how often to change skincare products

It was going too well.

After years of experimenting with new skincare products, lots of trial and errors, and hundreds of pounds literally thrown down the drain, I had finally managed to put together a skincare routine my skin loved.

My skin had never looked so clear or been so soft. And that glow!

Then, one day, something went wrong. My skin started losing its radiance. It wasn’t as soft anymore. The changes were subtle at first, but as time went on, it was clear my skincare routine wasn’t working anymore.

What the heck went wrong?

Does Skin Adapt To Skincare Products?

My friends said that was normal. That your skin gets used to skincare products after a while. That’s why you have to keep changing them.

But I never believed that. If a skincare product/ingredient is good for your skin now, it’ll always be good for your skin, no matter how long you use it.

Unless this happens.

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When Is It Time To Change Your Skincare Products?

Your skincare products don’t just stop working. If they don’t give you the same results they used to, it’s because your skin has changed.

Let’s say that you’ve always had oily skin. Your skin can’t tolerate rich moisturizers, so you opt for a lightweight formula that’s oil-free. And you do clay masks regularly to absorb all that excess oil.

But then, one day you move to Norway. The weather there is much colder and harsher than you were used to. Your skin starts to dry out. Flake even.

If you keep using the same products you were using before, is it any wonder your skin will only get worse? A lightweight moisturizer ain’t enough for that climate. Clay masks just dry out your skin even more. You need to switch up your skincare routine, and quickly too!

You don’t have to move for your skin to change. Skin is a living organ and living things change and evolve all the time. It’s the nature of things.

For example, as we get older, skin loses collagen, elastin, sebum, and all that other good stuff that keeps it naturally moisturized and healthy. If you don’t change your skincare routine to amp up the level of hydration your skin’s getting, you’ll be stuck with dry skin for the rest of your life.

But if nothing changes in your skin? Then, there’s no need to change your skincare products. By all means, if you want to try something new, do it. I do it all the time too. It’s fun.

But don’t do it because you think your fave skincare products will stop working if you don’t. They won’t.

The Bottom Line

If you’ve found a skincare routine that works for you, stick with it. Only when something changes in your skin, you should update your routine to cater to its new needs.

Have often do you change your skincare products? Let me know in the comments below.