Hi! I think you could try reducing the irritancy of your routine - it is quite high because of the concentrated actives you are using (retinol, niacinamide) + essential oils in your retinoid serum. Also, I'd add sun protection for the AM.
Here are a few steps you can take (and you can go for all of them!):
- only wash your face with the cleanser in the PM
- stop the caffeine solution serum (it's not too beneficial for your skin concern, and it adds to the routine irritancy)
- use a sunscreen with niacinamide on top or instead of the Squalane & Omega repair cream (and drop the 10% niacinamide serum) - smth like https://whatsinmyjar.com/product/skinmedica-total-defense-repair-spf-34 or https://whatsinmyjar.com/product/isntree-hyaluronic-acid-watery-sun-gel or https://whatsinmyjar.com/product/2-fl-oz-broad-spectrum-spf-45
- swap your current retinoid serum for a simpler formulation, for example: https://whatsinmyjar.com/product/cerave-skin-renewing-retinol-face-cream-serum-for-fine-lines-and-wrinkles or https://whatsinmyjar.com/product/honest-beauty-honestly-pure-retinol-serum
Hope this helps!
Thank you very much! But I’m using the caffeine solution for my eyes. I’ll definitely do that, even though I barely see the sun on winter 😢 Have a lovely day and take care!
Last question, sorry to bother. So using too many products is counterproductive?
Yes, less is more with skincare. When we use too many products and active & irritating ingredients, we literally stress our skin defences. It goes into a "high alert" mode and becomes prone to inflammation and dryness. Increased inflammation also often contributes to acne. So the best strategy it to minimize the number of products - while going for a few effective actives that target your specific concern (for example, retinoid for your skin), good moisturization and sun protection
Thank you very much. I’ll keep that in mind for sure. ☺️