How To Add New Products Into Your Skincare Routine

How To Add New Products Into Your Skincare Routine
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It’s finally here. Ripping open the box, marveling at the packaging, envisioning glowing results: you’re ready to try on your latest skincare product — like now.

But, wait! Not so fast — here’s a gentle reminder that how you get started can make all the difference. Adding some planning to your pampering can help you achieve the best results from new finds. So before diving in, pause to consider product layering, overall skincare goals, and ingredient interactions (easier said than done, we know).

Check out these top tips for adding new products to your skincare routine and give your skin a chance at a real fresh start.

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The dos and don’ts of trying new skincare products

First do: Layer your products properly

Let’s start by getting your skincare layering down pat. Remember that products’ textures are intentional, allowing the skin to absorb what it needs each step along the way.

A good rule to follow is texture: always go from light to heavy. Apply your lightest products first as they are formulated to penetrate the skin deeply. Then apply denser or creamier products later. This way, denser products won’t block lighter products from penetrating your skin and doing their job.

And last but not least: sunscreen should be the final layer of every skincare routine. So, make sure to layer your products properly to get the most out of your latest discoveries and protect your skin.

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The dos and don’ts of trying new skincare products ISDIN

Don’t: Try everything at once

Excitement can get the best of all of us: especially when you’ve got a whole new beauty routine to unbox. But, if you get started with a new serum and a moisturizer, how do you know which is working? That’s why it’s vital to introduce one new product at a time and get to know what your skin loves best.

Do: Be patient and consistent

As with most great habits, consistency is key. And especially when it comes to skincare, we usually have to be patient for results.

Here’s something to keep in mind: your skin’s regeneration cycle (or turnover) takes between 21-28 days. And while immediate results like hydration show up in a few days, youth-boosting and brightening effects typically take at least 30 days to appear.

So make sure to give any new product at least a month for any noticeable changes.

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Don’t: Forget your overall skincare goals

Following a holistic approach in your routine can get you closer to your skincare goals than one-off products.

Let’s say you’ve got a busy schedule with a long commute on public transportation — meaning your skin goes through a lot of daily wear and tear. Ideally, any new skincare product you add to your ritual should focus on your overall goal: repairing accumulated damage while also protecting skin from environmental stress. For example, prioritizing a new recovery serum might make more sense than a once-a-week detoxifying mask.

Don’t: Forget your overall skincare goals ISDIN

Do: Introduce new products gradually

If you’re using new products with exfoliating acids like glycolic, it’s best to start slowly, using your new product a couple of days a week. Once your skin gets used to this renewal process, you can up the frequency.

It’s also a good idea to build in a cushion between new products. After introducing a newbie, wait another full month before trying something else to understand its full effects. Again, patience is key — many products need time to deliver results.

Don’t: Mix ingredients without doing your research

When considering whether to mix or not to mix, retinal might come to mind. Although effective, retinal can cause some discomfort when combined with other ingredients.

Use caution when mixing it with vitamin C or chemical exfoliants, like AHA acids. Although it can be a worthwhile combo, opt for a slow introduction to minimize irritation and acclimate the skin.

Other top-notch ingredients always play nice with others: such as restorative bakuchiol and moisturizing hyaluronic acid. Niacinamide is another easily-mixable and powerful component known for fighting skin discoloration.

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Don’t: Mix ingredients without doing your research ISDIN

Do: Consider your routine outside of skincare

Taking your dream vacation next week? Or have a stressful work presentation coming up instead? Our everyday environment can affect our skin more than we realize. These skin-affecting factors are called the exposome and include things like temperature, stress, and pollution.

So, consider what you’ve got coming up on your schedule before throwing a new product in the mix. Or if your new products aren’t getting the results you’d hoped for, take a look at your daily agenda. Major lifestyle changes could be taking a toll on your skincare routine’s effectiveness.

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Don’t: Skip the skin test

This is especially important when trying out a new brand or something out of your skin’s comfort zone. Apply your new product onto a less-sensitive and visible area of skin (like the side of your neck or inner forearm) to see if it reacts. Once 24 hours have passed with no reaction, you should be ready to give it a real go.

The ultimate do: Prioritize protection

There’s one skincare product that’s ready to go right out of the box. A high SPF, broad spectrum sunscreen should be the last step of every morning routine. In fact, the best way to protect your skin and slow the signs of skin aging is to use sunscreen every day. So your skin will appreciate you getting started ASAP.

The ultimate do: Prioritize protection ISDIN

Ready. Set. Unbox!

Now that you know how to add new products to a skincare routine, it’s time to take them on a test run. Whether you’re still putting together the perfect ritual or have all of your products ready to open, remember that how you get started affects your end-game results.


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Amy is a content strategist who turned a part-time obsession with skincare into a full-time passion. Her experience as a creative storyteller includes a range of lifestyle and technology topics across Washington D.C. and Barcelona. What's in her travel bag? Eye contour cream and sunscreen, always.

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In addition to ten years as a primary care doctor, Aurora has over 23 years of experience developing and communicating healthcare products, most recently in dermo-cosmetics. She has co-authored many publications in dermatological journals and spoken at international health & beauty conferences. Ref: Colegio de Medicos de Madrid numero 282840102

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