How Long Does Skincare Take To Work?

Achieving Results with your Skincare – a Game of Patience

Skincare does work! I know we want results NOW, but when it comes to skincare you will need to be a little patient.

Our skin has a natural self-renewing processing called desquamation. According to, this process of shedding and renewing cells takes approximately 28-40 days.

Although this may not be set in stone, it is a good range to help guide you in judging if your skincare is really working! Realistically, there are a few different variables to factor in when figuring out how long your skincare solutions will take to begin to net results.

As with just about anything, there are factors that need to be considered when talking about performance. In terms of skincare, these factors include:

Factors That INfluence Skincare Results

1. Age

All body processes slow down as we age. This includes desquamation (the process of skin shedding and renewing). Younger skin tends to have a faster renewal rate and more mature skin tends to have a slower renewal rate.

The good news is that you are likely to see your skincare working within about a month. One month to better-looking skin …count me in!

2. Type of Skincare Solution

Cleansers, masks, serums, and creams – oh my!

Regardless of how much you have, or don’t have, use your skincare routine regularly for 28-40 days, and then go ahead and judge! If you start to see results, then keep on truckin’! If you don’t, then maybe you want to move on.


These have a great tendency to show an immediate difference. Generally, you can expect the skin to look refreshed and revitalized, and hopefully clean! An instant radiant look is one cleansing or mask treatment away!


Serums are the heavy hitters in your skincare routine. They are workhorse formulas to target everything from acne to aging or maybe even both. Regardless of the skin concern, still, follow that 28-40 day guide.

With serums, you likely want to do a little bit of research before grabbing the first one you see. This is because you want to ensure that it has the cosmetic ingredients that are right for your skin type and skin concerns. It has to make sense before you can judge.

A great example of an immediate and longer-term benefit serum is Simple Science 5% Niacinamide Booster Serum.

This targets aging, skin prone to redness and irritation, dullness and uneven skin tone and texture.

You may see results of reduced skin redness almost immediately, while the anti-aging benefits may show up after one month of use.


Creams provide hydration and protection to the skin. When applied, your skin should feel immediately hydrated and look more supple. You can even expect a dewy glow. Hydrated skin is happy skin!

Simple Science Ceramide Barrier Relief Protective Skin Cream will hydrate, support, protect and replenish the skin and the skin barrier function. A true multi-functional skin cream providing long lasting comfort and hydration.

But remember, if you are using an anti-aging skin cream, expect immediate hydration, but allow time for it to show you its anti-aging benefits.

3. The Skin Concern

When evaluating the skin issue, we need to be realistic in our expectations.

Things like acne, breakout, redness and hydration may be resolved in less than 28 days. But when it comes to hyperpigmentation, lines, wrinkles and creases, skincare results will take time. It takes years of skin trauma and stress for these issues to surface, so let’s give our skincare the time it needs to prove itself!

A fast-acting treatment for acne-prone skin is Simple Science 14% Azelaic Acid Booster Complex. Use as a spot treatment for any breakout spots. This will help resolve the breakout and help reduce post-breakout marks!

A fast-acting anti-aging, skin recovery serum is Isomers Accelerated Recovery Face Lifting Serum Intense. This is a 14-night boot camp treatment for your skin! So, if you need your skin optimized, and quickly, then this is your go-to!

A Few Tips For Best Results

So, now that we understand the factors that determine the results of our skincare solutions – let’s now dive into a few tips and tricks that will help you to yield the very best results as quickly as possible!

One "Miracle Ingredient" Don't Cut It

Having beautiful healthy skin is a process – our skin needs a balanced diet to function properly and as such, there is no such thing as a magical cure-all skincare formula!

Don't Skip On Exfoliation

Few types of formulas can make as dramatic of an impact on your skin as a strong and gentle leave-on AHA or BHA exfoliant!

A Carefully Curated Skincare Routine

Everybody’s skin is unique, and as such, we all need our own skincare regimen that treats what needs treating, and replenishes our skin with all of the essential nutrients that need replenishing!


Like almost all things in life – consistency is key! The success of most skincare solutions/routines is predicated on the user’s commitment to staying consistent, so follow those instructions to a tee.

Avoid Irritants

Just like you avoid irritating people for the sake of our mental stability, we need to take the same approach with our skin. Harsh, drying, and irritating skincare ingredients are going to have the opposite effect than what we’re looking for – so know what to be on the lookout for, and avoid at all costs!

In Conclusion...

When we invest our time, effort, and money into something, we want to see the results. You can now be confident in knowing that skincare does work. It will take time, but once you see the results both you and your skin will be happy.

Remember to use it consistently for 28-40 days and be realistic in your expectations before you judge!

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