Whether you’re a newbie with skincare or you’re working to build your collection, there can be times when you’ll notice that the products you're using aren't working or are not showing any visible results. We understand the frustration, but not to worry! We’ve created this list with the most common reasons as to why your skincare doesn’t seem to work.
Wrong ingredients mixing together
If you’re trying to treat multiple skin concerns at the same time, you could be mixing some ingredients that don’t go together. For example, if you are dealing with fine lines and acne, you probably have a retinol serum and an AHA/BHA treatment in your arsenal. On their own they can work wonders but combined? These ingredients do not mix together as they both exfoliate the skin. Using them in tandem can cause irritation and dry out the skin. Instead, try using them interchangeably. One night you could use the retinol and then the next night, your AHA/BHA.
A good rule of thumb is to use an active ingredient with a calming one; like using a retinol and then a hyaluronic acid serum afterwards. It's really important that the products in your routine compliment one another so you can actually see results and prevent irritation.
Skin needs a break
If your skincare routine is an extensive one, filled with multiple steps and products that you apply every night, you may be overwhelming your skin. This could potentially lead to irritation and could damage your skin barrier.
In reality, most of us are better off with a simpler routine. Sometimes it IS nice to pamper ourselves with a spa night that includes a 10-step routine but it’s best to do this once in a while. For everyday, a short and simple routine is better.
So check in with your skin and look through the products you’ve been using. Go back to the basics that only include a cleanser, toner, and moisturizer. Don’t forget the sunscreen in the morning though!
Needs more time to show results
We’ve seen those ads and videos that show a skincare product promising to change your skin overnight, am I right? As much as we want this to be a reality, sadly it just isn’t true. Skincare can take a minimum of 3 weeks to show results as it takes around that long for your skin cells to go through its life cycle.
If you’re worried your serum didn’t do anything the next day after using it for the first time, just be patient and be consistent with it and give it at least 3 weeks before deciding whether it’s worth keeping in your routine or not.
We hope this helped clear some misunderstandings with your skincare routine! As always, skincare takes a lot of adjusting and patience. Our skin is dynamic so it's best to be aware of its needs.
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