Pilling: what is it and how to avoid it Pilling: what is it and how to avoid it

Pilling: what is it and how to avoid it

If you've ever felt your face turned into an old sweater when putting on your skincare or makeup products, then you know the struggle is real.

Sometimes, when you apply a product on your skin, you notice that little (but absolutely annoying) balls start to form. Sounds familiar? We thought so. This is something real and it is called skin pilling. Here's everything you need to know.

What is pilling?

What is pilling?

Pilling is something that happens when you rub a skincare or makeup product and it starts to form little balls. This is because the product is not being absorbed correctly into your skin, which can happen for many reasons from the type of ingredient, the amount applied, the other products you've applied beforehand, or the condition of your skin.

As skincare routines have more and more steps, pilling has become a very, very real problem.

How to prevent it?

How to avoid pilling?

The first step to prevent pilling from happening is exfoliating regularly. Keep in mind that the little balls that form are excess product, not dead skin. With the correct exfoliation, you get rid of this excess, preventing unabsorbed product accumulation. This, in turn, allows better absorption of the products you apply next.

It is also important to avoid using silicones, as they are probably the worst ingredient for pilling. Why? because their job is to stay on the surface of your skin to make it smoother, so they are basically never absorbed!

You should also avoid overworking the ingredients. The more you touch your skin, the more products start pilling. It goes without saying that rubbing your face is a big NO.

Keep in mind that the order in which you apply the products is also important. Layering compatible products will allow you to apply your whole routine without piling. Separate your oily-based products from your water-based products, or at least separate them as much as possible!

Tina Reese

Tina is an award-winning columnist and beauty editor. Passionate about all aspects of makeup and skincare, she spends her days trying out new launches and researching the ever-changing world of beauty trends. Follow Tina’s articles and you’ll always stay updated on who’s who and what’s what of the beauty industry.+ info

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