Good things may come to those who wait, but most of us want a quick fix when it comes to skincare. We want glowier skin in the time it takes to pop the cap back on our latest serum.
Products can give an instant boost by plumping, exfoliating dull skin cells or pepping up jaded complexions with optical brighteners. But the results are temporary and superficial. Long-lasting change at a cellular level takes persistence and a consistent daily routine.
Here’s why it pays to play the long game with skincare and give your products time to work before you ditch them for something new…
HydrationA good moisturizer packed with ingredients like hyaluronic acid, glycerin and nourishing plant oils can give dramatic results almost instantly by hydrating, softening and replenishing the natural barrier. By around two weeks you’ll start to see skin retain moisture longer. Redness and sensitivity will reduce as the newly effective barrier keeps irritants out and skin soft and supple.
Optimal results: 2 weeks
Try this: Six Gldn Essential Moisturizer
Anti-agingSlow and steady wins this race. Collagen and elastin are what help keep skin looking plump, bouncy and youthful. As we age, and especially after menopause, the body naturally produces less so we start to see lines and wrinkles. Sun damage also wreaks havoc, causing around 90% of all visible skin changes. What ingredients can kickstart collagen? Natural retinol alternative bakuchiol is proven to rebuild collagen and increase cell turnover. It smooths out fine lines and wrinkles, resurfaces skin and improves elasticity. However, the skin’s renewal process takes time. Results come at around six weeks, with the best effects at 12 weeks.
Optimal results: 12 weeks
Sun spots & hyperpigmentationBrightening products work by reducing melanin production and preventing pigmented cells from reaching the surface of skin. The top layer of the skin, the epidermis, turns over roughly every 30 days. The dermis, the deepest layer, takes even longer. You need to allow around three 30-day cycles for changes in the dermis to take effect and dark spots to fade. Studies have shown the best results come at about 8-12 weeks. Always think of brightening as a 90-day program complete with daily SPF to prevent pigment reoccurring.
Optimal results: 12 weeks
Large poresPores often look larger when they’re inflammed. Regular exfoliation helps unclog oil and debris, making them look smaller. When pores have been permanently enlarged or scarred by blemishes it takes around eight weeks to rebuild collagen fibers and lessen the appearance permanently.
Optimal results: 8-12 weeks
Try this: Six Gldn Botanical Toner