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What To Consider Before Buying and Trying A New Skincare Product

What To Consider Before Buying and Trying A New Skincare Product

Embarking on a journey to find the “perfect” skincare routine can be both exciting and overwhelming. However, to make the most of your investment and ensure optimal and transformative results, it is important to approach the introduction of a new skincare product with mindfulness and diligence to ensure a seamless integration of the product into your routine.

Introducing a new skincare product into your routine can be a game-changer for your skin. By following these steps, you can maximize the benefits of your new skincare purchase.

Here are several key aspects to consider before trying a new skincare product:

The Research Phase (beyond the flashy marketing)

  1. Research Your Skin's Needs:

Look for products formulated to target your specific skin type and concerns, as using the wrong products can exacerbate issues or lead to new ones. Are you battling acne, seeking hydration, dealing with hyperpigmentation, or aiming to combat signs of aging. Is your skin dry, dull, oily or sensitive? Understanding your skin type and concerns will guide you towards products tailored to address your specific needs.

  1. Scan the Ingredients List:

While a skincare product ingredients list may not tell you how effective the product is, it is still very important to familiarize yourself with the ingredients and their functions.  Consider looking for ingredients that are known to address your skincare type or concerns. Look out for new ingredients for their effectiveness and safety via reputable scientific journals and clinical trials. If you have sensitive skin, take note of ingredients that may trigger allergies or sensitivities.

  1. Product Formulation Delivery System:

Skincare products are carefully formulated to achieve specific goals. Consider the formulation of the product, including its texture, consistency, and delivery system. Do you prefer an oil, oil-free formula, a cream, serum, gel, a balm or lotion?  Determine if the product is suitable for your skin type and preferences. For example, those with oily skin may prefer lightweight, oil-free formulations, while those with dry skin may opt for richer, more hydrating products. Note that skincare is not one size fits all. Every individual has unique skin types, concerns, and preferences, which means that what works well for one person may not necessarily work for another. One can also be a positive or negative outlier with a skincare product, this means that your experience or results with the product deviate significantly from the norm or the majority of users.

Positive outliers may experience extraordinary benefits from a skincare product that surpass the typical outcomes reported by most users while negative outliers may experience severe or unexpected adverse reactions to a skincare product that are uncommon among other users. This could include severe irritation, redness, itching, or allergic reactions.

  1. Know The Brand You are Buying Your Skincare Product From:

What is the reputation or credibility of the brand behind the skincare product or beauty retailer you intend to purchase from? All skincare brands are not created equal. Look out for brands that have a commitment to producing quality, effective products backed by scientific research.

Pay close attention to the quality and transparency of ingredients used by skincare brands. Look for brands that prioritize high-quality, ethically sourced ingredients and avoid potentially harmful or irritating substances. Transparent labeling and ingredient lists can help build trust and confidence in the brand's integrity. Consider the values and sustainability practices of the brands. Look for brands that align with your personal values, whether it's cruelty-free, vegan, organic, eco-friendly, or socially responsible practices. Research the brand's commitments to sustainability, environmental stewardship, and ethical sourcing.


 Product Integration Phase 

  1. Perform a Patch Test:

Once you've acquired the new skincare product, the next step is to perform a patch test.

Patch testing is a method used to determine how your skin will react to a new skincare product or ingredient. Patch testing involves applying a small amount of the product to a discreet area of skin such as your inner forearm and observing for any adverse reactions over a period of time (24-48 hours at minimum). This helps identify potential allergies, sensitivities, or irritations before incorporating the product into your regular routine. This simple step can help prevent potential irritations or allergic reactions. If no reaction occurs, it is likely safe to use the product as directed.

Note: patch test one product at a time for accurate interpretation of the results. If you are unsure about how to patch test for a particular ingredient, reach out to the skincare brand and consult a dermatologist for guidance.

  1. Introduce One Product at a Time:

To accurately assess the effects of a new skincare product, introduce it into your routine gradually so that it compliments your existing routine. Avoid introducing multiple new products simultaneously, as this can make it difficult to pinpoint the cause of any adverse reactions. Start by incorporating the new product into your routine every other day or a few times a week, gradually increasing frequency as your skin adjusts.


Evaluation Phase (Post-Use)

  1. Observe and Evaluate:

As you begin using the new skincare product, pay close attention to how your skin responds. Observe for any changes in texture, tone, hydration, or any signs of irritation or sensitivity. Keep track of your observations in a skincare journal or diary to monitor progress and identify any potential concerns (A photo diary is really good!) Pay attention to how the new product interacts with your existing skincare products. Watch for any signs of product pilling, decreased efficacy of other products, or changes in skin texture or appearance that may indicate compatibility issues. Some products work better when used in tandem with another amplifying product to achieve best results.

  1. Adjust Your Routine as Needed:

Based on your observations and evaluations, you can adjust your skincare routine as needed. Do you need to use little or more (a pea size vs an almond size) of the new product, do you need to change the order of application in your routine, does the product work best for you at p.m or a.m routine? Are you overdosing your skin with an active ingredient like retinoids, vitamin C, Alpha hydroxy acids (AHA) that can end up irritating the skin and damaging the skin the barrier? Based on your observations and skin's response, adjust your skincare routine as necessary. This may involve modifying the frequency of use, changing the order of application, or discontinuing certain products that may be redundant or conflicting with the new product.

  1. Give It Time:

To achieve a healthy, balanced a radiant skin, you have to be consistent with using your new skincare product. Skincare is a journey and not a quick fix. Results may take time to manifest. While some products may deliver instant results, others may require consistent use over several weeks to achieve noticeable improvements. Trust the process and stay committed to your skincare journey. Consistency is key!

  1. Seek Professional Advice:

If you are still struggling on how to incorporate your new skincare product in your routine or you are experiencing adverse reactions. Stop the use of the product and seek professional advice. Talk to a skincare professional or dermatologist for guidance and review of new product as well as all the products in your routine.


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