Derm DMs: How Often Should You Change 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 soft, luxurious formula, we just can’t say no. This constant introduction of new products made us ask ourselves, how long do 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 should you switch up the products in 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. Dr. Lombardi recommends switching your skin-care routine every season in order to give your products time to work. Dr. Lombardi mentions that products that cleansers, moisturizers or serums can be switched out more frequently.
When the time comes, what types of products should you switch out of your skin-care routine?
According to Dr. Lombardi, “The three most important products in a skin-care regimen are vitamin C, retinol and SPF. These products are great for long-term use and they 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.
What factors should you consider before changing the products in your regimen?
“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. She also says other signs that suggest you should discontinue a product or change your routine are breakouts, rashes, redness or 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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