It’s ever so tempting to switch body care products before we’ve completely used all of the products that we have at home. The shiny packages, promises of clear and youthful skin along with our natural compulsion to spend money all create a compulsion to spend that’s hard to resist. So, we’ll buy one more moisturizer, face mask, hair gel, etc. and add it to our collection. Before we know it, there’s hundreds of dollars of product sitting in our medicine cabinets or underneath our sinks. Although our full spaces are pretty and visually fulfilling, many of these products are going to waste because we’re not using them all.
Believe it or not, frequently switching products may not be good for your skin. In fact, you could be causing more harm and than benefit to your complexion, natural glow and hydration. To ensure that you can realize your best possible skin, here’s some information to consider:
- Skin creates new cells every 28 days. This number increases to 40 days as you get older. So, it’s recommended that a product be used for at least 30-42 days in order to really see its benefits. Stopping use any earlier than that is a waste of product and your time.
- Skin requires an adjustment period when introduced to new ingredients. This time varies by a person’s health, diet and use of a consistent body care regimen. Although you may not realize any changes within the first days of product use, your skin is receiving and already started adjusting to the active ingredients.
- Skin reacts to ingredients, not brands. Several brands may make the same promise but will use different ingredients; thus, each brand (product) would likely provide varying results. If you must switch products frequently, look for products that contain the same ingredients. This will ensure that your skin is receiving and responding to the same ingredients, without any interruptions or new adjustment period.
Buying the next new and trendy product on the market and adding it to your collection may be exciting. But, on average, studies have shown that we waste approx. 50% of food each year. That rate is the same (if not a little higher) for the amount of our body care products that we throw away. This practice of wasting products is costly to the environment (not recycling the containers); to our wallets; and, our skin.