Many people have a consistent skin care routine that helps their face stay clear and healthy. But sometimes washing your face and using an organic moisturizer isn’t enough to keep your face clear of acne, redness, and dry skin. To help you take better care of your skin and make your routine more effective, here are five tips you can use to fight back against common skin care problems.

Don’t over-exfoliate

The average person has about 300 million skin cells and many of our skin cells die throughout the day. To help clear away dead skin cells and make way for new ones, many people exfoliate their faces as a part of their skin care routine throughout the week. However, if you over-exfoliate, you can end up causing your skin to dry out and become more acne-prone. So how do you know how often to exfoliate? It’s recommended only to exfoliate your face approximately three times a week. If you suffer from dry skin and redness, only exfoliate once a week.

Wear sunscreen

Many people only wear sunscreen when they’re going to the beach or when they know they’re going to be outdoors in the sun for a long period of time. However, the sun’s UV rays can affect your skin whether it’s cloudy or sunny outside. And while it may be cold during the winter months, the sun can still have a negative impact on your skin during the coldest time of the year. That said, make sure that you’re wearing sunscreen or at least foundation that has SPF.

Switch to eco-friendly cosmetics

You might want to think twice about the cosmetic products you’re using on your skin. Polyethylene is one of the most commonly used microplastics in cosmetic products like foundations, face powders, eyebrow pencils, mascara, eyeliners, and lipsticks. Polyethylene isn’t the same as polyvinyl chloride, which is the world’s third-most widely produced synthetic plastic polymer, and it’s considered safe in small quantities. But when used in large amounts, it can be toxic. To avoid chemicals in your cosmetics, consider making the switch to vegan, organic cosmetic products that are more eco-friendly and skin-friendly.

Use the right products for your skin type

It’s important that you don’t assume your skin type. You might think that you have oily skin because you’re prone to acne, but you might actually have dry skin. As a result, you might end up choosing the wrong types of products. You might use a light moisturizer when you actually need a thicker moisturizer like shea butter. Consider consulting your dermatologist about your skin type or taking the time to really evaluate what your skin is like. From there, you can get a better idea of the moisturizers and other products that work for you.

Seek out professional help for more advanced care

It can be tempting to DIY more advanced skin care regimens, but if you’re not careful you could end up severely damaging your skin. Chemical peels and other products aren’t always meant to be done alone. That said, if you’re thinking of more advanced skin care, seek out the professionals for a safer and more effective treatment. Certain treatments like spider vein treatment only take 45 minutes at a professional clinic and, unlike over the counter treatments, they’re customized to suit your individual characteristics.

It can be challenging to get your skin to stay clear, happy, and healthy. By following the tips above, you may be able to take a step in the right direction toward more effective skin care that works for you.