When you see the residual effects of these skin stressors that change your appearance, “it’s very common for people to start looking into their skincare, and feel you have to take extreme anti-aging measures. Because those measures are available right now, they are appealing,” Wood says. Not to mention, those measures often promise immediate results.
Ultimately, Wood says, you’ll be better served if you simply get back in touch with your skin—and back to the basics of what makes you feel like you. “If I don’t recognize myself and I’m feeling like I look a little more aged or just not my radiant self, I usually can be like, OK, well what makes me feel like me? What makes me feel like my radiant self? And skincare is a part of that—but I usually need to go and address some aspect of my life.”