Derm DMs: How Often Should You Change Up Your Skin-Care Routine?
The difficult part about loving skin care as much as we do is our want (just kidding, need) to try new products as soon as we hear about them. When it comes to buzzy ingredients, innovative technology or simply a new, luxurious formula, we often can’t say no. This constant introduction of new products made us wonder how long we have to stick to a product before changing things up? To help us figure it out, we consulted with board-certified dermatologist Adriana Lombardi, M.D., to give us the lowdown on how often — if at all — we should change up our skin-care routine.
How Often Can You Change Your Skin-Care Routine?
“Skin-care products have the potential to work immediately, but to see the full potential results, I recommend giving the product at least four to six weeks,” says Dr. Lombardi. She recommends switching your skin-care routine every season in order to give your products time to work.
What Ingredients Can You Switch Out of Your Skin-Care Routine?
“The three most important products in a skin-care regimen are vitamin C, retinol and SPF,” says Dr. Lombardi. “These products are great for long-term use and are clinically proven to improve the appearance of aging skin.” Therefore, if you’re thinking about making a switch in your routine, we recommend trying products with these efficacious ingredients. If you’ve been using a gentle serum and want to opt for something potent, we recommend the L’Oréal Paris Night Serum with 0.3% Retinol. To switch up your summertime SPF, trade in your current formula for a moisturizing option like the Biossance Squalane + Zinc Sheer Mineral Sunscreen with SPF 30.
What Factors Should You Consider Before Changing Your Skin-Care Routine?
“If you feel that a particular product is not suiting your skin type, or if you notice your skin isn’t responding despite using a skin-care regimen consistently, then you may want to consider switching it up,” adds Dr. Lombardi. Other signs that suggest you should discontinue a product or change your routine are breakouts, rashes, redness and any other irritations. “Look for products that are designed specifically to your skin type and consult with your dermatologist to see if you have specific skin conditions that require to be treated by a pro so you can ensure you’re using the right products.”
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