Has this ever happened to you?
You use a new product containing a new fabulous ingredient that your skin hasn’t seen before (or in a while) and suddenly your skin looks amazing! It glows and people are giving you compliments. So you continue using that product hoping for more comments on your gorgeous skin and suddenly folks don’t notice anymore.
It’s NOT the product!
Your skin gets “used” to products.
After a period of time your products “stop working.”
The product is now maintaining your beauty. You (and everyone around you) are so used to seeing your skin in this state that the dramatic difference is no longer noticeable.
What to do when your product “stops working”?
This allows you to get those compliments on a regular basis as well as actually finishing the tube (or jar or whatever) in it’s entirety. This is not to say you can’t love and be loyal to a particular product. Let’s just switch it up to keep your skin cells on their toes and the compliments rolling in.
Why do we alternate products?
Alternating allows the skin an opportunity to get a variety of active ingredients to help keep the skin healthy. Just like the food we put in our bodies, our skin needs a multitude of nutrients. Often different ingredients help achieve the same goal but our skin cells process them differently therefore optimizing results. As an added benefit, it’s a great way to use all those products taking up space in your bathroom cabinets!
Now the HOW…
How to alternate?
I’ll make it easy for you… even if you own a large arsenal. I’m looking at you skincare junkies.
I’m going to teach you to alternate your nighttime products. (For now, keep your daytime routine the same as you have been doing.) Choose a serum or oil or exfoliator that you can sleep in.
Need serums explained? Read my “Let’s Talk…Serums” post here.
For my beginners let’s KISS (keep it simple silly).
- Pick one serum (something that says hydrating not regenerating)
- Pick one exfoliator (something leave-on – not a scrub)
- Pick one moisturizer (it can be the same as your daytime moisturizer)
Assign each evening of the week a specific product to use (you will remove your makeup and cleanse your skin as you normally would).
Create a schedule:
- 2x nights per week – exfoliation
- 3x nights per week – serum or oil
- 2x nights per week – moisturizer
This will produce strong, healthy, plump cells to keep your skin renewed and glowing.
Here’s a free guide for alternating so you can just plug in your favorite products, tape the guide to your mirror and you will always remember what to use on what day. Reprint whenever you want to add a new or different product.
Alternating products is the best way to get maximum results from your skincare. This process allows your skin to continue to be healthy and glowing. In the comments below, tell me about your results and the compliments you get!
In the next “Let’s Talk…“ blog post we will discuss the magic of layering products.
If you have questions about which products to pick from your current home care, don’t hesitate to contact me.
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The opinions expressed here are my own, based on my expertise and research.