Skin Renewal: How Quickly does Your Skin Get Used to New Care?

Skin care

The new cosmetic product didn't work miracles straight away? There can be several reasons for this. Because the skin also takes time to get used to new things. Sometimes it takes a whole regeneration cycle. But how quickly does the skin renew itself? And in which cases is the change particularly noticeable? Here you can find out why a little patience is much better than constantly changing products.

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What does skin renewal have to do with getting used to new skin care?

Customers often ask me how quickly they notice whether the new care works or not. And with natural cosmetics it actually looks a little different than with products with a lot of synthetics . They often rely on the immediate effect, but show unsightly side effects after a while. Many of their ingredients have no value for the skin. Some of them also irritate them, dry them out or seal them.

With natural cosmetics it is the other way around. It supports the skin's own processes in the long term. Natural ingredients are much more complex . Your skin gets more of what it can use, but it also has to process it first. A new skin care line is a kind of nutritional change for the skin . If you only eat white toast otherwise, your digestion will react stormily to a hearty grain bread. In the same way, the skin has to adjust to other nutrients. And that can take about a regeneration cycle.

The epidermis renews itself every 4 weeks

The top layer of skin renews itself constantly. New cells are formed further down in the epidermis, which are then slowly pushed up by their successors. They slowly horny and finally arrive on the outside, where they now form the new skin surface. At least until they have completely died and are kicked out by newer cells.

How long this trip takes depends mainly on your age. For adults between 20 and 50 , that's around 28 days . Your epidermis is completely renewed once every month. Unfortunately, cell division slows down in the course of life. Above 50 above all, there is a low. As a "golden ager" you should give your skin a little more time to get used to new products. We will now take a look at when the changeover noticeably takes time.

If you switch to natural cosmetics

Conventional cosmetics usually contain highly purified, petroleum-based substances such as mineral oils or silicones. They rely on superficial effects, but have no nutritional value . They smooth the skin by sealing it, the so-called occlusion . Water can no longer evaporate what is wanted, but the natural regeneration processes slow down. Other mineral oil products make the skin more permeable to infiltrate active ingredients. This also makes them dry out more easily. Either way, mineral oils and silicones are completely worthless for the skin itself.

If you have been using products with silicone or mineral oil for a long time, your skin must first learn to work again. Because natural cosmetics do not replace the natural skin function, but support it. To do this, it provides the skin with nourishing oils, for example, which it can either incorporate directly into the skin barrier or processed into useful items . So natural ingredients are much more complex than mineral oil products. Work comes to the skin to which it is no longer used.

If you have previously used strongly sealing (occlusive) creams or aggressive cleaning products, the skin must first regenerate its protective layer . It can therefore feel drier or develop impurities in the first few days or weeks. This is not a matter of concern, but quite normal in the transition phase. After around 4 weeks , i.e. once your skin has completely renewed itself, these effects usually subside. Now the advantages of natural skin care really come to the fore.

☝️ An initial deterioration is not a must, but it is possible . Here it is simply a matter of holding out for a few days to weeks. Persistent redness, irritation, itching and pustules are not normal . They can indicate an allergy.


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If there is a fire - you can switch to stressed skin

If your skin is already badly damaged, switching to new products alone may not be enough. We are talking here about skin that reacts very sensitively , itches, is reddened, and opens up to full- blown perioral dermatitis . With such a skin condition you are not alone. It is often caused by overcare. Too many ingredients, too many products, too many experiments on the brink of despair - I know, I was there. The skin is overwhelmed and no longer likes.

Here, the gradual changeover can make sense. First, leave out aggressive cleaning products or facial tonic, because they irritate the skin the most. After a week or two, when the skin has calmed down, you can also change the moisturizer . Mild facial oils that you apply to damp skin or a moisturizing serum without alcohol are particularly irritant .

And if your skin simply does not want to calm down ? Give her a break. If she reacts to mild creams or maybe even to clear water, the Rosskur helps . Hard but effective because it gives your skin time to calm down. After 3 days of cosmetic fasting (ONLY lukewarm water is allowed) you can slowly approach a new care routine. The following applies: less is more. Take a cream with a few natural ingredients and apply it sparingly .  

Leider With perioral dermatitis, you unfortunately have to go through zero therapy longer. Around 6 weeks of cosmetics-free time are the order of the day here.

Can cosmetics accelerate skin renewal?

Yes and no. You have very little influence on how quickly the epidermis forms new cells . There are a few things you can do to get rid of dead skin cells faster . The top measure for this are peels . They remove the top horny layer and make your skin look fresher and more even. You get the best results if you exfoliate once or twice a week . You can find out which type of peeling is particularly gentle and what advantages regular peeling brings with it, by the way, with the right peeling everything goes smoothly .  

The cell division speed, so 4 weeks to 2, well, but that would be something! Unfortunately, that's not how it works. You can only support your skin during regeneration. How? By taking good care of yourself . Things have a positive effect that promote blood circulation and prevent oxidation damage. Dos are regular exercise, fresh air, enough sleep, a healthy diet and sensible skin care. The don'ts include a lot of sun, stress and cigarettes. Alcohol isn't exactly good for the skin either.

Give your skin time to adjust

Conclusion : Perhaps you are immediately happy with your new care strategy. But it can also take some time before you see a real improvement when you change your skin care routine. Your skin renews itself every four weeks. It may take that long to get used to new things. This is especially true if ...

... you switch from synthetic ingredients to natural cosmetics because they are metabolized in a completely different way.

... you are over 50 because your skin regenerates more slowly.

... your skin was badly damaged before the change - then the horse cure should go first .

So patience, patience. Skin care is a long run . If you sprint from one product to the next, your skin will quickly run out of steam. That is why ultra-small samples that are only sufficient for one or two applications are not really meaningful. At most, you can only test whether the texture feels good. My tip: Better invest some time in choosing your new care and then give your skin the opportunity to adjust to it .

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