Although we like to think we’ve bought perfectly wonderful products that could help us look 20 years younger, there are problems you might run into that could stop those particular products from continuing to do their job. Why?! Do you ask, some ridiculous amount of money just for the possible gimmicks of these products?
10 Reasons Why Your Skincare Products Don’t Work
It’s possible for the manufacturer(s) of your products to have gone through many tests to prove how effective they are. It may not necessarily be all their fault. So before you blow smoke out of your ears, consider the possibilities.
- Great Expectations
- You Are What You Eat
- Ingredients That Clash
- Inability to Penetrate the Skin
- Use As Directed
- It’s Not Safely Kept
- Your Products Are Expired
- Changed Seasons
- Watch out for Humectants, Emollients, and Occlusive Ingredients
Along with much of life, patience is a virtue, especially when it comes to skin care. Aging is a natural process we all have to deal with. Unfortunately, the fountain of youth is nonexistent and we cannot turn back time.
When products are advertised as “reduces the appearance of wrinkles,” it doesn’t mean it will completely wipe them away. It may minimize fine lines and perhaps trigger the cells that produce collagen to help keep skin around it, plump, and “younger-looking.” It couldn’t completely remove wrinkles, but perhaps with softer, more plump, and healthier-looking skin, it can potentially make you look younger.
Skin care isn’t just a commitment to wash your face and put on your moisturizers the way you should. Your skin’s condition is a reflexion of what you put into your body as well.
Lack of sleep, eating junk food, and not having a proper amount of vitamins can create unhappy skin cells that scream out to the world that it’s not properly taken care of.
Although most marketing ploys can get us easily hooked on what it can do for our skin, your products’ ingredients may not always agree, especially if you mix it up with ingredients that don’t like each other much.
As an example, Vitamin C is a very popular ingredient for reducing brown spots caused by aging. Those who are worried about the amount of brown spots they’re getting, love products that contain Vitamin C.
AHA, an ingredient found in many creams are also helpful in reducing age spots and fine lines. However, when using products with this ingredient, the consumer must be aware of their side effects, which include photosensitivity and the possibilities of irritation.
Vitamin C is pH-sensitive, while AHA’s job is typically to adjust the pH level of cosmetic products. When this happens, Vitamin C has trouble being able to properly do its job, because its antioxidant power has diminished.
Clogged pores can create barriers and also potentially make way for other skin conditions to occur. Think you don’t have the time? Well, then your efforts will only show!
You can’t possibly expect something to work unless you follow the instructions. That’s what they are there for. If it asks you to use it twice daily and you use it once every other day, then of course it won’t do its job.
Sometimes people think they are buying high quality products and the dollar amount should should do its job all on its own. Well, it couldn’t possibly do that if it’s still in the bottle.
Read the Suggested Use and follow it as much as you can. Then give it at least a month before you decide it’s not doing its job.
Be careful where your products are stored. For example, if you like to carry it around in your purse, be sure not to leave your purse in the car or the product sitting on your dash board. Some antioxidants don’t do well when exposed to UV light.
Watch the shelf life of your products. Each one has an expiration date. Sometimes products can irritate your skin or stop it from working all together.
Notice how dry your skin feels around cold weather and perhaps oily during Summer months? Just because you’ve purchased an expensive product, doesn’t mean it will work all year round. Pay attention to your skin’s demands. Trash the sun protector or cream if it’s not working for you.
These are typically mineral oils and glycerin, which are great fillers and can sometimes cause your skin to get oily or the product itself to be ineffective after a while. For example, if you see ingredients with stearic, linoleic, lauric, oleic, linoleic, and ceramides, you should know that these are in fact, emollients that help creams stay creamy, but they don’t always last.
There could many more reasons why your skin just don’t like your products. It’s important to know just a little bit about what you buy. Not all ingredients are a match for your skin, just because the sales person tells you so!