Do skincare products ever stop working?

Have you been using the same skincare products for years? You know the ones – once your go to products to fix your skin woes. 

But now are you looking in the mirror wondering why your skin doesn’t look as good as it once did and wondering why your favourite products aren’t performing on the big stage?

Have they stopped working?

Can skincare products with carefully created ingredients, carefully selected and combined to tackle pigmentation, or minimise the appearance of fine lines suddenly stop doing their job?

Has your skin gotten used to something and built up some sort of tolerance?

In short, the answer is no … but please keep reading to find out what’s going on.

What actually happens - the needs of your skin change so your skincare products need to change too.

When you start using a product, you see results after about a month when the skin cells have turned over. By continuing to use the product, you’re maintaining those results. The product has worked and is doing its job. If you want more or better results, you have to go for something stronger or containing different ingredients. The product you’ve been using has done the best it’s going to.

You can still continue to use the products you have been to maintain the state of your skin, but maybe add in something extra, to combat your skin concerns.

As we get older, skin loses elasticity and collagen – the two things that keep skin looking plump and youthful.

The reality is, the cleanser you used as a teenager to moisturise and prevent breakouts is not going to be the right one for you in your 30s. You have different skin concerns.

The cleanser or moisturiser you use in Summer when the air is humid, isn’t even the right one to use in Winter when the cold temperatures and wind cause our skin to dry out. 

You might go on holiday where the climate is different so will need to adapt your skincare routine here too.

We all have our favourite brands and love a certain ingredient but we just can’t be too sentimental.  

Here are a few products and ingredients to consider using if you’re not seeing the results you’re after.

Retinol is a powerhouse ingredient for tackling fine lines, wrinkles and dark spots. It is pretty potent so note the percentage of retinol on the bottle and start slow. Use it once a week, then twice a week – but usually no more than that. Only use it at night as it makes skin more sensitive to the sun which means you’ll also need to wear sunscreen during the day.

Don’t use retinol if you’re pregnant, breastfeeding or trying for a baby. 

A Vitamin C serum tackles pigmentation and dark spots and you can always add in a shake of Vitamin C powder for anything a little more stubborn.

Consider a thicker, more nourishing night cream that will hydrate and with anti-ageing ingredients too. Hyaluronic acid is probably the best hydration boosting ingredient out there and one of my favourites. 

If you think you’ve tried everything and are still not happy, the only options I can think of for you would be the Botox or filler route. Beyond that we’re getting into facelift territory.