3 Simple Tips on Introducing New Skin Care Products in Your Routine
Establishing a skin care routine is a wonderful way for you to practice self-care. Having that quiet time alone in your bathroom is a chance for you to step back and unwind from the day as you cleanse and replenish your skin. While new skin care brands and product launches can be exciting, many of us tend to gravitate towards trending products and slather them instantly onto our skin hoping for that *promise* of extensive and immediate results to resolve our problems without thinking twice.
But this is a common misconception. Taking it slow to introduce new products to your skin care regimen will actually give you the best results. Why? Firstly, you take your time to choose the best products for you, taking control and secondly your skin needs time to absorb and get used to the new goodness. Read on to explore: 3 Simple Tips on Introducing New Skin Care Products in Your Routine.
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First, let’s deep dive into one of the most common mistakes we make when introducing new skin care products into our routines. Overloading your skin with a variety of products can lead to a multitude of long-term problems – even for normal skin types. As most of the time your skin can’t handle a mix of many products at once, the moisture barrier risks being destroyed leading to increase sensitivity that can cause:
- Clogged pores leading to acne and breakouts
When these irritations occur, most of us tend to give up immediately, pushing the new product aside or even throwing it away with a huge red stamp of disapproval. But wait! Don’t throw away your money too fast, this can be salvageable.
Tip 1: Do a patch test
Especially for sensitive, dry, or breakout-prone skin types, doing a patch test is essential to identifying early on whether your new product potentially leads to adverse reactions on your skin. If it does, it can simply mean that your product contains ingredients that are not suitable for you, or even harmful.
Don’t take any risk on your precious moisture barrier – follow these simple steps below for an easy patch test:
- Take control and check the list of ingredients. (that may be formulated better)
- Apply a small amount of product onto a small area of your face that can be easily covered – for example, on your jawline area or behind your ears.
- Make sure the area of choice does not contain any other product.
- After application, wait at least 24 hours to identify any *red flags* such as breakouts, allergies, or any sign of irritation. If not, VOILÀ, feel free to integrate this new product into your routine starting twice a week for two weeks (and reassess again after this period).
*This applies to all types of products – from cleansers, hydrating serums, toners and even creams!
Tip 2: One at a time
We can all agree that new skin care gets us all giddy and overboard with excitement. A safe tip from us: don’t use all of them at once. Overloading your skin with different types of ingredients can reduce the skin cell’s natural ability to regulate the amount of moisture on your face.
Give your skin time to absorb and get used to each product’s ingredients. If unfortunately, you do experience irritations such as skin-dermatitis from new products you’ve added into your routine, having two variables can make it harder for you to identify the culprit of your adverse reaction.
We know, sometimes the temptation is real but remember, patience is a virtue.
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Tip 3: Be consistent
Following your patch test, it is important to be consistent. As the skin’s layer – the “epidermis,” requires approximately a full month to turn over and grow new skin, this sets you four weeks to integrate the product into your skin care regime before evaluating the results following this duration. We suggest that you start by using a new product once or twice a day (depending on the instructions) to judge if it’s really everything you are looking for.
Extra JK7® Tip
Even though a new product should always be tested before integrating it into your skin care routine, our trusted team at JK7® will always encourage you to consider clean, honest and natural organic skin care first and foremost. Natural skin care such as JK7® Skin Care strictly avoids any toxic ingredients or harmful chemicals to ensure that your skin is fed the world’s best beneficial ingredients.
Our skin is so precious and now is the time for you to pay attention. Try not to be tempted by the wealth of promises each skin care brand makes. Only use your best tried-and-tested skin care. After all, happy skin = happy life – would you agree?
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