Episode Title:How Long Does it Take for Skincare Products to Work?
So you’ve thought long and hard on pulling the trigger on some new K-Beauty products and you probably can’t wait to see results. When can you expect the benefits to kick in. Exactly how long does it take to see skincare results? On today’s episode we’ll take a look.
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Unlike your Uber Eats, which should show up in the next hour, skincare is a waiting game. For some products, the best results don’t come through for weeks, even months.
Whether you’re just starting out with some new products or have been at it for a while and aren’t quite sure what to expect, it can be hard to know when your products will start showing their best results.
As a general rule though, the more that needs to change at your skin’s deeper cellular level (for example brightening your skin, or reducing fine lines and wrinkles), the more time you’re going to need to see results.
It’s also important to keep in mind that just because the results aren’t visible to the naked eye, doesn’t mean that the product isn’t doing its job. If you’re using an anti-ageing cream on a particularly stubborn wrinkle, the results may be occurring below the skin’s surface. Even though you can’t see it right now, your skin is actually improving.
That said, here are some time frames to keep in mind that will help you track the results of your skincare.
After cleansing, your face should be looking clean and even-toned, with dirt and makeup removed. After rinsing, your skin should feel soft and smooth, not dry, greasy, or tight.
While your cleanser’s main job is to… clean your face, there are plenty ofcleansers nowadays with extra functions, like helping to manage oily skin or calm blemishes. Give it about a month to see these additional benefits kick in.
After toning, your skin should feel smoother, softer and calmer. Remember that toner is not designed to be an extra step in cleansing. You should be toning on clean skin.
While you might see results immediately if you’re using a hydrating type toner, for most toners with specific functions like pore care, expect to wait 1-2 weeks.
After exfoliating with a manual exfoliant, your skin should look and feel smoother with smaller looking pores. Skin should also look less dull.
For best results, you will need to regularly use the product as the results will taper off after a few days to about a week.
There are few ingredients more effective for smoothing out uneven skin and guarding against acne thanretinols and retinoids. Results will vary depending on the strength of the retinols, with prescribed retinols showing smoother, brighter skin in as little as 4-6 weeks. Keep in mind however that the stronger the strength, the stronger the side effects. High-strength retinols will definitely leave your skin looking worse for wear at first. Expect dryness, flaking and discomfort for a few weeks if using high strength retinols.
For an extra boost to your skincare goals, it’s hard to go past serums like APLB’s Bee Pollen Propolis Ampoule Serum. There’s a huge range of serums for all sorts of skincare goals, which makes it hard to predict how long it takes for results to become visible. As a general rule of thumb though, you should see results from most serums within 6-8 weeks.
You can generally expect to see results from yourmoisturiser almost instantly. Once absorbed, your skin should feel and look soft and plump! With consistent use, you should expect the full results of your moisturiser within 1-2 weeks.
Slow and steady wins the race when it comes to AHAs and BHAs Don’t be tempted to up your strength of AHAs and BHAs just because you don’t see results right away. Your skin's surface doesn't always show negative reactions immediately, even though damage may be taking place.
You may not see or feel a reaction, but if the acid you are using isn't gentle you could still be damaging your skin and this will cause problems down the track.
Keep in mind that regularly causing your skin to become sensitized hinders its ability to renew and restore itself.
Most of us are using our Vitamin C serums to target things like dullness and pigmentation; these issues are incredibly difficult to treat, even in a skincare clinic setting so don’t expect to see results overnight. Results will be modest because there is a limit to what skincare products alone can achieve, but you should start seeing results within 6-12 weeks.
While pimples can seem to pop out of nowhere, it will take a little longer to get rid of them. Hydrocolloid patches like Subi’sPerfect Pimple Patch help to speed up the healing process and can minimise the appearance of your acne within 8-12 hours
"High-strength retinols will definitely leave your skin looking worse for wear at first. Expect dryness, flaking and discomfort for a few weeks if using high strength retinols."Lauren Lee, Korean Beauty Expert
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