Have you ever thought something like this:
“I’ve tried so many skin care products to lighten my skin (or to improve my wrinkles or to cure my acne), and none made even a tiny bit of a difference. The entire skin care industry is one giant money-sucking scam.”
Indeed, ads don’t tell you the whole truth and there are a lot of ineffective products available at the market.
Before you say that nothing works, you should know that half of your skin care success is in how you apply the products.
Skin is a dynamic system whose condition and properties depend on environmental temperature, humidity, air pollutions, sun radiation and other factors.
Therefore, the skin’s ability to absorb topically products can vary greatly.
The effectiveness of the product (a cream, gel, serum or lotion) depends on:
- first, whether active ingredients work,
- and second, whether they penetrate into your skin deeply enough and in sufficient amounts.
So, what should you do if the most of skin care products you’ve tried disappointed you?
There are 7 ways to improve the situation
- Cleanse your skin thoroughly before applying skin care products.
Yes, it is obvious, but make sure you do it right.
The best time to apply skin care product is after a warm shower or bath because your skin is clean and also thoroughly moist.
This makes your skin be able to absorb whatever you apply to it. It is also reasonable to clean your face at once when you return to home if you live in a big city.
CAUTION: Do not take a hot shower or bath, because excessive heat accelerates skin aging. The water should be comfortably warm but not hot.
TIP: If you plan to use potentially comedogenic product, finish by splashing cool (not cold) water on your face in order to close pores.
Also, don’t spend too much time in the shower to avoid excessive exposure to chlorine in the water.
- When cleansing your skin, don’t use regular soap, it is too drying.
You should use a good moisturizing soap, like Dove Moisturizing Soap, a gel or a cleaning lotion.
- Apply most products when your skin is wet.
Active ingredients can penetrate better when they are dissolved.
Just pat a little your skin with a towel after you washed it and then apply a product.
- Before applying a product, make sure your skin isn’t cold.
Warm skin has a better ability to absorb active ingredients.
You can use a warm towel if needed.
- The uppermost corneal layer of the skin is composed mostly of dry, dead cells.
If this layer becomes too thick, active ingredients of a skin care product can not penetrate deeply enough to have an effect.
The using of gentle scrub provides you mild exfoliation, makes your skin radiant and provides a good absorption of active skin care ingredients.
CAUTION: don’t overdo it! This may do more harm than good to your skin. You should use facial scrub 1-2 times a week. If your skin is oily you can use it more than 2 times a week but don’t use facial scrub if you have pimples or your skin is very sensitive.
- The way you apply a cream, serum or a skin toner is very important.
Use short, firm strokes with your middle and ring fingers; move them along the face massage lines.
Do not stretch the skin. Do not rub.
After applying, gently tap the area with your fingers for half a minute.
- The result takes patience!
Skin changes do not happen rapidly. The cells of the epidermis replace every four weeks.
Changes in the dermis, the deeper layer where wrinkles originate, usually take longer.
Therefore, a reasonable trial period for anti-aging or anti-wrinkle product is about 2-3 month and for the rest – 2-4 weeks.
Keep in mind that slow and gradual changes are not so easy to notice, so you may think that a product is not effective even when it is working.