Trying to overhaul your skincare routine? Wondering how long it takes to see results after starting a new product or product line? Here are 5 tips to remember when you’re introducing new skincare products to your routine.
Tip #1 – Baby Steps
When you’re dealing with acne or problematic skin, it’s tempting to attack it full force with several new products containing active ingredients. However, if you take this approach, it becomes difficult to determine which product(s) in your new lineup are truly making a difference (or worse – causing a reaction).
Instead, incorporate new products one at a time, giving a least a few days of space before adding in another new product.
Tip #2 – Process Matters
It’s important to layer your skincare in the proper order so you don’t miss out on the benefits of certain products. As a general rule, think of your products from thinnest to thickest and then water soluble (water-based) to oil soluble (oil-based). I’ll break it down for you:
- Step 1: Cleanser
- Step 2: Toner / Essence / Mist
- Step 3: Serum
- Step 4: Lotion
- Step 5: Oil
For example, if you apply an oil before you apply your serum, the oil will act as a barrier and prevent your serum from penetrating your skin. And if your anti-aging serum can’t get past the oil, you won’t reap the benefits!
Tip #3 – Hormones Are Tricky
Be mindful and aware of the time of month you’re introducing new skincare products. Did you know that scientifically, a woman’s skin looks the healthiest and most glowy around the time she ovulates each month? (Fun fact: studies have even shown that women are seen as more attractive during their fertile windows!!!).
Many of us begin incorporating new skincare the moment our skin starts to break out, which can happen as a hormonal response early-to-mid-cycle. So depending on when you start trying a new product, it could line up pretty closely with your ovulation window when your skin would clear up naturally anyway.
All that to say – before you stock up on 8 bottles of what seemingly appears to be a miracle product, stick it out for another month or so to confirm that it’s truly the product and not just your changing hormones.
Tip #4 – Patience, Dear Watson
In some cases, you’re just not seeing the results you were hoping for. The truth is, unless you’re getting special (and $$$) treatments or prescriptions from your dermatologist, it’s unlikely you’ll get immediate gratification.
Before you deem a product ineffective or throw in the towel, give it some time! It can take 4-6 weeks (sometimes longer) to reap the benefits of a dedicated skincare routine, especially if you’re dealing with majorly clogged pores or a damaged skin barrier.
Tip #5 – Don’t Give Up
Okay, so 4-6 weeks have passed and still no dice? While you’re totally valid in your frustrations, fear not. Everyone’s skin is unique and what may work for others may not work for you! Do some research. There are a plethora of options when it comes to acne, aging skin, hyperpigmentation, etc. And ultimately, if you are at your wit’s end, I encourage you to schedule a consultation with your local esthetician or dermatologist! They’ll know what to do.
What other tips for introducing new skincare products would you add to this list? Let me know in the comments!
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