We’ve all been there – our favorite skin-care products that we’ve been using for months seem to suddenly stop working. Is it time to toss them out? And should we switch up our beauty routine entirely?
“It's a common assumption that skin-care products stop working over time,” explains New York dermatologist Dendy Engelman, MD. “What happens most often is that the results noticed upon initial application aren't as dramatic with continuous usage.” So it’s not that the product isn’t working, but rather that it’s working so well in the long-run that it gets harder to see visible results. The lightening of dark spots may be less noticeable after a few months of using the same serum, and skin can even get used to the effects of retinols. “This doesn't mean that the treatment is no longer working, but the results may not be as appreciable,” adds Dr. Engelman.
So, how often should we change up our products?
“If you feel your results have reached a plateau, or in order to make results seem more appreciable, product changes are reasonable once every three to four months,” says Dr. Engelman. “However, if you love a product, stick with it. Don't change just for the sake of changing."
Margaret McGriff via New Beauty
Whether you’re a skin-care newbie or giving your current routine a much-needed overhaul, shopping for a new arsenal of beauty products can be a lot of fun. But before you run home and tear open the packaging, it’s important to have realistic expectations of when you’ll start seeing results.
As a general rule, it takes up to 2 weeks to see results if you’re starting a brand new beauty program. How well you've taken care of your skin in the past plays an important role in how quickly you’ll see the beauty benefits of your new products. “If someone has been using good skin care products for a long time and has taken good care of their skin, their results will be not be as noticeable or as quick as someone who hasn’t done much at all,” explains Dr. Carl R. Thornfeldt, CEO and Founder of Epionce Skin Care. Different products also have their own timetable for visible results (for example, it takes to 6 weeks to see the anti-aging benefits of products that cause skin irritation)
Another thing to keep in mind? Getting the beautiful skin we want is a process. “I tell my patients that this is a process where you have to deal with the damage first,” Dr. Thornfedlt says. “We have to turn off the damaging process that is happening in the skin first, and this takes a period of time. Once the damaging process is halted, then the skin can start the rejuvenation process. The skin then needs to be in the rejuvenating process for a while before you can visibly see results.”
Via New Beauty by Margaret McGriff
College is calling your name – and unfortunately, so are stress, sleepless nights, partying, and forgetting about your good skin habits. What comes next? Acne breakouts, pimples, blackheads and more, of course.
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