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Skincare Myth: Do we really need to change products every 3 months?


Time to read 3 min

In the vast world of skincare, myths and misconceptions abound. 

One prevalent belief is that to maintain healthy skin, you must constantly switch up your skincare products to prevent your skin from becoming "accustomed" to them. 

This myth suggests that if you stick with the same products for too long, they will lose their effectiveness, leading to lackluster results.

However, this notion is not only misleading but also potentially harmful to your skin. In this blog, we'll delve into the details of this myth, explore why it's untrue, and provide evidence-backed insights into maintaining a stable and effective skincare routine.

1. What is The Myth?

The myth of skincare product  "accustomization" suggests that our skin develops a tolerance to certain ingredients or formulations over time, rendering them less effective. 

Proponents of this belief argue that to keep our skin continuously responsive to skincare products, we need to rotate them regularly, swapping out old favorites for new ones. 

This notion has led many skincare enthusiasts on a perpetual quest for the next best thing, fearing that sticking with the same products will lead to diminishing returns.

2. Is The Myth True?

Absolutely NOT!

Skin Doesn't Get "Used To" or Become "Toelerant" of Products.

Your skin doesn't develop a tolerance to skincare products in the same way your body might to medication. While it's true that certain skincare ingredients may yield diminishing returns over time, this is not due to the skin becoming "accustomed" to them. Rather, it's often a result of the product's inability to address changing skin concerns or external factors such as environmental damage or hormonal fluctuations. 

So if a product works for you, it will continue to work for you unless your skin's needs change due to factors like aging, hormonal fluctuations, or environmental influences, such as seasonal changes.

3. How To Maintain Effective Skincare Routine


The cornerstone of an effective skincare routine is consistency. 

Your skin, just like your body's natural cycle, thrives on routine, and constantly switching products can disrupt its delicate balance. Consistently using well-formulated products tailored to your skin type and concerns is far more beneficial than hopping from one product to another in search of a quick fix. In fact, switching products too often can disrupt your skin's barrier function, leading to irritation and sensitivity.


Many skincare products require time to deliver noticeable results. Whether you're targeting acne, hyperpigmentation, or aging concerns, it's essential to give your products time to work. 

It's recommended to use a product for at least 2-3 months before expecting significant changesSwitching products too frequently prevents you from reaping the full benefits and can lead to frustration and impatience.


Not all skincare products are created equal, and not all of them will work well together. Instead of constantly rotating products, focus on building a cohesive skincare routine comprised of products that complement each other. 

Pay attention to ingredient compatibility and avoid overloading your skin with too many active ingredients at once. (Read about which ingredients to avoid mixing.)


While your skin doesn't need constant switching of products, it may benefit from adjustments over time. 

Factors like seasonal changes, hormonal fluctuations, or aging can affect your skin's needs. (Click to learn about spring-winter seasonal changes and what you can do for your skin during this period.)

When these changes occur, reassess your skincare routine and make adjustments as necessary.

4. Conclusion

The notion that you need to constantly switch up skincare products to maintain healthy skin is a myth. Consistency, compatibility, and listening to your skin are far more critical factors in achieving and maintaining optimal skin health. 

Rather than chasing after the latest skincare trends, focus on building a routine comprised of well-formulated products that address your skin's unique needs. 

By debunking this myth, you can save both time and money while achieving the healthy, glowing skin you desire.

5. Our Recommendation

Exfoliating regularly to remove dead skin cells, composed of dirt and oil, and moisturizing with potent actives such as Vitamins C, E, B5, B2, and Hyaluronic Acid will help maintain a healthy skin and support slow aging.

Try our Exfoliating Cleansing Cream at night 2-3 times a week. Containing Jojoba ester beads, this mild exfoliator will gently remove dead skin cells to reveal brighter and fresh-looking skin. 

You can then skip all toners, serums, and moisturizer with this one-step Essence, All-in-One Essence, for a spa-like result!