How To Properly Switch-Out Skincare Products For Your New Year, New Me Beauty Routine

2021 is here and what better way to start anew. With skincare, why not have a cleanse and freshen up your beauty routine. Here we learn how to switch out products in your routine without breaking you out.

Related: These 2020 Beauty Trends Are Being Replaced In The New Year

Our New Year’s resolutions list can include beauty resolutions as well, especially when we’ve all really gotten into skincare during quarantine. Along that road, we may have picked up a few bad habits, such as hoarding too many products and hitting “add to cart” to skincare that may not be the best for our skin. But a new year signifies a new start, meaning a refresh in routines, rules, and approaches.

Here are our top tips and recommendations to hit refresh to your beauty routine.

Start With A Cabinet Cleanse

To make way for the new and let go of excess baggage, the simple and fastest way to improve your skincare is to give your bathroom cabinet an update. To start, don’t go throwing out each one just to buy more, because you’ll end up creating unnecessary waste. Keep those that you have been using on a daily and you’ve had a good reaction, too.

Double-check their expiration and Period After Opening (PAO) dates which most packaging has. You can also pay attention to their consistencies, color, and texture to check if they’re still usable. The same rule applies, if there are any products that you can’t remember buying or haven’t opened for months now, it’s most likely you won’t be using them anytime soon. Recycle it or give it out to friends who will most likely appreciate it and use it before it expires.

Find Out What Skincare Concern You Want To Target

Our skincare concerns are constantly changing and evolving, so tailoring your skincare routine to a specific concern can yield faster and better results. By doing so, you’ll create a routine with products that work better together and won’t cancel each other out. An example is Bio-Science Philippines’ tailored anti-aging routine for Asian women and skin. It targets concerns such as premature aging, blemishes, dark spots, and dry skin.

Their 3-step-anti-aging routine includes their Bio-Water Foamy Cleanser with hyaluronic acid and aloe vera to hydrate and protect your skin barrier; Bio-Gold Water which is a serum and toner in one that looks luxurious as it feels with a 24k gold formula that moisturizers and tightens your pores; and lastly, their Bio-Water Energizing Water Face Mist to lock it all in. It’s formulated with niacinamide as its active ingredient to regulate oil and sebum production. It’s a hypo-allergenic and fragrance-free face mist that’s perfect to have handy in your bag to refresh your skin and prevent maskne.

Learn More About Skincare Products

It’s still highly recommended to see a dermatologist or professional about any skin concerns. However, prevention is always better than cure, so having basic knowledge yourself is best. A YouTuber being loved right now by skincare enthusiasts is Hyram Yarbo or Skincare by Hyram on YouTube. He makes it clear that he has no professional background in the dermatology industry, but his well-researched and honest opinions on skincare is what makes him trusted. He lives by the philosophy, “the ingredients don’t lie,” and that all skincare users must understand the ingredients list before adding it into their routine. Watching his videos is a entertaining way to gain more knowledge about your products and to know which ones to avoid.

Do A Patch Test

Testing the waters is the better option when it comes to skincare. Try to conduct a patch test for compatibility first before fully committing to any product. Gradually introduce new products to your routine as well by switching out one product and a time. Flooding your skin with too many new ingredients will make it harder to pinpoint which ones are causing you breakouts.

The side of the neck is a good point to do it on since it’s comparable to the skin on your face. It’s thinner and generally more reactive. Negative reactions can feel itchy or show up as a red rash. Afterward, use products for at least a month before checking if it’s truly works for you.

Opt for Lighter Formulas

Living in a tropical country, the cold days of the –ber months easily go by once the new year rolls in. It’s time to switch back to some light layers to fit our routines to our current weather. Get a head start on summer by trading in your rich moisturizer for something more hydrating than heavily moisturizing. Look for Humectants in the ingredients lists such as hyaluronic acid, glycerin, and aloe. These are ingredients that work best to hold onto water and attract moisture to the skin.

A humidity-friendly moisturizer we can recommend is the improved Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Oil-Free Gel Cream. It’s fast-absorbing and residue-free formula effectively cools the skin so you can have a fresh face even when you’re spending your days under the sun and on the beach. Formulated with Glacial Glycoprotein, it protects and hydrates the skin by retaining your natural moisture reserves while its Micronized Amino Acid regulates the skin’s excess oil production – suitable even for those experiencing maskne from sweating under the mask.

Starting January 20th, 2020, buy two 50ml jars of the Ultra Facial Oil-Free Gel Cream for just P3330 and receive a limited-edition pouch and tote bag. For more information on their latest products, visit Kiehl’s Philippines on Facebook, and online at

Bio-Science Philippines is available at Watsons and SM Departmental Stores,   BeautyMNL, ShopeePH, and LazadaPH. For more updates and skincare tips, follow Bio-Science Philippines on Instagram, Facebook, and YouTube.

Download this month's MEGA digital copy from:
Order your print copy of this month's MEGA Magazine:
Subscribe via [email protected]