How Long to Use Skincare Products Before Seeing Results, According to Experts

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How Long to Use Skincare Products Before Seeing Results, According to Experts

Skincare product reviews often make some pretty big claims. They’ll say things like, “this product completely erased my fine lines and wrinkles,” or “this serum made me look like I got Botox overnight.” So, when trying out new skincare products, it’s no surprise that many of us are looking to get dramatic and immediate results. The reality is, however, that things rarely work out that way.

In fact, Manhattan-based board-certified dermatologist Joshua Zeichner, M.D., says that one of the common mistakes people make when trying out new products is expecting to see results right away. While some effects can be easy to judge quickly, like whether or not a product hydrates dry skin, other results, like more even skin tone or reduction of wrinkles, require a bit more patience. As P&G senior skincare scientist, Jennifer Werner, explains, “skin cells turnover about every 28 days, so it could take a month or more to start seeing results.”

So, if a new skincare product isn’t instantly transforming your skin, don’t get discouraged just yet. Depending on the specific product, the proposed benefits, your skin type, and more factors, it could take anywhere from a few minutes to a few months to experience the extent of their effects. To get more clarity, we asked Dr. Zeichner and two skincare scientists to help us break down the general timeline for how long you should use different skincare products before expecting results. Keep reading to learn more.

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