The instant gratification you might get from applying makeup or wearing new clothes, does NOT translate when it comes to skincare products. And honestly, it shouldn’t!
There are many skincare products out on the market like pull-off masks designed to remove blackheads or serums that promise “instant brightness.” And while they’re fun to use, the results are typically superficial and won’t last long.
Real, genuine results take time.
This doesn’t mean that a skincare product is ineffective, it just means that for skincare products to work long-term, the skin needs to be treated on a cellular level.
It takes 28 days for skin cells to turnover, so it takes at least 4 weeks of consistent use to be able to tell if those new products you bought are working.
Typically moisturizers or hyaluronic acid serums work more quickly as they're meant to just smooth and hydrate the surface of the skin. Cleansers that shift the pH of your skin to kill acne-causing bacteria will only need a few weeks to work properly. But retinols or vitamin c serums will take around 3 months to really be effective, as change needs to be made on a cellular level.
If you get immediate irritation signs like red bumps or splotchiness, the product(s) may be too harsh for your skin and you should stop using them immediately. If you experience skin purging (tons of breakouts), stop using them immediately as well.