What to Do When Your Favorite Skincare Product Stops Working

by | Updated: December 4th, 2016 | Read time: 4 minutes

Have you ever noticed that your skin just isn’t responding to anything you’re doing? It simply stays in the same condition with little progress or improvement, or whatever issues you have start to get worse? Perhaps your beloved night cream isn’t as hydrating as it used to be, or your blemish solutions don’t prevent breakouts anymore. When your favorite product stops working, it’s time to check in with your skin.

What to Do When Your Favorite Skincare Product Stops Working

If you feel like a product has suddenly stopped working, take a mental inventory of anything in your routine that might have changed (exfoliating less, going to bed without cleansing, starting a new medication, etc.). There are many factors that can affect the way skin responds to products, including hormones, stress, medication and environmental factors like sun exposure.

You should feel as though your skin is consistently balanced and healthy, but you should expect to see positive changes and improvements while using the right product combinations. Sometimes, the solution can be as simple as changing a thing or two in your routine or tweaking product combinations to boost results.

Skin is the largest organ, and it can adapt to our regular routines–so it’s good to switch things up here and there. As seasons and climates change, so should our skincare products. For example: you don’t need your heavy winter moisturizer in the summer, so trade in that product for a lightweight lotion with a built in SPF — such as MyChelle Daily Defense Cream SPF 17 — when spring arrives.

Here are a few additional examples based on skin type of how you might change up your current regimen to enhance results and revive old favorites.

Dry skin
If you find that no matter what lotion or cream you use, your skin always seems to be dry, try exfoliating regularly (twice or three times per week) to prevent dead cell buildup. Consistent exfoliation will also help your other products penetrate the skin more effectively. Try the Tropical Skin Smoother to exfoliate and retexturize for a youthfully soft and vibrant complexion. Ultra-fine bamboo stem powder and 1.6% lactic acid release and dissolve dead cell build up to give dry skin a brighter appearance.

Also consider improving your skin’s moisture content with a serum. The Ultra Hyaluronic Hydrating Serum is a deep-penetrating, restorative serum that delivers hyaluronic acid-surging moisture deep into the skin, helping to improve skin pliability and plumping to improve the look of fine lines.This powerful serum also maintains healthy hydration levels and prevents transepidermal water loss. It can be used under any of your favorite MyChelle creams or lotions.

Oily/blemish-prone skin
Are blackheads, blemishes and shine starting to take over? Finding the right anti-blemish/oil products can be particularly challenging. If you consistently cleanse, exfoliate and hydrate your skin, you should be in great shape. But if things are out of whack, try switching out some products.

Start simple with a new cleanser that contains anti-microbial and anti-bacterial ingredients like willow bark (a natural form of salicylic acid). The MyChelle White Cranberry Cleanser is ideal for anyone who breaks out but also for those seeking anti-aging skin nutrition.This naturally exfoliating and pore-clearing cleanser helps bring skin into healthy balance with willow bark, totarol and pomegranate (a super fruit rich in antioxidants and naturally exfoliating fruit acids).

You might also add in a weekly treatment to help purify and detoxify your skin. The Incredible Pumpkin Peel is a fortifying exfoliation treatment loaded with antioxidants. This peel rejuvenates and supports cellular integrity while clearing pores and aiding detoxification. Skin is left feeling incredibly soft, smooth and clean with a renewed healthy glow.

Sensitive skin
Going from having a product that works to keep skin calm to finding that what you’ve been using now makes your skin look red and inflamed is a huge disappointment. Because sensitive skin is so tricky and because many things can trigger reactions, the best thing you can do is keep things simple. If a product stops working or your skin takes a turn for the worse, give your skin some extra TLC.

Apply a reparative mask like the Hydrating Cactus Mask to relieve redness and increase hydration. Also incorporate a serum into your daily regimen to help strengthen and protect the skin. The Pure Harmony Serum reduces the appearance of puffiness and swelling, giving skin a fresher, more youthful glow. Blended with niacinamide (the water-soluble form of vitamin B3), kinetin and licorice, this restorative serum cools, calms and brightens sensitive skin without irritation. You can even apply under the Hydrating Cactus Mask to ease inflammation and redness.