When you initially buy a new skincare product, it feels like it’s THE product that you’ve been looking for. It delivers on its claims and seems to work like a charm. But after a certain amount of time, do you slowly start to feel that the product isn’t as effective as it used to be? Well, same!
Therefore, we decided to do a little digging to find out if our skin actually becomes immune to a product or do we just stop noticing changes. Here’s what we learned…
- Why do products feel super effective at the start…
- Your skin builds up a tolerance over time
- Several factors can hamper the effectiveness of the product
Why do products feel super effective at the start…
When you first start using a new skincare product, it does show maximum results, but that doesn’t mean that the product just stops having an effect one fine day. Instead, your skin starts to acclimatize itself to all the ingredients in the product (even the potentially irritating ones)over time and therefore, it may seem like the product isn’t showing results, when in fact, it’s working just the same!
Your skin builds up a tolerance over time
While your skincare products don’t essentially stop working, with frequent usage your skin’s tolerance increases towards it. This is why it’s always recommended to start highly potent ingredients such as retinol or glycolic acid in smaller quantities to help build your skin’s resistance towards it.
When your skin becomes more tolerant, it is an indication that your skin has completed the renewal cycle and is now working towards maintaining all the effects that you noticed initially.
Several factors can hamper the effectiveness of the product
Although your skincare products don’t become ineffective, there are a lot of factors such as ageing, stress, season change, etc. that can hamper the effectiveness of the product. Therefore, experts suggest tweaking your skincare routine depending on the season and skin concern to ensure optimal skin health all-year-round.