Whether you’re a beauty blogger, skin care junkie, or just wanting to switch up your routine, incorporating new products into your routine can be daunting. I remember (many years ago) when I would order a ton of new things at once. And would literally create a completely new routine with everything I just got… big mistake! My skin reacted. I’m not one of those people who is blessed with resilient, well-behaved skin. I have sensitive skin. So, I can’t do things like that. I have to pace myself and not fall fast for new products.
I take my time and put in the necessary work to ensure I’m using what’s right for my skin and overall wellness. Heres’ how I incorporate a new product in four steps:
- Know your skin and learn about new product ingredients. This information is fundamental when shopping for new products. It can be tempting to try a new product when I see it flooding my social media feed, but I do research before purchasing. I know what ingredients my skin can and can’t handle because I want to quickly eliminate products from my radar and, ultimately, my beauty cabinet. Avoiding products that I know have triggered a negative reaction, or given bad results in the past is one of the best ways to protect my skin.
- Test the product on your skin. Once I’ve checked the ingredients and am confident that I’m not reintroducing a trigger, I do a patch test on the back of my hand or behind my ear. This prevents me from smearing a potentially triggering product all over my face and causing an outbreak. Trust me, I’ve done this many time! Once I confirm that the product did not cause a negative reaction, I then think about where the product will best fit into my routine. I’m a blogger and I do have to test out many things so, I have become pretty good at this part. If I’m testing something out during the daytime I will keep the nighttime routine very familiar (and vise versa). For the most part I tend to keep my morning routine more simple than my nighttime routine.
- Introduce one new product at a time. An important part of introducing a new product into a beauty routine, especially for beginners, is to only introduce one new product at a time. Introducing multiple new products at one time, I will not know what product caused a reaction (or didn’t work at all). Introducing multiple products at once can trigger a negative skin reaction itself. For example, if I’m testing out a new serum and moisturizer at the same time, my skin could look incredible. But, how do I know which product caused this? It could be a result of using both or just one. If I introduce one new product at a time, I’m better able to determine if the product is working or not.
- Know when to introduce a new product. A big mistake I’ve made in the past is introducing new products when my skin is freaking out. It’s natural to panic and run to the store and grab new things to try and treat a negative skin reaction. However, this is not the best time to introduce a new product. There can be many things that are causing your skin to act up. Sudden changes in temperature/weather, exposure to hot water, medication, increase in stress levels can all cause my skin to react negatively. So, it’s best to test out new products when my skin is in a comfortable state. This practice also gives me a good idea of how well the new product is working.
Many skincare experts will tell you that it takes products a few weeks to start “working”. If you’re expecting overnight results from non-active products then you’ll need to have a bit more patience. If you’re not experiencing any negative results from the product then give your skin some time to adjust to it. If you’re having redness, rashes, irritation, or sensitivity then it is best to discontinue usage of the product. Our skin is great at communicating to us that something isn’t right. So be sure to examine your skin regularly, even if you’re not testing a new product. Knowing your skin is important to better identify when a product is right for you.
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