Tips on using new skin care products

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Sometime in June, I asked if it is normal for our skin to break out when using new products and from the various comments, it looks like many ladies have at one point or another, broke out when using new products.  In fact, some actually expressed that they feel nervous about trying new products because they’re worried about how their skin would behave.  However, we do have to use new products at one point or another – due to changes in skin condition or out of curiosity.  So what’s the best way to go about introducing new products into our skin care routine?

Actually, I only have one tip to share when it comes to introducing new product into your skin care regime and that is – don’t bin your old skin care products yet because they will be handy under the following suggestions where you’re supposed to be introducing your new products into your skin care routine gradually:

Use your new product on alternate days
A lot of us are always excited about trying out new products and would like to jump straight at it and use it every day especially if it promises to deliver some miraculous results.  However, if the product promises some results, it is likely to incorporate some active ingredients which may cause sensitivity or irritation at first.  Hence, it is advisable to use the product on alternate days first, for the first week.  If there are no problems, then you may continue using it every day.

Use your new product once a day
Another way to phase in your new product is to use it only once a day for a week.  Say if it is a new serum that suggests usage of twice a day, you might want to try it once a day in the night.  The reason why I suggest using it in the night is because your night time skin care routine is likely to be simpler.  If after a week and your skin looks fine without any breakout, then you can start to use the product twice a day as suggested.    However, remember to observe and watch for signs of breakout and moderate usage should that happens.

Introduce one new product a day
Many experts tell you to introduce one new product a day in the event you’ve bought a range.  This particularly makes sense if the product contains active ingredient and you want to be extra careful especially if you know your skin tends to break out easily.  However, I feel that even so, you want to use the new product once a day instead of twice initially.

My personal experience
I subscribe to these tips myself because I find that my skin condition has changed somewhat over this year.  I never used to worry very much about using new products but these days, I’m more careful and phase in new products – especially those with active ingredients – very gradually.  I’ve had instances where a new product didn’t work for me initially but was fine after I went back to trying after a month.  I’ve also experienced using products that will definitely give me bumps when used more than once daily.  And I never use a new sunscreen without having my old one around just in case. 

Understand your skin type
And I can’t emphasize how important it is to understand your own your skin type.  Is your skin extremely sensitive?  Do you break out easily?  Are you going through some hormonal changes that affect your skin?  If your answer is yes, then you might want to be extra careful when using new products.  Conduct a skin patch test to detemine if the product is suitable for you if you have to.  In addition, if you know there are some ingredients that are not suitable, remember to scrutinize the ingredient list for them.

Finally, watch your skin carefully when you’re using a new skin care product.  If your skin is misbehaving big time even after phasing in gradually, then it is likely not for you.


  1. Evah says:

    I think these tips are great! I have sensitive skin, so your advice will be quite useful next time I try a new product. Thank you

  2. Blovet Beauty says:

    these tips are really useful, I always try to introduce new products too soon and I just dump them if they make me breakout. Now I’ll try to introduce them bit by bit, thks sweetie!

  3. aichaku says:

    hahaa i’m old already, so i can’t recall if i’ve mentioned this to you before, but i read that patch test done on the neck or underarm or anywhere else on the body isn’t really good enough because the face has more pores and is more sensitive (ie. absorbs more stuff?) so testing near the jaw line/cheek is likely to yield more accurate results.

  4. Kaye says:

    Oh that’s so true! I was testing La Mer a few days back and now I have a horrible break out ? I just broke the first two things you mentioned ?

  5. sesame says:

    You’re welcome! Glad you find them useful.

  6. sesame says:

    Yes, hopefully you won’t have to bin new products you purchase next time.

  7. sesame says:

    You’re right…the skin on our face is different from the other parts but not everyone wants to put their fact to test so using skin on these parts may give some clues.

    Aiyah…I’m much older than you and that makes me an antique…hahaha…

  8. sesame says:

    Oh Creme de la Mer do cause breakouts for some skin types. The lighter version is said to be better.

    Anyway, you might want to try with these tips and see if the cream works better for you.

  9. akiki says:

    nice tips~
    never thought of the bads when trying new products…:P
    i like the tips!!

  10. sesame says:

    Hope they’ll come in handy for you…

  11. Lynn says:

    I really like these tips. Adding a new product slowly, one at a time, makes a lot of sense. Thanks for sharing!

  12. pf1123 says:

    Hey, great tips. I’m trying a new hydrating serum and it broke me out a little. But it might not be all its fault as I was using a lousy makeup remover at the same time. I’m travelling. So, I tend to bring skincare which are travel friendly, rather than my normal stuff.

    Well, in trying new stuff, I think an important thing to note is that we often buy stuff from overseas (because there are so many nice stuff outside Sg!) happily and hope that it would work. However, we neglect to check if the skincare is released at the season which is right for us.

    For example, in Japan and Korea, the new version of skincare lotions and potions are released every change in season. That is what I observed. I guess its to match the change in weather. But in Sg, there is just 1 season. So, the version of the products we buy might not be suitable in Sg’s climate.

    And also, when travelling, many people’s bodies just go haywire. So, I’m more incline to observe the weather or timing of release before I buy skincare from abroad. And I will try it when I get back home. ?

  13. CY says:

    ya.. the version of the product may not be suitable for the tropical climate..

    an example is when i was in Korea, I bought an entire set of Face Shop products coz it was so CHEAP there. it was winter then.

    When i arrived in KL, i realised that the products (moisturising skincare) may have been good for winter, but in the tropical climate, it would have been to rich for a humid climate.

    so now, if i do go overseas, i’ll have to check whether its summer or winter, to be able to get the correct type of skincare products depending on which country’s climate i go to next..

    i guess this is something we learn along the way…

  14. sesame says:

    You’re welcome!

  15. sesame says:

    Ya, I think you have a good point about the seasons…some of the products could be unsuitable for our tropical climate. Anyway, I hardly buy skin care products when I travel. Usually, I only buy those I use if it’s cheaper than what’s available here. But I would attempt makeup.

  16. sesame says:

    Yup…some of these are really learnt through trial and error. A lot of times when we travel, we also like to make impulse purchase. ?

  17. cosmetofood says:

    Thanks for sharing relevant information about skin product. nice blog

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