Why is Your Skincare Routine NOT Working?

Why is Your Skincare Routine NOT Working?

Have you ever asked yourself, "Why is my skincare routine not working?" Maybe you've tried everything, but nothing seems to work.

In your quest to have great skin, there are some things you may be doing that could actually be harming your skin and ultimately failing you in the long run.

I explain these in detail, including more about how the skin works and why in my Skin School video and below.

Common Skincare Mistakes You Might Be Making:

You haven't committed to taking sun protection seriously.

The most serious accelerator to skin aging is sun exposure. Sun exposure is responsible for 70-80% of skin aging.

Before we try to start doing anything for our skin, we have to commit to protecting our skin from the sun. What does that mean?

Use a broad-spectrum sunscreen, wear hats, avoid the peak hours when the sun is the most intense, and ensure you do whatever you need to do to protect your skin, especially on the face. 

You're not using the right kind of cleanser.

Many cleansers are abrasive and end up causing skin problems.

Find a gentle cleanser that doesn’t dry out or irritate your skin, but thoroughly cleanses and decreases inflammation.

This allows the active ingredients of the skin products you’re using later in your routine to penetrate the surface of the skin and be effective.

Your skincare routine is incomplete.

Your skin needs a combination of active skincare ingredients to reverse or slow down the signs of age.

Your products should stimulate collagen at the cellular level, decrease pigment, and exfoliate the skin to get rid of the surface of dead, dull skin cells.

Your skincare products don't have the right ingredients. 

You need a Retinol, Vitamin C, a Growth Factor, Niacinamide, and Peptides to stimulate collagen production over time.

These ingredients give your skin the nutrients it needs to build collagen. 

You're overwhelmed with too many products.

Whether you hear it from a friend, an ad, an influencer, or some other source, do you wind up buying new products, trying them for about four weeks, not really seeing great results, and moving on to the next product or skincare trend?

Or, do you have so many skincare products it’s almost impossible to stay consistent and use them every day?

Next thing you know, you have a drawer full of products you don’t use.

Sticking to a consistent skincare routine is essential, and staying committed to it long enough for your skin to make a change and you to see visible results is imperative to your skincare success.

You're not thinking long-term (committing for years... not weeks)

When I see people who have fresh, gorgeous, supple skin in their 60s, I always ask them what their secrets are. They all have these things in common:

  • Consistent sun protection throughout their lives
  • A skincare program with Retinol, Vitamin C and the right ingredients for skin
  • Continuity–they’ve been following their skincare routine for decades

The Three Cs: For Long-Lasting, Beautiful Skin

Achieving beautiful skin is not just about finding the right products—it's about adopting the three Cs:

Consistency. Continuity. Commitment

  • Consistency is key. Rather than bouncing around from product to product or trend to trend, stick with what you know works for your skin. By staying consistent with your chosen skincare regimen, you give your skin the opportunity to reap the full benefits of the products you use.

  • Continuity is crucial for long-term results. Instead of viewing skincare as a temporary fix, think in terms of forever. Make your skincare routine a non-negotiable part of your daily life, committing to it year in and year out. Consistent, ongoing care is essential for maintaining healthy, radiant skin over time.

  • Commitment is essential for achieving and maintaining beautiful skin. Protect your skin from harmful UV rays by wearing sunscreen daily, and invest in skincare products that contain the necessary ingredients for luminous, gorgeous skin in the long run. By making a commitment to prioritize your skin's health and appearance, you set yourself up for success in your skincare journey.

Skincare That Works: Introducing Trifecta

After years of extensive research and hands-on experience working with clients in the skincare industry, I developed Trifecta—a revolutionary three-step skincare line designed to simplify your routine while maximizing results.

At the core of the Trifecta system is our meticulously formulated cleanser, Rinse Daily Cleanser, crafted to gently remove impurities without causing irritation. With its soothing properties, botanical lighteners, and natural ingredients like Aloe, this award-winning cleanser sets the foundation for a refreshed and rejuvenated complexion.

Building upon the cleansing step is Quench Vitamin C Serum, a potent formulation aimed at brightening and lightening the skin. Packed with powerful antioxidants, this serum not only improves skin tone and enhances radiance, but also helps to combat environmental stressors, leaving your skin looking revitalized and youthful.

The crowning jewel of the Trifecta lineup is our all-in-one solution, Illuminate Anti-Aging Cream. This multifunctional powerhouse incorporates all the active ingredients found in our cleanser and Vitamin C serum, offering comprehensive skincare in a single product. With Illuminate, your skin receives the benefits of 20 vital ingredients, ensuring a nourished and balanced complexion with every application.

But we didn't stop there. Recognizing the importance of exfoliation in achieving truly radiant skin, we developed Polish Enzymatic Exfoliator—an optimum exfoliator designed to unveil fresh, renewed skin. Formulated with precision, Polish gently dissolves and buffs away dead skin cells, revealing a smoother, more radiant complexion beneath.

These products were born out of a deep understanding of the frustrations and mistakes like those mentioned above.

We wanted to take the complexity out of skincare routines.

With the Trifecta system, we've streamlined the process, making it easier than ever to achieve glowing, healthy skin without the hassle.


Incorporating the three Cs—Consistency, Continuity, and Commitment—into your skincare routine alongside the Trifecta skincare line ensures that you're not only addressing your skin's immediate needs but also setting the stage for lasting beauty and vitality.


Say goodbye to ineffective products, product hopping, and overwhelming skincare routines that aren't working... and say hello to simplicity and effectiveness with the Trifecta skincare line, and watch as your skin transforms into its most radiant, healthy self.

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Amir Karam MD

Board Certified Facial Plastic Surgeon
Founder / Creator of KaramMD Skin

Dr. Amir Karam is a renowned facial cosmetic surgeon and an authority in his field. With over two decades of experience helping patients achieve a younger, refreshed appearance. In addition to surgical procedures that sculpt a youthfully-defined facial shape, Dr. Karam takes the quality of the skin into account.