Here’s Why Your Skincare Products are Not Working


Skincare is not magic!

Everyone begins their skincare journey assuming that their skin will instantly get better. But guess what? It’s not Harry Potter. It’s really frustrating, but there could be a few reasons and habits why your skincare isn’t working or you aren’t seeing any results. Some of them are mentioned below.

1. Every product/ingredient takes its sweet time

Apart from your cleanser and sunscreen, other products and ingredients take several weeks to work. If you are using a vitamin C serum and want your dark spots to fade away immediately, then we are sorry to pop your bubble, but that’s not possible. The thing is, you need different ingredients and products to address different skin concerns, which means they are also going to take different amounts of time to work and show results. Here is a simple breakdown of active ingredients and how long they take to work.

  • vitamin C: 6-12 weeks
  • AHAs: 2-4 weeks
  • BHAs: 2-4 weeks
  • Retinol: 4-24 weeks
  • Niacinamide: 2-12 weeks

Be consistent and give your products a chance to work.

2. You are using the wrong treatment

Another reason why you aren’t seeing any results is that you might be using the wrong treatments for wrong skin concerns. For example, people with oily, acne-prone skin shouldn’t use conditioning oils and shea butters and people with dry skin shouldn’t use high percentages of salicylic acid or benzoyl peroxide because they are not made for them. Read the ingredient list before buying a product and learn which ones are good for your skin.


3. You are using too many skincare products at the same time

In order to ‘fix your skin’ in the least amount of time, you might be hoarding onto a lot of products and using them all at the same time. Give your skin a break and cut down all of your active products. You might not realise it, but your skin could be overly sensitised with all the treatments. Stick to the basics like cleanser, moisturiser and sunscreen for a few weeks and see how your skin responds to that. Once your skin barrier is repaired, slowly introduce your active products one by one. But remember, don’t rush it!

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