You buy a new skincare product or even the whole system, and you expect it to work overnight like a magic pill. Or, perhaps you are a much more “realistic customer”, and think that you should give it a few days. Either way, our high hopes are based on ads, influencers' reels (which are not 100% honest), and even the feedback we get from family members or friends. Sadly, none of these expectations are clinically based or take into account our individuality.
We fall prey to all the propaganda, like any gullible consumer would, and decide to discontinue a formula that could actually be perfect for us. We are so hungry for results that we are not willing to let our skincare routine do its job. We tend to forget that Rome wasn't built in one day. We have become the kings and queens of the impatience realm. There is simply no room for any waiting period. But that might change once you learn what science has to say about this, and how our obnoxious cosmetic habits could be messing up our skin.
Does Skincare Make A Difference?
The answer is a resounding yes, but there are numerous factors that come into play for real skincare results. One of the most important ones is the skin's turnover time. Contrary to popular belief, it takes the epidermis (outermost layer of the skin) 40-56 days to complete a full turnover cycle. Previous studies had concluded that it lasted 28 days, though that data was later rectified. We also know this time can increase anywhere between 30-50% as we age. This translates into turnover cycles that can last 80 or more days. If changes are needed at a deep structural level, how are we led to believe that we can achieve instant results?
No skincare routineis capable of fulfilling such a claim.
the importance of skincarecan't be undermined, there is more to skin health than splashing out on luxury products. Your skincare is not always the one to blame for the lack of results. Remember that we are hormonal creatures. Have you ever noticed, 2-3 weeks into introducing a new product, that your skin looks like a hot mess? How could that possibly be if your complexion was truly glowy at the beginning? Well, it is because those chemical messengers known as hormones are wreaking havoc on your skin's health. The quality of your formulas has nothing to do with it. If you do not address your endocrine issues, it is highly likely that you will never enjoy happy, radiant skin. To avoid further hindering the results of your skincare, kindly avoid the following:
- Over-cleansing and over-exfoliating.
- Mixing several brands at the same time.
- Frequently switching your skincare.
- Having a complex skincare routine.
- Using skincare with tons of harsh chemicals.
- Applying skincare that is not suitable for your skin type.
- Applying your skincare the wrong way.
- Touching your skin constantly.
- Exposing yourself to UV radiation without proper protection.
- Letting stress and emotions take over you.
- Turning in late/depriving yourself of sleep.
- Leading a sedentary life.
- Drinking little or no pure water.
- Centering your diet around refined carbs and processed foods.
How Long Does It Take for Skincare to Work?
The following waiting periods are not a rule of thumb. They have been generalized for practical purposes. Keep in mind that they could be extended if you are dealing with any of the aforementioned factors such as age, malnourishment, hormonal imbalances, and so on.
Cleansers: Immediately - 1 month
All that nasty grime and makeup will come off right away since it is sitting on the top layer of the skin. If you are looking to eliminate the embedded impurities, you will certainly have to be more patient and pair up your cleanser with a toner or an exfoliator for maximum results. Cleanse twice per day.
Toners: Instantly - 1 month
In terms of freshness and hydration, it might be possible for you to feel the difference as soon as you introduce a toner into your regimen. The same can´t be said about those pore-clogging impurities. You will need at least a full turnover cycle to diminish them. You can skip this step if your complexion is impurity-free. Tone twice per day and avoid alcohol-containing formulas.
Serums: 3 weeks - 6 months
We know, we can even read your mind. You must be going: Holy cow! is that for real? Well, it is because serums work at a deeper level where functional ingredients are needed to target stubborn issues like cysts, hyperpigmentations, lack of elasticity, thread veins, wrinkles, etc. If someone promises fast results for any of these conditions just run, run… and as fast as you can.
You will need several turnover cycles to reveal a radiant complexion. And you will have your ups and downs too. For example, it is highly likely that acne sufferers go through a purging period because the deeply-rooted bacteria and impurities will start coming out. Having said that, purging should not last more than 6 weeks. If it does, that means you are no longer flushing toxins but experiencing an inflammatory response. That is why anyone who is dealing with acne needs to commit to a 6-week protocol.
We can't deny the fact that some serums are capable of softening and hydrating the skin upon application. You might even notice it looks more luminous. Actives such as vitamin C, hyaluronic acid, and niacinamide do not take months to “cast their spell” (unlike retinol). Even so, your patience will be put to the test if your goal is to get rid of those unsightly flaws once and for all. Serums should be applied day and night, focusing more on antioxidants in the morning and regenerative ingredients before going to bed.
Moisturizers and Facial Oils: Straight away - 1 month
If you felt a bit discouraged after reading #3, the information that we are about to share will lift you up. Both creams and face oils can and do provide immediate benefits. They are a true treat to the skin. This is especially so for dry complexions who desperately need to relieve the tight sensation. Although you will definitely notice instant softening and locking up of moisture, more time will be required to repair a damaged skin barrier. So, be diligent at it.
Moisturizers can be used both day and night, and they can go from super lightweight to rich formulas. Facial oils are more suitable for normal to dry complexions. You can layer them after the moisturizer or blend a few drops into it. The beauty of oils is that you can customize them based on your individual needs. You might go easy in the summer (or not use them at all), and apply them liberally during the cooler months.
Exfoliators: On the spot - 2 months
Oh yes! You can tell all that nasty surface build-up goes away as soon as you finish “polishing” your skin. It feels so soft and smooth afterwards, plus it literally soaks up all treatment-based options. Exfoliators are an essential tool against premature aging, clogged pores, and hyperpigmentations. The latter effects are achieved after several weeks of usage.
A word of caution: grainy formulas will create tiny scratches on the skin doing more harm than good. Acids are safe to use as long as they are recommended by skilled aesthetic professionals. That is why we absolutely love enzymatic exfoliators. They are gentle to even the most sensitive complexions, yet effective. You should exfoliate no more than 2-3 times per week.
Masks: Right away - 2 months
Much like exfoliators, masks can produce both an instant effect or take a bit longer to address certain skin conditions. They come in different textures and contain a wide array of ingredients to cater to all skin needs. For optimum results, it is better to pair them up with exfoliators and recreate a spa ambiance at home. Masks should be used up to 2 times per week. Some experts argue that it is best to apply weekly treatments at night. Others claim that masks give you a boost in the morning. Whatever your preferred time is, make sure there are no stressors around to reap all the benefits of your mask. Oh!, and do not forget to apply it 1-2 hours before an event to look dazzling like a diamond.
Is skincare important? Yes!
Is skincare necessary? By all means! The
benefits of having a skincare routineshould never be taken for granted. It is true that results will not show up at your convenience. We regret to inform you that from the bottom of our heart. But if you stay put and handle all hindrances, internal and external, positive skin changes will happen in due time. For more tips and tricks related to your skin, make sure to follow us on our Instagram, Facebook, Pinterest, and LinkedIn platforms.