It’s the traumatic tale any beauty lover knows all too well. There you are in your bathroom, just minding your own business as you layer on serum from your perfectly curated skincare line-up when suddenly, your face begins to pill like an old cashmere jumper.
And while the prospect of having to wash our faces and start all over again might be enough to reduce us to tears (no one?… Just us?), we urge you not to give up hope. Because despite what you may believe, it isn’t the result of a dose of bad karma.
In fact, there are a few more logical explanations as to why your products aren’t absorbing into your skin.
What causes pilling?
Pilling may often result due to how the products you’re using are formulated and how they react with one another. pilling occurs when “using products with a high concentration of silicones and an unhappy mixing of oil-rich products with water-based creams”.
And while half the fun of picking your beauty products is incorporating different brands, Another major factor, which we think may be the biggest culprit of all, is the use of “too much product and applying it too rapidly”.
… and what does SPF have to say for itself?
It seems a common occurrence that once SPF enters the room, the pilling party really starts. So as arguably the most important step of our whole routine, we need some answers.
“by the time we hit the sunscreen application part of our routine, many of us have layered on a few serums, moisturizers, and primers”. On top of the issue of too much product, “sunscreen also tends to contain certain ingredients like talc, iron oxide and mica that are prone to pilling”.
OK – so how do we avoid the dreaded P word?
Here are five (5) tips:
Less is more with serums and creams
Know how to layer your products. Start with water-based serums that should penetrate the skin first such as niacinamide and moisturize after to lock the active serums in
Pat the skin, don’t rub
Allow time for each layer to dry and absorb before applying the next
Minimize silicone or dimethicone rich primers, moisturizers, or makeup
In case of emergency, what can we do if we begin to pill?
If your pilling begins during the skincare stage, sorry to tell you but it’s back to the beginning, “cleanse with a micellar water or a lipid-rich cleanser as these pilled balls are inactivated and inefficacious”, which essentially means that once a product becomes pilled it’s now useless to your skin defense and health.
However, if you’ve made it all the way to your makeup, Moreover on occasion “a drop of face oil dabbed with a blending sponge salvages the situation”.