I came across an interesting quote by UK dermatologist, Dr. Sam Bunting, in one of her videos. She says this – “Your skin does not need entertainment.”
I liked the quote.
It described me to a T. LOL!
This was Dr. Sam’s response to a question as to whether you have to change your skincare products from time to time. Her expert and professional view is that you should not product hop, or change products too often, so you can reap the benefits of each product you use.
Yet, how many of us are guilty of product hopping? *raises hands sheepishly* Are you?
Slow and steady wins the race
When it comes to using skincare products with active ingredients, Dr. Sam takes the position that you must give it time, and progress slowly, to allow your skin to reap the most benefits from these active ingredients.
This is true in particular, when using ingredients like retinol. The benefits of using retinol aren’t quick. They take time to show, as it works with your skin renewal cycle. You cannot, and should not expect results overnight. Often, results with regular retinol use only shows up after 3-4 months.
I understand that, which is why I have taken my time with products that contain retinol, acids or Vitamin C – active ingredients that I currently use and focus on using.
Most products will last you about 2-3 months, if you use them up fully. This allows you enough time to see (or not see) results.
Thereafter, you are supposed to continue using them, to build up your skin tolerance, or to continue reaping the benefits, or even to derive more benefits from the product, or ingredient.
However, what happens very often, not only to me, but to many people is this – boredom.
Guilty of product-hopping!
I cannot speak for anyone else, but I do get a little bored using the same product over and over for months on end. As much as I enjoy using a product, be it a sensorial pleasure or because it’s effective, I find my attention wandering, especially when there’s something new and exciting in the market.
I admit also that it is the peril of what I do as a blogger. I am bombarded with new and newer products all the time, that I feel obliged, or inclined to try out. Some are a hit. Some are a miss.
But what I do is product hop, and that might not be the smartest thing to do.
There is also that perception that a product doesn’t feel as effective after a while.
I suppose this phenomenon is what Dr. Sam means, when she says that our skin does not need entertainment.
As a reader Maja often reminds me, skincare is like training for a marathon. You must keep building your pace, and when you hit your plateau, do something to take the training up a notch, so you hit your stride for the long run. Not hope for a quick sprint and quick results.
Not having run a marathon (and with no intention to do so LOL!) I cannot add to that, save to say that I think it makes a lot of sense. We should be sticking to our skincare products and percentage of efficacy of active ingredients, prepping our skin for the long term.
Slowing down on the product hopping
What I have noticed with myself in recent times, is a marked slow down in my product hopping. I now stick to using certain products for longer. Till they finish, at any rate. Sometimes, I *gasp* even continue with a fresh bottle! 😛
I do still hop around, in that I don’t use the exact same products in the exact same sequence every day (which Dr. Sam says you should). But I am a little more dedicated to the products that I do use, and to finish them.
For this reason, I have found myself in a little bit of a quandary.
Not being so fickle means that I try fewer new products than I did before. I accept far fewer new products to try these days as well, which bodes well for my new resolve.
However, this also means that it puts a bit of a cramp in my blogging routine. You may notice fewer reviews of new skincare products, or that I’m slower to talk about new products in the market.
The reason is a practical one. I have found my groove, as far as skincare is concerned, and I am quite careful in my product selection now. Products that might have interested me in the past no longer do.
Ultimately however, I do have to remember that as much as I love blogging and sharing reviews of skincare I use and try, I am also realistic. My skin health comes first.
So product hopping will slow. Product reviews will slow.
But hopefully, that doesn’t change anything. I’ll try to make up for it in other ways 😉
But now, it’s your turn to tell me about YOU!
Are you guilty of product hopping?
Go on, tell me! 😀