Everyone knows pampering yourself with new products can be fun and exciting (spa night anyone?) but since your skin can react to drastic changes to your skin care regimen, a little caution is in order. So that’s why we’ve prepared the following guide to introducing new skin care products into your routine:
Step 1: Introduce new products one at a time.
Stick to your current regimen while introducing new products one at a time. This way you can tell which product is having an effect on your skin, good or bad.
Step 2: Patch test
For cleansers and physical exfoliators, you can skip to Step 3, but for essences, serums, moisturizers or anything else left on your skin and not immediately washed off, we suggest you patch test the products first. You’ll want to choose a small area (think: dime-sized) to test how your skin reacts to a certain product. Depending on your concern, we recommend the following areas:
- For skin that’s sensitive to allergic reactions or irritation, patch test behind your ear.
- For skin that’s prone to breakouts or clogged pores, patch test in the area where you experience symptoms the most. We suggest the lower cheek or jawline if you have hormonal breakouts.
Some allergic reactions can happen within minutes, but irritation and breakouts can take 2-3 days or longer to appear. Patch test for as long as you feel comfortable and if all goes well, you can move onto Step 3.
Step 3: Monitor for 1 to 2 weeks
Include the new product into your normal everyday routine and monitor its effects over the course of 1 to 2 weeks. Positive effects may take longer to see, while any negative reactions should be noticeable during this time.
The introduction process isn’t as long or complicated as it sounds, but it is an integral part of creating your new skin care regimen. If you need help documenting your progress, we’ve created a skin care journal that’s included in our Essentials Kit and is available to purchase separately here. Good luck on your journey to better skin!