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How to Introduce New Skincare Products Into Your Skincare Routine?


Jun 28, 2023

Introducing new skincare products into your skincare routine can be exciting, but it’s important to do it in a way that ensures your skin stays healthy and doesn’t have adverse reactions. Whether you’re adding a new cleanser, serum, or moisturizer, following a proper process will help you determine if the product works well for your skin. In this article, we’ll discuss how to introduce new skincare products into your routine effectively.

1.Do your research

Before adding a new product to your skincare routine, take the time to research it thoroughly. Read reviews, check the ingredient list, and consider your skin type and concerns. Understanding the product’s purpose and suitability for your skin will help you make an informed decision.

2.Layer your products properly

Let’s start by getting your skincare layering down pat. Remember that products’ textures are intentional, allowing the skin to absorb what it needs each step along the way. 

A good rule to follow is texture: always go from light to heavy. Apply your lightest products first as they are formulated to penetrate the skin deeply. Then apply denser or creamier products later. This way, denser products won’t block lighter products from penetrating your skin and doing their job. 

And last but not least: sunscreen should be the final layer of every skincare routine. So, make sure to layer your products properly to get the most out of your latest discoveries. 

3.Do a skin patch test for skincare products

Skin patch testing is a good way to see if your skin would react negatively to certain products, especially if you have sensitive skin.

I don’t always do a skin patch test (for example, for a gentle cleanser with no known allergens) but I always do for products I’m using for the first time and that I know have ingredients I’m not used to, like retinol or direct acids.

What I usually do is pick a spot on my inner arm (somewhere hidden but still easily accessible by you – I mean, don’t pick a spot on your back!) and apply a small amount of product there.

I leave it, don’t rinse it, and if I don’t have a reaction after 24 hours I move to a spot closer to my face but still hidden-ish, like under my jaw and do a patch test again.

If I still don’t have a reaction after this test, I’m in the clear. This doesn’t mean I won’t ever get breakouts though. I’ve used products that broke me out after I’ve been using it a few weeks.

Still, while not 100% accurate, skin patch testing at home is still a good idea when you’re adding a new product to your routine.

4.Start with one product at a time

To effectively assess the impact of a new product on your skin, introduce it one at a time. Adding multiple products simultaneously can make it challenging to identify which one is causing any potential issues. Allow your skin to adjust to the new product before introducing another one.

5.Gradually incorporate the new product

Instead of immediately incorporating the new product into your daily routine, start by using it every other day or a few times a week. This gradual approach allows your skin to adapt to the product and minimizes the risk of overwhelming your skin. Monitor how your skin responds over a few weeks before increasing the frequency of use.

6.Observe changes in your skin

Pay attention to how your skin reacts to the new product. Look for any improvements or adverse effects such as breakouts, dryness, redness, or increased sensitivity. Keep a skincare journal or take notes to track any changes. If you notice any negative reactions, discontinue use and consult a dermatologist if necessary.

7.Assess compatibility with existing products

Consider how the new product fits into your existing skincare routine. Ensure the ingredients in your new product complement the ones you’re already using. Avoid combining products with potentially conflicting ingredients to prevent any negative interactions.

8.Adjust as needed

Based on your observations and skin’s response, adjust your routine as necessary. If the new product works well for your skin, you can gradually increase its usage or consider incorporating additional complementary products. If it doesn’t yield the desired results or causes issues, discontinue use and look for alternative options.

When is the right time to add another product to a skincare routine?

This varies and depends on how well your skin is adjusting. 

Other people’s skin, like my partner’s, is so low maintenance they can add new products every few days without issue. My sister has sensitive skin and has to wait longer. 

I have semi-sensitive skin and give a new product at least 2 weeks before I introduce another one.

So know your skin and pay attention to how it’s reacting. You can usually tell when it’s ready.

Is there such a thing as too many skin care products?

  • Yes, if you’re using similar products doing the same thing. For example, you’re using an exfoliating cleanser, an exfoliating toner and a serum that also exfoliates. You’re definitely over exfoliating and that’s bad.
  • Yes, if you’re reacting badly and can’t figure out why. You need to take a step back and reset your routine.
  • Yes, if the products you’re using are contraindicated. For example, it’s not recommended that you use a mugwort mask and retinol in the same routine.
  • No, if you’re using different products that target different skin concerns.
  • No, if you’re switching up products according to the season.

It is generally recommended to keep serums you’re using per routine to 2-3 though. More than that and your skin might not be able to absorb as much of the good stuff anymore.

Try alternating your serums and use them on different days for more effective results.

How do you know if a skincare product is working or not?

It’s usually pretty easy to tell if a skincare product is for you or not. If you experience dryness and flakiness, or redness and irritation, then it’s time to stop using it.

However, what if you’ve used up a whole bottle and you still have wrinkles or acne scars or pigmentation? 

Remember that these things do take time to get rid of, and usually not 100%. Bottomline is: does your skin feel healthier and well-balanced? Does it look brighter and more radiant?

I tend to stick to products that make my skin happy (happy skin, happy me!) and only switch things up when I break out badly from it. 

As always, when in doubt, it’s best to consult your dermatologist or aesthetician.

Remember, everyone’s skin is unique, and what works for others may not work for you. It’s essential to listen to your skin’s needs and make adjustments accordingly. By following these steps and introducing new skincare products gradually and mindfully, you can effectively evaluate their impact and achieve a well-rounded skincare routine tailored to your skin’s requirements.

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