We all love the excitement of buying new products with the hopes that it fixes up our skin only to use it and see zero results. Well I’m here to talk to you about 5 possible reasons why your skincare products aren’t working properly.

1. They’re not suited for your skin

This is pretty obvious reason, sometimes we choose products that work better for a specific skin type or sometimes the product just doesn’t work for our skin. The latter sucks but skincare if trial and error and it takes a while to learn what works and what doesn’t.

Solution: Know your skin and skin type, for example gel/water creams are best suited for oily skin because they give an extra source of hydration and have a good oil-water balance, so they’re less likely to leave an oily look or feel. Meanwhile a creamier moisturiser would be better dry skin types as they lack oil. These are some little things that help a lot.

2. You’re not using the product properly

This again is pretty obvious but a lot of people don’t realise that they aren’t using a certain product properly. For example exfoliation, for physical exfoliants people tend to put too much pressure on their skin and this makes the scrub too harsh and this can cause irritations; chemical exfoliants: leaving the exfoliant on for too long, starting off with a very high concentration – these are all classic example of using a product incorrectly. Hyaluronic acid is best used on damp skin, so it has water to grab unto – if you’re not adding some water/moisture to your skin after using a HA serum, this can cause the HA to pull water from inside your skin (leading to dry and flaky skin not good!)

Solution: Read the instructions properly and if in doubt, contact the brand or you can look up the product and find demo videos on youtube.

3. Not using suncream

Suncream is so important for EVERYONE. Look, the UV rays don’t discriminate. It doesn’t care how dark your skin is, how much money you have, how healthy you are and all of that. The basic fact is that if you spend long periods of time in the sun unprotected then guess what you’re causing damage to your skin – visible or not. That’s why when you tan it’s literally your body trying to protect your skin from the harmful UV rays by releasing more melanin. Using suncream is key for anti-aging products to be more effective, sun damage ages your skin terribly (early wrinkles), it also means if you have hyperpigmentation it’s not going to clear up anytime soon. It can actually make them darker especially for my melinated folks. Those darks marks are caused by the release of excess melanin.

Solution: Just wear suncream! The recommended factor is nothing lower than spf 30, anything above spf 50 isn’t doing much either – it won’t give extra protection or 24 protection. Reapply through out the day (every 2 hours, a great app to help you with reminders as well as getting the UV index in your location is UV Lens, it’s available on iOS and android). If you wear makeup there are translucent powders with spf you can use to touch up throughout the day.

4. You’re using lots of “bad” products

When I say bad, I mean bad for your skin. You can have one super product but if the other products you use are trash then you’re simply not going to get the results you want. What does this mean? You could have a cleanser that doesn’t leave you feeling stripped, dry and tight or oily throughout the day but if the rest of your routine is filled with harsh products like an astringent toner, a harsh scrub/chemical exfoliant that’s too high a concentration for you and so on your skin isn’t going to get better.

Solution: It’s all about finding the perfect balance, you need all your products to work well and not cause harm to your skin. That way each of them can do what they need to do and give you the results you want.

5. Damaged moisture (protective) barrier

This is so important and a lot of people don’t even realise it. Once you damage your moisture barrier unless you focus on healing it, your products won’t work (that well). How does one damage their protective barrier? Using hot water in the shower to cleanse your face, over-exfoliating, using harsh and stripping cleansers/scrubs, using denatured alcohol, using ingredients like raw lemon, baking soda, apple cider vinegar on your skin. These can all wreck your skin from the inside out and not only will your products seem useless but you’re going to be breaking out even more, have overly sensitised skin, prone to burning feeling from bland moisturisers and so on. It is essential to keep your moisture barrier intact and healthy. Clear skin does NOT always mean healthy moisture barrier, lol don’t get it twisted.

Solution: reevaluate your entire routine, cut out ALL harsh products and stop doing harmful things to your skin. Be more gentle to with your skin and focus on hydration and protection till it’s healthy again. Once your moisture barrier has healed your skin is going to improve a lot, simply because your skin will be able to do its job properly.


Well that is all I have for you today! These aren’t all the reasons a product may not be working for your skin but I think people would benefit from these the most. I hope I was able to help you in some way.