If you’re new to skincare, you might be questioning yourself on how long you should be waiting for a new product you use to show visible results on your skin. In this article we are going to breakdown down some of the benefits of the most common ingredients and how long does it take for them to actually work. However, before we start, it is important to remember that skincare is a long-life commitment to taking care of your skin, so it does require a lot of consistency and patience.
Get the know the ingredients and their set of benefits
Each ingredient usually has its own set of benefits. For example, niacinamide, the jack of all trades in skincare has multiple benefits such as anti-inflammatory, skin barrier-strengthening, brightening, and also antioxidant. Depending on the intended benefit, you may feel the results at different times. For their skin-barrier strengthening benefits may be visible in a matter of 2 weeks. Meanwhile, for their brightening effect, it may only be visible after 8 weeks of consistent use. The same rule applies to other ingredients, so we will break them down depending on the intended function of the ingredient.
Factors that may cause variations
All these times mentioned above aren’t absolute (all written in ranges) and may vary from person to person depending on several factors, such as:
- 1. The degree of every skin issue
There are different degrees of acne severity. Therefore, it requires a different time span to see visible results in comparison with mild acne. The same thing with hyperpigmentation, some hyperpigmentation is deeper than the other.
- 2. The consistency or frequency of use
Some people religiously use their products, some use them sporadically only when they remember to apply them. The frequency of use will definitely affect how quickly it shows the result on your skin.
- 3. The formulation of the products
It is very unlikely for a product to only contain one active ingredient in their product, some use a blend of ingredients that can optimize the results, therefore you can see visible results quicker than you expected.
Be patient and consistent are key
Skincare requires patient and consistency. We can’t expect overnight results and we should not be putting too much pressure on our skincare products to provide instant visible results. Although it takes time, it is a process that our skin should go through in order to become better. Just like a butterfly. Enjoy the process and have fun with it! Your skin will forever thank you.