Skin is very grateful, that is just the way it is. When we go from not taking care of it at all to starting a routine, however basic it may be, we will notice the difference very quickly and that is always appreciated, but at what point do I know if the cream is really being effective?
We are going to see it because with a little observation we will realise if we are doing it right or if we should change something.
How do I know if my cream is effective?
First of all, we must know how our skin is at that moment and what we are looking for in the cream. Throughout this post I will be talking about creams, but it is applicable to all cosmetics: serum, eye contour, toner…
Not all creams offer the same because not all skins are the same, for example, if you have oily skin and you use a cream designed for dry skin, you probably will not like it because it will make you even oilier and it will not be at all effective for you, although maybe your neighbour with dry skin will find it great. That is why it is so important to know your skin type.
Broadly speaking, a cream should absorb quickly and leave a pleasant sensation after use. In addition, the skin should feel comfortable for the rest of the day. For example, if you have dry skin and after a few hours your skin feels tight, this is a sign that the cream is not enough, and you need a richer cream.
The order of the factors DOES alter the product.
In this case, the effectiveness of a cream depends very much on the order in which we do our routine. We should always apply products from the least dense to the most dense. If we apply a very dense cosmetic first and then another one with a lighter texture, the first one will not allow the second one to pass through and the latter will not be effective. Therefore, the order of application is essential for our cosmetics to be effective.
Another reason why the cream is not working is because it has expired (we will dedicate a full post to this in a few weeks). We may not have noticed this because the smell and texture probably haven’t changed, but if the expiry date has passed, the effectiveness will diminish.
There are some cases where we need a little bit of patience to see results, for example in the case of anti-wrinkle or anti-spot creams.
Some time ago I heard the term “cosmetic impatience” and I agree with it. In these cases, we should wait at least 2-3 months to see the effectiveness of the creams (due to the renewal of the skin cells).
Therefore, we must be aware of what we ask of each cosmetic and what we can expect from it in order to know the results we can obtain and assess the effectiveness.
Have you ever rushed to judge a cosmetic? Have you been surprised by the speed with which a cream has acted on your skin? Tell me all about it in the comments 😉