Skincare Products: Waste of Time or Worth The Dime?
When you see a new skincare product that is promising to settle every problem you have ever had, then it’s tempting to just jump right in and go for it. The price tag might make you wince, but you’ve got a problem, and you’re willing to do what it takes to solve it.
Whatever the issue is – from rosacea, to sensitive skin, to those wrinkles that keep building up around your eyes – we all have a tendency to believe the latest bottle of snake oil (so to speak) is going to be the one that resolves it. However, this somewhat flies in the face of the fact that there’s so many products – if these things had been fixed by now, what’s with all the variety?
Could it possibly be the case that skincare products are all marketing and not enough actual scientific study? Or is something else at play here?
Problem #1: We’re Impatient
If you have ever tried a face cream that promised you eternal youth and then threw it away two weeks down the line, then you may have been too impatient. It hits us all: we expect instant results and we’re simply not prepared to wait for them.
This becomes problematic when we use skincare products because of cellular turnover. A product only has a chance to work when it can deal with newly grown cells; very few products can do anything about existing cell growth (and those that do are in the realm of cosmetic surgery, not topical products).
For this simple fact of biology, you should always give any product at least six weeks before you dismiss it as useless. This is especially true if you’re dealing with adult acne, products for which need at least two months to stand any chance of making a difference.
Problem #2: Everyone Is Different
This is a known fact to an extent. We don’t all buy the same products, for example. Some of us will target anti-aging treatments, other acne, and others will be looking for ideas to help with sensitive skin. So that’s an accepted fact: everyone has different body chemistry and different problems.
So why do we not accept that sometimes, a product just doesn’t work for us? It might not be a bad product; it might be outright revolutionary for some people. Just because something doesn’t work for you doesn’t mean it’s a dud. You can dismiss it, but dismissing all skincare is cutting off your nose to spite your face. You just haven’t found the right product yet.
Problem #3: Expensive Is Not Better
People have a tendency to see money meaning value and a higher quality. To an extent, that’s true: the components used in a $50 serum are probably of better quality than a $2 serum. But that doesn’t make them more effective. Just because a product costs a fortune no more guarantees you result than a lower-cost option. Often, you’re as much paying for a higher quality of packaging (glass versus plastic bottles, for example) as you are a better, more efficient product. Try things from every price point until you find something that works for you.
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