Actives, otherwise known as active ingredients, are a skincare favourite because they can work wonders on specific concerns, and who doesn’t love results? Too much of a good thing isn’t always a good thing though. Here’s why you should avoid overusing actives and how to soothe skin if you have.

Why should you avoid overusing actives?

  • Overuse of actives can damage the skin's natural barrier, making it more sensitive and further aggravate existing skin concerns
  • Discover which CeraVe products can be used to combat overuse of actives

What can happen if you use too many actives?

We all want our skincare to make a difference, so it’s not surprising that a lot of our products are packed with active ingredients. Overusing actives or combining too many can damage your skin barrier though, which is essential to your skin’s health. As its name suggests, it’s a protective layer that helps to protect your skin from UV damage and other environmental aggressors while also trapping in the moisture your skin needs. When it’s damaged, your skin may feel more sensitive, tight and dry. A weakened barrier can also aggravate skin concerns like rosacea, eczema and acne.

How to repair a damaged skin barrier

If you’ve been reaching for the retinol a little too much, you’ll want to restore your skin’s natural balance. Use a gentle, non-foaming cleanser or micellar water that removes dirt, oil and impurities from your skin’s surface without stripping it of essential oils.

Nourishing day creams and night creams can also help to replenish and repair your skin’s barrier. Layer on thicker hydrating creams at night to take advantage of your skin’s overnight recovery mode when it repairs damage caused during the day.

Don’t forget a layer of SPF too. This can help to keep your skin barrier protected and functioning prop

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