Good things may come to those who wait, but most of us want a quick fix, especially when it comes to skincare. We want to see better, glowier skin in the time it takes to pop the cap back on our latest serum. And products can give an instant boost – plumping and smoothing, exfoliating dull dead skin cells or pepping up jaded complexions with optical brighteners. But these results are temporary, or superficial. Long-lasting change at a cellular level takes persistence and a consistent daily routine. With anti-aging and brightening products especially the best results often kick in after 8-12 weeks.
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…Hydration
A good moisturizer packed with ingredients such as hyaluronic acid, glycerin and nourishing plant oils can give dramatic results almost instantly by replacing hydration, softening, and strengthening the natural barrier. At around two weeks you’ll begin to see skin retain moisture noticeably longer, and redness and sensitivity reduce as the newly effective barrier keeps irritants out and skin soft and supple.
Optimal results: 2 weeks
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Slow and steady wins this race. Collagen and elastin are fibres that help keep skin looking plump, bouncy and youthful. As we age, and especially after menopause, the body naturally produces less leading to lines and wrinkles. Sun damage also wreaks havoc, causing around 90% of all visible skin changes by creating free radicals which damage elastin fibers. Ingredients such as retinol alternative bakuchiol are scientifically proven to rebuild collagen and increase cell turnover, smoothing out fine lines and wrinkles, resurfacing skin and improving elasticity. However, the skin’s renewal process takes time, and results come at around six weeks, with the best effects at 12 weeks.
Optimal results: 12 weeks
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Brightening products work by reducing melanin production and preventing pigmented cells from reaching the surface. The epidermis, or top layer of the skin, turns over roughly every 30 days and 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
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Pores often look larger than they are when they’re inflammed, and regular exfoliation will help 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
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