New Year, Glowing Skin: How to safely add new products to your skincare routine

Jan 16, 2023

friends celebrating with 2023 balloons

2023 is finally here and we’re excited for the experiences and fun possibilities ahead. It’s the season of change, new milestones, and new year’s resolutions.

Let’s paint a scenario for you: you’ve got your list and on top of that is better self-care and healthier skin. You probably have everything you need, your gym membership, a sparkling new water flask, and a whole range of skincare products that you’ve never tried before—products that you’re thrilled to put into use.

While we understand how exciting it is to try new products that swear to give you that glowing glass skin, it’s better to be careful about immediately adding them to your skincare routine. And that’s why we’re here—we have a simple and easy guide to help you do this safely.


1. Do your research.

First ask the question: Is this what my skin needs? Different types of skin require different ingredients and products. We know it’s tempting to try trending brands and “holy grail” products especially if they show photo and video results, but it is always better to heed what your skin needs. Start with identifying your skin type.

different skin types from skinexpert


Next, ask yourself: What are the reviews? This is especially helpful if you can find reviews from people with the same skin type as yours. While your experiences may still differ, these can help give you an idea on how your skin may react to the product.


2. Patch test before anything else.

Patch testing is a simple and safe way to try new skincare products especially if you’re trying those with ingredients that you are unaccustomed to using like retinol and direct acids (vitamin C, hyaluronic acid, salicylic acid, etc.). Here's how you can patch test:

Step 1
Apply the product on an area on your inner arm that is hidden but still easy to access. Wait for 24 hours before rinsing.
Step 2
If nothing happens after your first test, you can move to your neck or jawline. Again, wait 24 hours before rinsing.
Step 3
Lastly, try a small spot on your face and see how your skin reacts.


3. Introduce the new product slowly.

After your successful patch testing, it’s time to finally try the product on your face. However, slow and steady wins the race. Start by using it once a week then gradually increase the frequency of use to its recommended application. Remember, don’t overuse it.


4. Try one new product at a time.

We get it, shopping for new skincare products can be so exciting and satisfying. However, before you use your whole new treat-yourself haul, let’s step on the brakes and try them one by one. This means you need to choose one product first and then you can introduce the next new thing. Using two or more at the same time makes it difficult for you to determine which product benefits or causes problems for your skin.


5. Wait and be patient.

*Taps the sign* Slow and steady wins the race. Again, be patient when it comes to trying new skincare products. The average person’s skin cycle takes about 4 to 6 weeks so it’s best to give it time to work before concluding if your new skincare is a win or a flop. Read our blog on how long it takes for your skincare to work to learn more.


6. Be consistent.

In addition to patience, consistency is key to safely introducing your new skincare product to your routine. Stick to its recommended usage and frequency.


7. Pay close attention to your skin.

One important thing to do when trying new skincare is observing. Always check how your skin looks or feels during your trial period.


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Safely introducing new skincare products can be boiled down to patience, consistency, and research. Good habits breed better and healthier skin. We hope you have a great time improving and developing your skincare routine! It’s hashtag #GlowingSkin2023 after all.


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