5 Things to Know Before Using a New Skincare Product

Opening a brand-new bag of cosmetics seems like an excuse to celebrate your birthday whenever you choose. Starting something new, whether it’s a new diet, gym routine, or skincare regimen, is always thrilling. Many people have turned to skincare regimens and trying out new products as a way to stay healthy throughout the pandemic. While a product may work well on the skin of a friend, it may not work the same way on yours. Because everyone’s skin is distinct and reacts to products differently, skincare is not a “one-size-fits-all” solution.

Since it’s our skin that does most of the talking we need to be extra cautious when introducing it to new products. We’ve put together some pointers to help you incorporate a new skincare product into your regimen — from picking the appropriate one to effectively introducing it, we’ve got you covered!

  • Know Your Skin Type

Before purchasing a new product, it is critical to understand your skin type. It is vital to select a product that is appropriate for your skin’s texture.

Normal Skin – This is the ideal skin type, with enough moisture and no severe skin issues.

Dry skin – It has a tight appearance and is prone to fine wrinkles and flakiness.

Oily Skin – It is more susceptible to breakouts.

Combination Skin – It is a mix of dry or normal skin on the face with an oiled-on T-zone, which includes the forehead, nose, and jaw.

Sensitive Skin – It reacts easily to redness, irritation, and breakout-causing products.

Experiment to determine your skin type. First, the face should be cleansed with a mild cleanser and patted dry. Then, allow 30 minutes to see how it turns out. The skin is dry if it feels tight and strained. It’s combination skin if the T-zone seems slightly brighter than the rest of the face. It is oily skin if the oiliness is more pronounced.

  • Read the Ingredient List

Study your key skin troubles once you’ve discovered your skin type. Choose a product that is appropriate for your skin type and will help you solve your skin problems without causing any side effects.

Examine the active substances, when reviewing the ingredients. Determine that products that last longer, such as moisturizers and serums, are more likely to cause reactions than ones that are washed off, like cleansers and scrubs.

Look for ingredients like Rhassoul Clay, Multani mitti, neem oil and aloe vera in treatments that target pimple treatment. Calendula flower, Hyaluronic acid, Vitamin C, and green tea are effective anti-ageing ingredients. Avoid products containing ‘fragrance’ as a component and go for non-comedogenic products that won’t close pores.

  • Do a Spot Experiment

Always perform a patch test first, regardless of your skin type. Active components in products can create irritation or aggravate your skin issues.

It is not enough to just read the instructions, labels, or reviews to ascertain the product’s effect on the skin. To check for a reaction, apply a small amount of product to a less visible place, such as the inside elbow, and wait 24 hours. If you experience a stinging sensation, the product may not be suitable for you. 

Stop using the product right away if you experience any type of reaction, such as redness, stinging, itching, or rash. Apply cold milk or yoghurt to the afflicted region for 15 minutes. Consult your doctor if it doesn’t clear up in a few hours. But, when testing products containing vitamin C, glycolic acid, salicylic acid, or AHAs, keep in mind that you may feel a tingling sensation.

  • Apply in the Right Order

 Generally, the right order for skincare is a cleanser, toner, serum (water-based), spot treatment, moisturiser, sunscreen/night cream. The basic rule is to always apply products from thinnest to thickest to ensure that the product is effectively absorbed in the skin. 

To avoid everything becoming one sticky mess, always wait for the first product to dry before moving on to the next. Make sure you add chemical-free products to your skincare routine because some chemical-based products don’t mix well. AHAs and retinol, Vitamin C and retinoids, for example, are terrible combos. Vitamins and retinol, for example, can be used at various times of the day rather than in the same routine.

  • Introduce Gradually & Give your skin time to ease into your new regiment

Pay close attention to how your skin reacts to a new product or regimen when you first begin using it. Examine your skin for dryness, flaking, redness, and, of course, acne. When your skin becomes dry, red, and irritated as a result of a product, such as acne creams and topical retinoids, this is to be expected. Reduce the number of times you apply it: Begin with one to three times each week. Allow your skin to adjust to it by waiting a few days between applications.

Another thing to keep in mind is that you should not introduce a new skincare product shortly before a major event, such as a wedding or a festival. Allow at least a month before the event to allow your skin to recuperate if something goes wrong.

Lastly, while a product may work beautifully on a friend’s skin, it may not have the same effect on your skin type; this simply means that the product is not right for you and you should try something else. So, go on! Unapologetically, find the products that are meant for your skin!