Managing certain skin conditions or even maintaining the appearance of a smooth, radiant complexion can be frustrating if it seems like your skincare products simply aren’t working. But if you’ve already consulted your dermatologist and received his or her best recommendations for the most effective ingredients for your skin, what’s left to do? Before giving up on your dermatologist-recommended skincare regimen, try implementing these four tips into your routine to help maximize the effectiveness of your products.
Exfoliation is the process of removing the outer layer of skin cells and other debris from the surface of your skin. Although the skin naturally sheds this outer layer, in a process called desquamation, it’s sometimes necessary to accelerate or aid this process through various external methods (The International Dermal Institute). There are a number of at-home facial scrubs, cleansing devices and bath poufs that are designed for this purpose, as well as a variety of professional exfoliation treatments such as microdermabrasion and chemical peels.
By removing the built-up layer of skin cells, dirt, oil, makeup and other impurities, you may improve the effectiveness of your skincare products. This is because exfoliating the skin allows the molecules that make up skincare ingredients to work better within the skin.
2. Store Properly
While it might be convenient to keep your skincare products within arm’s reach, whether piled on your bathroom countertop or on a shelf in the shower, these aren’t necessarily the best places to keep your products. Many ingredients can become less effective or even inactivated by certain environmental conditions, including being stored in warm, damp locations or being exposed to the sun or air.
Vitamin C is a good example of an ingredient that can be very effective when applied to the skin, yet can be rendered much less effective if packaged or stored improperly. Exposure to light, heat, or air can break down vitamin C, so products that contain this ingredient need to be stored in a cool, dark container and location to optimize their efficacy (International Journal of Chemical and Biomolecular Science).
3. Know Which Ingredients to Combine
Just as the packaging and storage of a certain skincare ingredient can render it more or less effective, the way that various ingredients are combined can have a profound effect on the efficacy of the product as a whole. Sunscreens and antioxidants, for example, can be great complementary ingredients, whereas other combinations such as retinol and benzoyl peroxide can counteract each other’s benefits.
Similarly, alpha hydroxy acids and certain retinoids have traditionally been used for their anti-aging benefits, but they can lead to skin irritation. When combined into one formula, however, these ingredients form a double conjugated retinoid that helps to improve the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles and sagging skin without the irritation. AlphaRet™ Overnight Cream FACE by skinbetter science is the first product that successfully combines these two ingredients for a complete approach to anti-aging.
In addition to the correct combination of ingredients, the order in which you apply each product matters, too. Skinbetter science Intensive Treatment LINES, for instance, should always be applied before Daily Treatment Cream FACE for maximum effectiveness. When used together and in the right order, these two treatment creams can offer a comprehensive approach to minimizing the appearance of lines and wrinkles while improving the look of skin radiance.
4. Use Regularly
Finally, it’s important to remember that no skin condition is going to be resolved or improved overnight. In fact, many products require a few weeks of regular application before you may begin to see their effects, but this doesn’t mean that they’re not working. Be sure to give your skincare products enough time to be able to do their job, especially if your dermatologist has recommended or prescribed certain treatments. If, after four to six weeks of using a product, you don’t notice an improvement in the appearance of the skin’s tone and texture, or if your condition worsens, talk with your dermatologist.
The Bottom Line
While many people may be using the best skincare ingredients available, they may not be seeing the results that they’re looking for. Combine the use of the most appropriate ingredients for your skin with these four key tips for maximizing their effectiveness to help you achieve the smooth, radiant results you want. Keep in mind, too, that working with a skincare professional is often a great first step to finding the right products for you.