Recently got your hands on a product you’ve been eyeing, but can’t seem to see any results? Now you’re wondering why you just blew a hole in your purse over an unnecessary item – well in actual fact, if you don’t immediately breakout or get an allergic reaction in terms of a rash or some sort, it’s highly unlikely that you’d be seeing any results soon.
How long a skincare product works mainly depends on your Skin Cell turnover rate and ingredients present in the product . In general, it normally takes about 28 to 30 days for skin cells to turn over which basically means you have to stick and commit for almost a month for most products before you see any results.
What is skin cell turnover? This is when the outer layer of the skin known as the epidermis sheds. This is an active process that takes place without us actually knowing, yes we exfoliate as well however this is a natural way for your skin to shed off. The human epidermis has 4 distinct sections, taking a total of 4 weeks for the cell to create, develop detach and shed from the skin – resulting in “new” skin.
Below are the 2 factors which contribute to the rate of skin cell turnover:
- Age; younger people have a higher rate of skin cell turnover
- Climate; turnover is higher in summer/ hot weather than in winter/ cold weather