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On Skin Care – Why It’s Not Working!

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Ever had to use a product because the ingredients scream perfection, but it does not work for you and you just cannot figure out why? You feel like your skin has become somewhat immune to them.

Well, there are definitely reasons why. Let’s start with the obvious, shall we?


Not for your skin type

There are very many types of skin. There is the normal, oily, dry, combination and sensitive. You need to find out from a dermatologist, take a skin patch test, find out the do’s and don’ts of your skin and care for it accordingly. And if you have been using these products for a very long time and they’ve suddenly stopped working, then you need to understand that your skin changes as you age. Hormonal changes just might be a factor as to why your trusted product doesn’t work for you any longer.

Because of these, you might need to include new ingredients to your products.

You apply too much

Except you are layering for hydration, there are dangers to applying too many products on your face and applying too much of the one product at once. Just because there are very many products all with their promising results, beautiful bottles and attractive ingredients does not mean you should apply them all. Over exfoliating can cause redness and worsen the skin.

Also, you have to consider the combination of each product you are using. These products all have their active ingredients and most of these ingredients should not go together at the same time. Retinol does not work well with Vitamin C. When you find your skin greasy, sticky and supposedly glowing, just know you have either applied too many products at once or a combination of the wrong products. There is such a thing as a clogged pore and your skin could definitely age faster and there will be little or nothing to do to fix it.


Worrying and stress can cause or aggravate skin problems. Instead of hoping to see the changes immediately, waiting by your mirror for seconds after application, just be calm and let these products work their magic in a healthy, welcoming, and calm environment.

Season, Weather and Environment: Just like we have a suiting outfit for every weather, season and environment, your skin will be subjected to that same treatment. As such, the product you use during the hot season is not the same as the one you’ll use in the dry season. You need a lot of different products for each weather and season. And no, you need not throw that product out, just get one to suit each weather.

Your metabolism

Metabolism affects your skin because the skin has its own metabolism. “Skin metabolism refers to the biological processes that occur amongst the epidermal and dermal cells to regulate the rate of cell turnover, collagen production, and repair any damage that occurs due to UV light or ageing,” Dr Neil Sadick, a dermatologist with Sadick Dermatology, tells The Zoe Report. “And just like its famous calorie-burning counterpart, skin metabolism slows with age, too. You know when you’ve been using a skincare product for years and one day it seems like it just… stops working? Your metabolism is likely to blame.” Talk to your dermatologist today on helpful ways to get your metabolism going.

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You’re probably dirty

Going to bed with your makeup on is not even a definition of you being dirty. What does your pillow look like? What does your bed smell like? Your towel and your bed covers, what do they say about you? If they could talk, would they have good things to say? Check those now and make it a habit to change your pillows if you have been using it for years. Change your toothbrush, sponge, your pillow and air out your mattress while you’re at it. If you live in an apartment building and can’t get your mattress into the sun, you could just take out all beddings, leave your mattress open for your fan to work on it OR you could just vacuum it. There are ways you could clean and deodorize your mattress.


With the heatwave that threatens to burn our skins, it is essential to get a really good sunscreen. Sunscreen helps to keep your skin shielded from the sun’s harmful ultraviolet rays. However, as with all things too, much of it could damage your skin so use it in moderation or invest in a hat, face cap or sunglasses.

Your diet

What you eat exudes from your skin and your entire body. Yes, good food helps with how your body smells. Most of the skin conditions you have might just be effects of a poor diet. Start eating healthy, drink lots of water, take lots of fruits and watch your skin glow.

Get a dermatologist now to get you started on a healthy journey to great healthy skin.

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Micah Emem EssienSkin Care
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