Trying new skincare products is fun but also gives people a hard time to figure out how it's going to give them satisfaction, moreover, it's hard to see visible results. Unfortunately, switching skincare products too often may actually slow your progress with any of them.
It takes longer for products to see the results
Depending on the product, it usually takes up to eight weeks to see the visible changes. And that estimation is based on the assumption that you're using the product at least once a day, which probably isn't happening if you regularly swap it out for other things.
Other products may provide a faster benefit, but it is only temporary. Products such as undereye products containing caffeine, which are thought to de-puff by affecting the blood circulation in the area. Therefore, you might actually see results quickly, but they'll fade quickly too.
When it comes to prescription options, we have a better idea of how long they take to work—but it's even longer than what over-the-counter treatments claim. For example, using retinoids that are used to treat acne and the signs of aging, one can see the improvements at 6 weeks to two years (or more). As some people might be familiar with the effect of using retinoids, which are widely known to be irritating at first, people are often advised to start using them just a few days a week. So if you're switching between a retinoid and other products on different days, then you may not see any changes for even longer.
There are also some specific moments or scenarios that may require you to change things up due to the way they can affect your skin, here are some examples:
1. The weather changes
Environment and climate are big factors in skin health. If you live somewhere with drastic seasonal shifts or you've moved to a new place with different weather, you should find the new products that suit the climate.
2. Ageing skin
As you age, you might find that your skin changes or that products are affecting you in different ways. Generally, people lose a few natural oils as they continue to age. Therefore the skin gets drier our whole life as well as skin develops sensitivities to certain products or the ingredients.
3. Hormonal shift
When women get pregnant or trying to become pregnant, you may find that some skincare products are now off-limits to you for safety reasons.
4. New workout routine
Sweating more at the gym or being exposed to sunlight more often can affect your skin. You may need to take more care in cleansing and acne prevention if you're going to be sweating a lot. UV exposure can also increase your sensitivity to the sun so you might need to consider avoiding retinoids and add more sun care to your routine.
5. Allergic reactions
If your skin is experiencing any side effects or sensitivity reactions, it's important to take a step back and figure out what's going on and consider switching a product.
Introducing a new product to your routine should be done with care and time
Dermatologists suggest that If you find something that works well for you, you should stick with it. Only introduce one new product at a time and also giving each product at least two weeks before you introduce another is also recommend. If you think the product may be irritating your skin, take a step back and discontinue use.
Meanwhile, just because a product isn't making drastic changes for your skin doesn't mean you can't use it. As long as it's not causing any allergic reactions, you can still use it. In conclusion, it's usually not a great idea to switch things around before they've had a chance to work.
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