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Tips for switching to a new skin care product

Tips for switching to a new skin care product

Tips for switching to a new skin care product

Many of us fall in love with a product, and continue to use it for as long as it works for us. But as seasons change, and our skin changes with age, it’s important to be open to new products – whether it’s changing a key component of our skin care routine (like a cleanser or a moisturizer), or adding an anti-aging serum. But it’s important to introduce new products the right way to avoid any potential problems.

Choose the right product for you

First, you should know your skin type, as well as any special considerations. Research the ingredients in the new product to make sure it suits your skin type and your climate, and avoids ingredients that can be irritating. Be sure the product is designed to perform the way you need it to.

Find out what others have to say about the product

Beauty bloggers can be your best friend when you want to find out more about a skin care product. Read multiple reviews, paying particular attention to bloggers whose skin care concerns mirror your own. Find out what they really think of the product, and what results you might expect. And don’t be afraid to email or comment on their review if you want more information. Reviewers are usually happy to report on how much they love a product – and even when a product disappoints them.

One at a time, please

Sometimes a new skin care line launches, and it’s very exciting. It seems to have everything you ever wanted or needed in a skin care regimen, and you may be tempted to swap everything in your existing routine for the new products.

But the best way to try new products is one at a time. Maybe swap out your current cleanser for the new one first. Patch test it first; if there is no reaction then try it for at least two weeks to make sure it’s not irritating, and that it’s working for you the way you expected. Give your skin ample time to make sure the new product agrees with you before adding another new product. Once three or four weeks have passed, then you can try another new product. You want to make sure that if you do experience any irritation or breakouts, that you can find the culprit and stop using it.

Give new products time to work

No matter how quickly a product claims to have a positive effect on your skin, you shouldn’t expect immediate results. Allow at least four to six weeks with a new product to determine if the results are what you expected.

Be wary of what products you are using together
While it’s true that products within a skin care line should work well together, you still need to pay attention to what kinds of products you are using together. For example, if you’ve recently switched to a cleanser with glycolic acid, you probably won’t want to use a retinol with it right away. Follow directions on product packaging, do your research, and never hesitate to contact a dermatologist (or the skin care company itself) of you have questions about which products are safe to use together.

Always try new products during your “downtime”

Have a weekend off with no social obligations? That’s the time you want to start using a new skin care product. In fact, if you have a big event scheduled any time in the next two to three weeks, it’s not a good idea to try a new product. As we said before, skin care takes some time to work – and any reaction you’re going to have may take some time as well.
In addition, if you’re stressed about a big event coming up, changing your skin care routine is just another unnecessary stressor – so hold off until after the event to try something new.

Get to know your skin

Pay attention to your skin. Keep track of ingredients or formulations that either cause an unwanted reaction, have an unpleasant feel or smell, or simply don’t work. Your skin care should make you comfortable, and should make your skin look and feel healthy. Never hesitate to stop using a product that doesn’t perform as it should.


  1. Bradford Snelson 3 years ago

    Thanks for your tip about knowing your skin type before buying skin care products. I’ve been wanting to surprise my wife for our anniversary and she loves natural beauty products. I think I should find out some more about her skin type before I go buying her anything though.

  2. Becca Holton 3 years ago

    I really love that idea to try new products when you have no social obligations. I’m always afraid to try new beauty products because I’m not always sure if I’ll have a bad reaction. It’s also very appealing to not have to stress or worry about how much time you take trying out your new product.

  3. Persephone de Vito 2 years ago

    It was really nice how you said that in trying a product on the skin, it’s best to let at least three to four weeks pass first before adding a new one because it’s necessary to give the skin enough time to adjust to the product. I’ll take note of that because I have been eyeing this skin care product for some time now, but I’m not sure if it will get along well with the other ones I am currently using. This article was really helpful in teaching me about how to deal with new body care products. Thanks!

  4. Rosie Beckett 2 years ago

    I have noticed that my skin is very dry because I live in a climate that is not very humid, so I am looking for some new skin care products. I like that you say to look at the ingredients of the skincare to make sure that it suits your skin type and will not be irritating. Also, it makes sense that you should give time for the product to have an effect on your skin because it will not produce immediate results, so I will try to remember to be patient.

  5. Daniyal Aziz 2 years ago

    Its very important to make sure that your new skin product is similar to the old one.

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