We all know the excitement we feel when we're holding that new product. Whether you got it from the store or say you just finished whipping up a skin care recipe, we just want to jump right in and use it immediately. The enticing benefits it can give to our skin makes it so hard to resist using it at once.
But resist, we must.
New products are exciting and all. But there are no guarantees that each new product we introduce to our routine will suit our skin. There are possibilities for breakouts, irritations, and allergies.To avoid these unwanted occurrences as much as possible, you must test your skin care products. Read on to know how to do these tests for yourself – so you can get the most out of your skin care products.
What You Should Know Before Doing the Tests
Before we head on to discuss the different types of tests and their purpose, we must first keep in mind to introduce products one at a time.
Say one of your favorite brands just launched a whole skin care line – cleanser, toner, moisturizer, serum – the works. Or maybe you allotted one full day to whip up all of these products in your kitchen. I know how tempting it is to go ahead and use them all in your night routine. But this is a big no-no.
Imagine if you apply a bunch of products all at once. After a few days, you find yourself with painful cystic pimples, whiteheads, blackheads — the whole gang of acne blemishes. How will you know which product caused this reaction? With a lot of new products, it will be close to impossible.
So, it is best to introduce products one at a time, for this will make it easy for you to pinpoint which product is causing your breakouts, irritation, and/or allergy.
Test Your Skin Care Products -- Test No. 1
Patch testing is a method involving testing a new product on a patch of skin. This is done to make sure you are not allergic to this new product you want to introduce.
So, after selecting the new product you want to add, this is how you patch-test: simply place a little amount of the new product in the inner area of your elbow or arm; leave it on for 24 hours and observe your skin for any reactions.
It is important to note that "patch testing" has become synonymous with the "breakout test" for some, especially in internet forums and communities. But in reality, patch testing is for checking allergies and other sensitivities.
Test Your Skin Care Products -- Test No. 2
After patch testing your new product, the next step is the breakout test. This involves using this new product for a minimum of 2 weeks without adding a new product in this period. This is your trial period to observe whether your skin will breakout from the product or not.
Since everyone's skin is different, you might not notice your breaking out until a month into using the product, while some breakout only after using a product for a week (typical for those who are acne-prone).
How can you tell that you are breaking out?
The general rule is that a product is breaking you out if you get pimples where you don't usually get them.
For example, I am used to seeing pimples along my jawline and chin when it's that time of the month; my forehead gets little to no pimples at all. If a pimple (or pimples) suddenly appeared on my forehead (usually in the form of whiteheads), it is likely a reaction from the product.
This can be tricky — especially if you tend to get pimples from different parts of your face for unidentifiable reasons. But, with constant observation and genuinely giving the effort to know your skin, you will be a step closer to telling whether you are breaking out or not.
Product Effect Test
Test Your Skin Care Products -- Test No. 3
We often introduce new products in hopes that what it promises (glowing skin, brighter complexion, the lessened appearance of dark spots, etc.) will happen to our skin. But our expectations are not always met. To avoid wasting our time and money on products that do nothing for our skin, its best to put them to the test.
After your breakout test assures you that the product is alright for your skin, continue to use it without adding other products for at least a month. It is believed that skin renews itself after 30 to 40 days, hence the 1-month trial period.
However, this skin renewal is only for the surface layer of our skin. If your concern is hyperpigmentation, it isn't very easy to tell if a product is working only after a month. So, some extend this trial period to three months. I know that time sounds so long, and it can be so tempting to jump into using another product during the trial period. But it is really worth the wait. This way, you can save yourself from continuing to use a product that may not even be doing anything good to your face.
Patience is a virtue – a quote so overused but is quite right. Impatience is a great enemy for us who want to achieve clear, glowing skin. But if we don't let impatience overcome us – introducing one product at a time and doing all the tests, we are sure to reap the rewards of our efforts.
And what could be the reward of doing these tedious tests, you ask? Well, a robust skin care routine that you can rely on time and time again.
Have you successfully tested a skin care product before? Share your experiences in the comment section below.
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