Remember the last time you bought a new skin care product…
- Did you absolutely love it?
- Did you find yourself not sure if you like it or not?
- Maybe you ended up getting sensitive skin or a few unexpected pimples or your skin ended up feeling either oilier or dryer.
Not to worry because every time you switch to a new product line, your skin has to go through an adjustment period.
It can take about 4-6 weeks for your skin to completely accept the new product you’ve added into your skin care routine and begin to respond appropriately.
If this sounds odd, not to worry, because your skin wants to love the new product as much as you do, it just has to go through a new skin cycle first and this can take about 4-6 weeks depending on your age and how healthy your skin actually is.
Why 4-6 weeks?
Let’s go back to the science of our skin…
Our skin being the largest organ of the body produces new skin cells that eventually die off as they rise up to the surface.
Believe it or not, our skin’s surface, meaning everything you touch, is actually dead skin cells.
We have the two main layers of skin; the Dermis and the Epidermis.
The Dermis is our live layer & consists of collagen, elastin, blood vessels, lymph, receptors, oil and sweat glands and our hair follicles.
The Epidermis is our top layer & consists of 4-sub layers that the cells transition through
before making it to the surface & becoming our skin’s protective layer.
Where the Dermis & Epidermis meet, is called the Epidermal Junction. It is here where the new skin cells are born. Once born, they begin to rise up to the surface & die off.
The top layer that consists of dead skin cells is called the Stratum Corneum which consists of 8-20 sub-layers.
See the skin is a really complex organ!
The stratum corneum is the layer that is designed to help our skin protect our bodies from dirt, germs, bacteria, pollution and other outside toxins that can potentially harm us.
We really need to work on keeping this delicate sub-layer in tact, this allows our skin to do its job correctly.
How does this relate to new products?
The cell cycle from birth to death (meaning dead skin cells that make up the stratum corneum) takes about 28 days. As we age, this cycle can go as long as 45-60 days or even longer.
Because it takes this long, this is the main reason our skin may react to a new product.
If it’s used to certain products that you’ve used for months or even years, then suddenly you switch, this throws the skin cells off.
Because it’s a new set of ingredients, it may respond to this new product in either a good or bad manner. If it’s bad, that’s your skin telling you it doesn’t like this new product and to stop immediately!
If your skin improves, you know it’s working and your skin likes it.
Other times, it make take 4-6 weeks for you to even see a change in your skin.
This occurs mostly with active serums.
Serums are your worker bees and designed to penetrate beyond the stratum corneum to the epidermal junction.
This is really important to understand, because OTC serums do NOT have the ability to penetrate through the stratum corneum.
Most products end up just sitting on the skin and not really doing anything.
The goal of your serum is to have a delivery system encapsulate the active ingredients. This keeps the actives stable and slowly releases over time at the epidermal junction.
This means that when the new skin cells are born, they are treated with the serum and as they make their rise to the surface, they will show improvement upon their appearance at the skin’s surface. If you are suffering from bad skin or uneven skin tone, it can take as long as 4-6 weeks to see improvement.
This improvement you start to see is a great sign!
It means that your skin loves the serum and it’s working to change your skin cells. Overtime, you will notice continued improvement to your skin.
Sometimes its tough in the beginning to bear with the adjustments in your skin, but sticking with something that feels good, will offer amazing benefits to your skin in just a few short weeks.
Just remember that quick fixes are nice for appearances, but don’t do anything to help change the new skin cells!
Treat the skin at the source of the problem and you will always look and feel your absolute best.