What To Do When Your Skincare Routine Isn’t Giving You the Results You Want

What To Do When Your Skincare Routine Isn’t Giving You the Results You Want

Skincare routines these days can be surprisingly complex, especially when you factor in all of the different skin types and products made specifically for those use cases. It’s not uncommon to have half a dozen or more products in your beauty regime, especially if you’re trying to take good care of your skin and also fix any skin-related issues you might have.

But what happens when your skincare routine isn’t giving you the results that you want? What if the products stop working after some time, or what if you want clearer and more beautiful skin? This isn’t an uncommon situation, and there are a surprising number of things that you can do in order to refresh your skin routine. In some cases, you might even be interested in doing more than just changing up your skincare routine.

So in this post, we’re going to talk about a number of things that you can do and why you should do them when your skincare products aren’t giving you the results that you’re looking for.

Can skincare products ever stop working?

Yes, they can! There are times when skincare products can stop working, and there are a number of reasons for this.

  • Your skincare needs may have changed since the last time you used the products. This means that some products could be less effective, or factors like your age and hormones could make your products useless after a while.
  • Your products could also be expired. Some people like to stretch out the use of their products for a long time to make them last longer, but this could lead to the products being out of date. They could become less effective or the ingredients could just stop working after some time. Depending on the conditions they are stored in, they might also lose their effectiveness. Make sure you store your beauty products correctly and make a note of their use by dates. Using them past this date could lead to conditions such as bacterial infections, and it can even cause acne to flare up.
  • If you’ve recently repurchased one of your favourite skincare products but noticed that it isn’t working, then the ingredients could have changed over time. Companies may occasionally change the ingredients they use in their products, either for cost-saving measures or if a previous ingredient isn’t available anymore. This can lead to an entirely different formula that might work for the majority of people, but that one change could cause skin problems for you.
  • Similar to the last point, you may have purchased a fake product as well. Some of the most popular skincare products are often imitated and sold as the real thing. Unfortunately, this is fairly common and these products are either going to be completely ineffective or may even lead to skin problems if used regularly. Make sure you buy your skincare products from legitimate retailers and always be wary of the price tag.
  • Lastly, the most common reason for your skincare products to stop working is that your skin has probably just acclimated to the products. This is usually the case if you’ve been using your products for a really long time. In this case, it’s not really that your skincare products have “stopped” working, but rather your skin is just used to the product that you’re using and the effects aren’t as visible anymore. However, this isn’t always a bad thing. For instance, if your skin used to tingle a little when using a cleanser or cream, but you’ve noticed that it isn’t happening anymore, then it could be that your skin is simply acclimating to just the side effects and not the benefits.

There are other reasons why your skincare products might be less effective, but these are the common ones to look out for. If you’ve noticed that there are drastic differences, such as an allergic reaction, then it’s a good idea to stop using those products immediately and consult your doctor for more advice.

What To Do When Your Skincare Routine Isn’t Giving You the Results You Want

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What can you do when your skincare isn’t giving you the results you expect?

So what can you do if you’ve noticed that your skincare products aren’t working as well as before?

One solution is to simply try different products. This might not be the most economical option as you’ll probably have lots of products that you simply can’t use. However, this process of trial and error is usually the fastest way to discover what products work and which don’t. You could also speak to a doctor or skincare expert for advice if you’re not having much luck with your skincare routine.

Alternatively, if you’re certain that your skin has acclimated to the effects of your favourite products, then you might even consider cosmetic surgery. This is usually for those areas of your skin that you’re really unhappy with, or areas that you know won’t change much with consistent skincare product usage.

A good example of this is using cryotherapy for things like fixing visible scars. You can read more information about the treatment here. You could also consider a cosmetic procedure for things like lessening the appearance of wrinkles. This will be far more aggressive than just your skincare products, so it’s a good alternative if your skincare routine isn’t showing any results. However, do keep in mind that it’s also much more expensive than adding more skincare products, so we’d only suggest this if there’s no other option or if you’re looking to make a drastic change to your skin.


At the end of the day, what you do with your skin is completely up to you. There are loads of people that want to stick with just their skincare products because they don’t like the idea of surgery. Others like the idea of changing products every few months, and some people are perfectly fine with cosmetic procedures.

However, there’s no denying that while skincare products can achieve some amazing results, they won’t be able to give you the Instagram-esque glow that many people desire. For that, you’ll either need some surgical assistance or learn to retouch your photographs!

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  1. Shirley
    July 17, 2023 / 10:02 am

    This post is interesting I need to change my skin care products as I age

  2. Shirley O
    July 17, 2023 / 11:12 am

    Very informative article. My skin care needs have certainly changed over the years.

  3. Kari B
    July 18, 2023 / 6:14 am

    I’m really bad at switching up the skincare products I use, but it is true that your skin does become acclimated to using the same thing all the time. I really should be switching it up more often.

    July 20, 2023 / 5:40 pm

    good to know

  5. Julie Feldermann
    July 20, 2023 / 8:38 pm

    Simple ideas that bring great results.

  6. Heather Swanson
    July 23, 2023 / 4:23 pm

    Aging skin can be a trial & error