We all want perfect skin. The promise of a clear, healthy complexion draws us towards the cosmetics counters. But are you prepared for the downside of A new skincare regime isn’t world-changing, but for your skin it could be a bit of a shake-up.
Flare-ups, break-outs and discomfort can occur and many people give up at these first signs but if you persevere, the benefits can be enormous.
What’s the fuss?
Starting a new skincare regime can be exciting and beneficial for the skin, but it can also bring about some unexpected changes. Understanding why these issues occur will encourage you to maintain the regime as your skin becomes accustomed to the change.
If you’re thinking, “Hold on. I am always switching my brand and it’s no big deal”, you might wonder what all the fuss is about.
Most skincare has little, or no, active ingredients. They might soothe and comfort your skin. They might add moisture and protection. But they don’t stimulate your body to work harder, to repair and renew, and to turnover more quickly. If you want skincare that actually does something, you need ingredients that cause your skin to go “Whoa. What just hit me?” Ingredients that force your body to stop doing what comes naturally and act in ways that challenge the norm.
And that means you may encounter a few little niggles along the way. Being prepared and informed about what’s going on means you are more likely to keep going and get over the “change hump”.
Will I definitely get a reaction?
No, absolutely not. In fact most people, myself included, have very little problem with skin reactions. I started using the Arbonne RE9 skincare a few years ago and had nothing but great benefits right from the start. But, particularly for those with more sensitive skin, I always like to warn people that they might have a few tingles or redness.
An active ingredient has been proven in a lab by research to change the skin in some way; it’s an ingredient that has data behind it
What is going on?
The skin is the body’s largest organ and is continually changing and rejuvenating itself. Age, skin type, environment, and hormonal cycle are just a few factors which can impact how skin looks and responds to skincare products.
When switching skincare products, it’s important to know that the skin might experience an adjustment phase, especially when you start using skincare with high levels of active ingredients. Key ingredients such as vitamin C and antioxidants can help accelerate skin renewal, and may occasionally lead to skin purging.
For oily skin types, these ingredients can also cause potential flare ups, including breakouts.
Of course you could also experience an allergic reaction to ingredients in the product. You will probably know this pretty quickly as you’ll likely have severe itching, redness, raised bumps / hives and an intense desire to wash it all off. Listen to your body.
How can you tell if you should stop using it immediately or ride out the discomfort for the promise of gorgeous, glowing skin?
What is Skin Purging?
The term ‘skin purging’ refers to a reaction to an active ingredient that is increasing skin cell turnover rate.
As skin cell turnover speeds up, the skin starts shedding dead skin cells faster than normal. The end goal is to expose the fresh skin cells underneath and reveal clearer, younger-looking skin. What we all want, right?
Before these new, healthy cells can cycle to the surface, some other stuff has to rise to the top first, like the excess sebum, flakes, and buildup that clog pores . This is what’s not so glamorously known as “skin purging” and it could last from a couple of days to a couple of weeks.
Are you having an allergic reaction to your new skincare?
It’s important to distinguish “purging” from a sinister breakout which may be due to an allergy or adverse reaction. Purging tends to happen in the places where you frequently break out and disappears quite quickly whereas a bad reaction may cause breakouts in new areas and persist.
As you transition to a new skincare regime do remember to
How long should you persist?
You should allow up to 60 days before expecting to see radical changes as it takes that amount of time for a complete cell renewal. Some products will give a much quicker visible benefit, but do persevere even if you aren’t seeing a radical change in the first few weeks.
Ask yourself why you chose this skincare range. Did you check out the reviews (independent ones, please!) and see that lots of people were genuinely delighted with their results? Did you do a home trial? Have you got a trusted consultant who helped you find the right products for your skin? Have you got a money-back guarantee that allows you at least 30 days to decide if you made the right decision?
Assuming you have all these things in place, you really can’t go wrong. Keep going with your new regime. Take photos before you start and weekly for the first six weeks. You should see a gradual improvement and when you compare before and after you should expect to see a real difference.
My skincare collections
Here are the skincare collections in my shop. If you would like to know more please contact me for more information, best prices and free home trials.
RE9 Advanced Brightening for glowing, vibrant skin
RE9 Prepwork for those who want a simple but effective regime
Calm for those with sensitive skin
Clear Future for blemish-prone skin
RE9 Advanced for Men – just what it says