover, your previous skincare product may leave a residue on your skin. This residue may interact with the new product that you are introducing and form a negative reaction.

This counter interaction of the components of your new and old products may cause breakouts or rough and dry skin.

2. You don’t have a regular regimen

Washing with soap is not enough because it does not get rid of deep-seated dirt, dead skin cells, and excess sebum. If you want to thoroughly cleanse your face, you need to follow a skincare routine.

Your skincare routine is a ROUTINE for a reason. You’re supposed to commit to one regularly and do the steps every day morning and night.

While having a “routine” may be difficult to upkeep for some, especially if you have a busy schedule, it will certainly ensure your skin gets the proper nutrition and care it needs to reach its fullest potential.

It is ideal to follow the 5 essential steps of your skincare routine. But at the very least, follow this 3-step routine which includes cleansing, toning, and moisturizing. All three steps are necessary for clean, balanced, and hydrated skin.

3. You still use body soap on your face

There is a reason why “BODY” soap is called body soap. It’s meant to be used for your body, not for your face.

Body soaps are made of surfactants or saponified oils designed to clean your body. For the body, they’re excellent soaps but for the face, not so much.

The harsh surfactants will drain out the natural sebum that is within the skin of your face. This natural sebum serves as your natural moisturizer and skin protector.

That’s what cleansers are for: to clean your face. Invest in a good quality cleanser instead of using body soap for your face.


There is a reason why “BODY” soap is called body soap. It’s meant to be used for your body, not for your face.

4. You use products that reduce the effectiveness of the other

Most Skincare product ingredients are actually effective together. However, there are those ingredients that when used together may form contradicting effects.

  • Skincare products that have retinol shouldn’t be used with other skincare products that have AHA like glycolic acid. The interaction of these ingredients will result in dry, irritated skin.
  • Vitamin C is an antioxidant that helps repair skin cells. However, you should not mix products containing AHA and BHA because these are also acids which cause the upper layer of your skin to exfoliate. So never use astringent while applying products with Vitamin C or else it will dry your skin greatly and upset your skin’s pH levels.
  • Vitamin C mixed with any product with Niacinamide is also a no-no. Under some circumstances, Niacinamide and Vitamin C may react negatively to each other. If this happens, it can cause breakout and drying.
  • The Salicylic acid found in exfoliating creams and anti-acne skin care shouldn’t be used with retinol (anti-aging) as this will lead to sore and itchy skin.

These are the skincare product ingredients that you definitely shouldn’t mix together.

5. You don’t have a beauty consultant who understands what your skin needs

It’s essential to have a beauty consultant who knows what you need and want for your skin so that she can recommend products that will give you those effects.

If you need more moisture because you have pretty dry skin, but your consultant keeps on insisting on focusing on cleansing instead of moisturizing, that’s probably not a good sign.

For one, you may discuss your concerns with your current consultant so that you both can implement a new beauty regime that addresses your needs. If your consultant insists on going the other way even after discussion, it’s probably the time to look for a new one.

If you don’t have a beauty consultant yet, feel free to send me a message so we can discuss your skincare plan and start something beautiful!

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