It’s always interesting to begin something different. We should take great care of your skin and try some new products. We all like to try new products, but you better be cautious about your precious skin. Let’s discuss some tips here before trying new skincare products in your routine.
What things should you know before using a new skincare product?
Understand your skin type
Most importantly, before starting searching for a new product, understand your skin type well. There are usually five broad kinds of skin types, and most of you have skin in either of these kinds or in between them.
Normal Skin – It’s the perfect skin type, with enough moisture and no extreme skin problems.
Dry Skin – Dry skin is defined by flaky and uneven texture. Sometimes you feel tight and irritated.
Oily Skin – It has an oilier appearance and is more likely to break out. Excess sebum production is a reason for oily skin.
Combination Skin – Combination skin is a mix of oily and dry skin. Usually, the T-zone seems oily and the cheeks seem dry.
Sensitive Skin – This may react quickly to products with redness, inflammation, or breakouts.
Know your skin type by an experiment. Wash your face with a soft cleanser and dry gently. Let it be for 20-30 minutes and see how it appears as described above.
Check the ingredients
After you correctly recognize your skin type, then analyze your main skin issues. It’s necessary to pick a product that suits your skin type and can cure your skin issues without creating any opposing effects.
While checking the ingredient list, see the active ingredients. The products that hold on more, such as moisturizers and serums, may have the chance of having more effectiveness compared to products that we use for washing off, like cleansers and scrubs.
Coconut oil, shea butter, argan oil, jojoba, castor oil, cedarwood, Multani Mitti, neem, carrot-seed oil, tea-tree oil, almond oil, Mulethi, coffee, papaya, lemon, walnut, lemongrass, charcoal, vetiver, aloe vera are some of the fine and safe natural ingredients that you can find in the best skincare products.
Do a patch test
After researching and choosing your product, always make sure to do a patch test first before using it. Many of you skip this step, and most of you do not have an issue, but it’s necessary for those with sensitive skin or with particular skin issues like eczema. Only a patch test may tell you how the product is going to work on your skin.
Apply a small volume of the product on an area that’s not noticeable but still visible. You can apply it to your inner elbow and wait for 24 hours to see a reaction. If everything looks fine, do a patch test behind your ear and wait for another 24 hours. If the product is not harmful, then it’s safe to use on your face.
Suppose if you feel any kind of effect, like redness, irritation, itching, or rash, discontinue using the product immediately. You can apply cold milk or yogurt to the affected area and let it sit for 15 minutes. If it is not answered in a few hours, consult your doctor immediately.
Apply in the correct order.
If you already have a stable skincare routine, and you are planning to start a new product with it, confirm you’re including it in the right order. The basic practice to use products is, from the thinnest to the thickest order. So the products can be effectively absorbed. Also, you can check the directions on the pack thoroughly.
Better wait for the primary product to dry before applying the next product to prevent all of them from turning into one sticky blend. Be concerned about the ingredients you are adding to your skincare routine as a few don’t go well together. So, you can use them at various times of the day than at the same time. Use vitamins in the day and retinol at night.
Beginning a new product is interesting, but it’s necessary to restrict your interest and introduce the new product gradually into your skincare routine. Although you have patch tested the product, it’s advised to use the new product once in five days in the initial stage.
If you introduce more than one new product into your routine at the same time, in case you do react, it will be hard to recognize which one is causing it. Also, so many new active ingredients at once may be powerful for your skin too. So, it is better to start with one product, give it around two weeks to work, and if it goes well, introduce the following products.
Remember that you shouldn’t start a new skincare product immediately before any major event, like a wedding or a festival. Give a time gap of at least a month before the event so that your skin has sufficient time to improve on the off chance that something is mistaken.
How do you know if a skincare product is working or not?
It’s normally very simple to tell if a skincare product is for you or not. If you feel dryness and flakiness, or redness and inflammation, then it’s better to stop applying it.
Also, don’t be upset if you can’t see the effects right away. It normally takes 1-2 months for noticeable differences to show. So you should continue it for better results.