Whether you’re a skin-care newbie or giving your current routine a much-needed overhaul, shopping for a new arsenal of beauty products can be a lot of fun. But before you run home and tear open the packaging, it’s important to have realistic expectations of when you’ll start seeing results.
As a general rule, it takes up to 2 weeks to see results if you’re starting a brand new beauty program. How well you’ve taken care of your skin in the past plays an important role in how quickly you’ll see the beauty benefits of your new products. “If someone has been using good skin care products for a long time and has taken good care of their skin, their results will be not be as noticeable or as quick as someone who hasn’t done much at all,” explains Dr. Carl R. Thornfeldt, CEO and Founder of Epionce Skin Care. Different products also have their own timetable for visible results (for example, it takes to 6 weeks to see the anti-aging benefits of products that cause skin irritation)
Another thing to keep in mind? Getting the beautiful skin we want is a process. “I tell my patients that this is a process where you have to deal with the damage first,” Dr. Thornfedlt says. “We have to turn off the damaging process that is happening in the skin first, and this takes a period of time. Once the damaging process is halted, then the skin can start the rejuvenation process. The skin then needs to be in the rejuvenating process for a while before you can visibly see results.”