When you invest in a new anti-ageing skincare product, you're likely very eager to see results. After reading promises such as 'visible reduction in fine lines and wrinkles', just how long do you have to wait to see those results?
The answer to this question depends on the ingredients in the product.
Anti-ageing skincare can take as little as a day to as long as three months to yield noticeable results. Generally, the longer you use the product, the more improvements you'll see.
There are three categories of ingredients that offer a visible reduction in fine lines and wrinkles. Some ingredients reduce hyperpigmentation and yield other benefits too. You'll find these wonder-workers in three convenient products.
Skin-plumping serums contain humectants, or 'moisture-magnets'. These ingredients attract from the air a significant amount of water—often several times their own weight. This water is then locked into skin, which instantly appears smoother.
One humectant that's garnered a significant amount of press is hyaluronic acid, or sodium hyaluronate. This skincare ingredient can hold up to 1,000 times its own weight in water. Because hyaluronic acid doesn't affect the skin's structure or processes, it gives immediate results.
Exfoliating is a very important step in any anti-ageing routine. As skin matures, its skin cell turnover rate declines. What was once a 30-day cycle can take up to 40 days. This means the top layers of skin, which are dead, stay put for longer and cause skin to look tired and dull.