This is how long it takes for skincare products to work and we’re shocked

Beauty buffs never spent more time caring for their skin than they did during lockdown. Excitedly waiting for a new bundle of skincare products to arrive and planning out a #sundayselfcare routine has been something of a highlight in the past couple of years.

That said, we’re not immune to splashing out on a new serum, using it before bed and then being disappointed when we wake up the next day to find our skin hasn’t cleared overnight.

But, how long after introducing a new product into your routine should we expect to wait to see a result? Well, thanks to this clever Instagram post, we now know exactly how long it takes for skincare products to work and we’re shocked.

Woman applying moisturiser

Dr Fabusiwa, the resident skin doctor for the Joyful Skin Clinic, posted a helpful infographic on her Instagram page, breaking down exactly how long it takes for key skincare ingredients to start working and a time-frame for how you have to wait before seeing major improvements.

For starters, Dr Fabusiwa explains that while we should start to see a ‘glow’ from using hyaluronic acid almost immediately, ‘improvement in fine lines and long-lasting hydration takes weeks’.

Glycolic acid and retinoids should make improvements to acne within a month, but if you struggle with hyperpigmentation, it can take many months to a year to really notice a difference.

Using salicylic acid? You should see a reduction in oily skin ‘very quickly’ and an improvement in acne should take a ‘couple of weeks’.

Dr Fabusiwa suggests niacinamide to reduce redness and inflammation on the skin, which should be noticeable after a ‘couple of weeks’. But again, improvement to hyperpigmentation will take months.

Opt for Vitamin C products if you want brighter skin but don’t expect to notice a difference until you’ve been using it regularly for at least a month.

Just because it takes time to see the effect and benefit of introducing new products into your skincare routine, that doesn’t mean you ought to give up. Be patient and you’ll reap the rewards says Dr Fabusiwa.