Between Instagram ads, TikTok influencers, and the overwhelming amount of skin care products on the market today, it’s so easy to get into the habit of trying a new routine every week or every month. When it comes to skin care, however, good things are coming to those who wait.
While some products are designed to work overnight, many take weeks or even months to see noticeable results. But how long should we wait before deciding if we want to keep a product in our skincare routine? NewBeauty’s Senior Editor-in-Chief Sarah Eggenberger has the answers.
Eggenberger joined Hoda & Jenna not only to share what the timeline of the different products might look like to show the results, but also to provide his own recommendations. Whether you’re looking for a new cleanser or a long-term solution for dark spots, read on to find out about Eggenberger’s top picks.
CeraVe Restoring Face Wash with Salicylic Acid
When it comes to cleansers, the results should be almost immediate. A cleanser is expected to remove makeup and dirt from the skin. After rinsing, there should be no fat and your skin should be soft and renewed.
Eggenberger recommends this CeraVe cleanser to be part of your daily routine.
Composed of salicylic acid, hyaluronic acid, niacinamide and antioxidant vitamin D, this cleanser is ideal for removing dead skin cells while hydrating the skin. Without harsh microbeads or fragrance, this cleanser is extremely gentle on the skin and non-irritating.
Avène Nourishing Revitalizing Cream
Hydration is extremely important for your skin, and finding the right one for your needs is essential. While it may seem tempting to swap out moisturizers if you’re not immediately thrilled with the results, Eggenberger recommends waiting two to four weeks before making the call. After this period, you can determine if your skin is staying constantly hydrated or if it’s time to say goodbye and try something new.
The nourishing cream above strengthens your skin’s natural defenses and replenishes lipids to restore a healthy skin barrier. it is recommended to apply this cream morning and evening on the face and neck previously cleansed.
EGF Bio-Renew Glo Skin Beauty Drops
The ultimate goal of any anti-wrinkle serum is increased firmness, reduced fine lines, and an even skin tone.
“If there is any promise for an instant effect, it just might be, but the effect will be superficial,” Eggenberger said. “The product has to change cellular behavior, so you can’t expect results in less than a few weeks.”
The serums, which should be used twice a day, will generally show results in four to six weeks, or a full skin cycle. Beyond this point, your skin should continue to improve. Eggenberger suggests taking a before and after photo to compare the quality of the results.
If you want to splurge on a quality serum, this super serum is a great choice. Designed to help restore the radiance of your skin, the serum works to strengthen and firm the skin. The formula is 100% vegan and contains bioactive peptides to help renew glow.
BYBI Supercharge Serum
If you’re looking for a more affordable option, Eggenberger recommends this BYBI serum that targets dull, patchy skin. This serum promotes natural cell renewal and is made from 100% natural ingredients such as prickly pear, jasmine, watermelon seed oil and more.
Dark spot reducer
La Roche-Posay Glycolic B5 Dark Spot Corrector
If you have acne scars or sun spots, a dark spot reducer is a great way to lessen the discoloration and make it invisible. To deal with this though, Eggenberger describes it as a marathon rather than a sprint. It often takes an average of two to three months for treatments to improve, and it becomes even more difficult during the summer months when the sun is working against you. To see the results you have to play the long game.
This lightweight glycolic acid serum from La Roche-Posay works well for multiple skin tones and helps reduce dark spots and discoloration to reveal brighter, more even skin.
Mighty Patch Acne Patches
When it comes to acne treatments, there are two avenues that you can take with very different time frames depending on your needs. If you want to use spot treatment, these are very concentrated and can be effective in just two to three days. If you are looking for longer term results for full clarity, it can take anywhere from four to 12 weeks. Beyond topical treatments, Eggenberger recommends eating a healthy diet, reducing your sugar intake, and washing your face twice a day.
A great spot treatment to try are these hydrocolloid stickers. No bursting required; just stick them on a pimple, go to sleep, and wake up with a visibly flattened pimple. In six hours, these patches shrink pimples and speed up the healing process.
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