Ever notice how sometimes you pick up a product from the supermarket shelf… and when you get home and use it, you really like it!
But as the days and weeks pass, you start to get bored. The product doesn’t seem to be that effective anymore. You lose interest in it. And soon, you’re in the shops, or on amazon, looking for a new face wash or moisturizer.
Why We Keep Changing Products?
The real reason we don’t stick to one product is simple. It usually makes very little difference in our skin. If you saw a visible 100% improvement in your skin, you wouldn’t change your products!
If your skin became visibly smoother or softer, and you could feel the change. Or, if people started noticing and complimenting your skin, would you change your products? Of course not!
The Real Reasons Why Products Never Show Much Improvement
There are many reasons why products don’t show great improvement in your skin. Let’s look at main reasons now.
1. One Size Fits All Approach
Every manufacturer has to make products that are suitable to 90% of their customer base. Even if the product is for oily skin, not everyone’s oily skin will be the same.
For example, a 30 year old working woman with oily skin has a certain skin type. A 20 year old college student may also have oily skin, but her needs are still different.
The 30 year old may have a long commute and exposure to pollution. The 20 year old may have acne issues, and a need to clean pores thoroughly.
The 30 year old is facing skin barrier damage due to continuous exposure to hundreds of chemicals ( 1 ). Whereas the 20 year old has sensitive skin that reacts to light with redness and burning.
These are just examples to show that even within oily skin, people can have very different skin characteristics.
2. Your Skin Keeps Changing
Another factor for low product effectiveness is skin’s changing characteristics.
That is, your skin keeps changing depending on many factors.
Let’s take the example of the 30 year old in New Delhi.
If she was to change her job, and move to a different city, such as Mumbai, her skin too will change.
This is because Mumbai is much more humid than Delhi across the year. Additionally, pollution levels vary from city to city, and within parts of the city itself. This affects the skin’s barrier, and thus its needs.
In Delhi, if she was traveling by A/C cab, versus taking the train in Mumbai, her exposure to the environment changes.
In this way, her skin will adapt to the environment, and change accordingly.
This is just one example of what causes your skin’s characteristics to change.
Some of the factors that affect skin’s changing characteristics are:
- The Changing Weather
- Where You Live
- The Products You Use
- Your Age
- Your Lifestyle
- Your Commute
- Time Spent Outdoors, etc.
Here too, one product cannot take care of your skin, as your skin’s needs are always changing.
3. Your Current Skin Care Routine & Products
Your products play a large part in determining your skin. That is, if you have been using products with harsh ingredients, it will damage your skin.
Same goes for products with problematic ingredients like SLS, SLES, Parabens, etc.
Using products that are unsuitable for your skin can also cause damage. For example, an oily skin person who uses a strong cleanser is also removing key lipids while addressing excess oiliness.
Using products that aren’t pH balanced leaves skin open to external attacks. Bacteria, fungi and microparticulate pollution can thus enter skin, and cause damage. ( 2 )
Thus, using unsuitable, unsafe or harsh products damages skin. In order for any product to be effective, the product needs to suit your skin, and work on fixing the damage.