Trying new skincare products can be incredibly enticing, especially with the skincare industry constantly promoting the idea of routinely changing your regimen. The idea is that product hopping prevents your skin from “getting used to” products which causes them to stop working. But our skin loves consistency, and product hopping directly opposes what your skin needs.
As I explain in this video, the best skincare routine is the one you’ll stick with. Here’s why product hopping is dangerous for your skin and what you should do instead.
Why is product hopping so bad for your skin?
Long story short, product hopping serves no purpose other than being a marketing ploy; the goal is to get you to buy as many products as possible, as often as possible. Hopping from product to product can even negatively impact your skin’s health and cancel out any benefits.
Being inconsistent compromises your skin’s barrier function and causes reactivity by giving a more significant dose of active ingredients that our skin can handle. This overwhelms our skin’s tolerance and damages the skin’s delicate acid mantle, allowing irritants into the deeper layers. When the skin gets dry or irritated, the outer protective layer of the skin cracks, causing redness, flakiness, and increased sensitivity. And once the damage is done, it can be complicated to repair. Preventing skin problems is more accessible and less costly than trying to fix them with cosmetic procedures in the future.
A consistent skincare regimen keeps your skin healthy
You can have all the best ingredients in the world, but if you don’t put them on your skin daily with a consistent skincare routine, you won’t get the desired results. After twenty years of helping people maintain their skin with cosmetic anti-aging science, my biggest observation is that it pays to stick to a skincare regime when you find what works for you. When people with fresh, gorgeous, supple skin in their 60s and beyond share their secrets, they all say they’ve been following a good skincare routine for decades.
Avoiding product hopping helps you prevent flare-ups and allows you to see what suits you and what's working. Because of the skin cycle, it takes four to six weeks for our skin to renew and show results, so consistency is vital. Here are my professional tips for sticking with a successful skincare routine:
- Make your regimen a part of your daily practice
- Keep all your products in one place, as having everything out, and accessible reminds you to do your routine
- Turn skincare into a spa experience to give you a daily moment to look forward to
- Set a daily reminder to care for your skin
- Keep your routine minimal and focused on avoiding being overwhelmed
The KaramMD Skin Trifecta
For years, I worked with patients who struggled to be consistent with multi-step skincare routines. It’s almost impossible to be consistent when your skincare routine is incredibly complex, so I created the TRIFECTA, a three-step skincare line.
The TRIFECTA is a simple skincare program you can realistically follow every morning and evening. Each product is packed with the vital ingredients your skin needs to reverse and prevent aging and is clinically proven to achieve youthful, supple, beautiful skin.