Putting up a poll for this one, because I really am curious to know the answer: how often do you change your skincare routine?

Quite often –mostly on beaut.ie— I see people talking about how they must try out this new skincare item, and everytime I do, my mind boggles. Good skincare products are, as a rule, expensive as hell. The notion of “trying out” skincare items to me sounds like someone saying they’re “trying out” moving to Russia without speaking any Russian, or they’re “trying out” lion-taming as a hobby. It’s not that lion-taming or moving to Russia aren’t great ideas that could work out really amazingly, they’re just not things you should rush into without a lot of consideration beforehand.

My skincare routine has evolved over a period of years, and I only add or remove something if I absolutely have to– like if my skin has started really acting up, or if something I’ve been using has been discontinued. Changing it at the drop of a hat is something I just can’t imagine, especially if there are expensive products involved. What do you even do with them if you try them out and discover they don’t work and you’re left with 270ml of something you can’t ever put onto your skin again? The guilt of that would kill me.

And so, a poll. Give me some insight into the trends of others, and perhaps I will bend to the wisdom of the majority:

Am I just a cheapskate? Am I pathologically change-resistant? What do you do with all the skincare products you’ve tried that haven’t worked for you? Drop me a line and let me know!


  1. Posted June 23, 2014 at 23:45 | Permalink | Reply

    Haha I love the analogy. One of the reasons I’ve heard is that people’s skin gets “used” to products and thus they need to change what they use since they aren’t getting the proper effects anymore. Skin care is something I’ve really wanted to delve into lately but it’s hard to figure out what’s best considering as you mention, the stuff is so darn expensive!

    • Posted June 24, 2014 at 00:10 | Permalink | Reply

      Dude, it’s nuts. I do use VERY good quality skincare and it does cost the earth, but it’s working for me so far, and I don’t plan on changing it unless I have problems! I’ve toyed with cheaper products where I got them at great discounts and thought I wouldn’t be wasting too much money if they didn’t work out for me, but when it comes to the fancy stuff… HELL no.

      I guess not everyone’s as obsessed with skincare as I am– perhaps they have naturally clear skin, or maybe it’s just because I hate using foundation so much, but skincare is definitely my number one beauty priority, so the idea of changing your skincare as often as you might change your underwear is deeply alarming to me!

      I’ve heard the same thing about your skin getting used to the things you use, which is why I use one set of products in the morning and a different set at night. I just hate the notion of taking a leap of faith with two things that are really important to me, namely: my wallet, and my face. There are things I don’t mind taking chances with, but those two don’t make the list!

      Thanks for commenting. ❤

      • Posted June 24, 2014 at 00:17 | Permalink | Reply

        That is so true! It’s also hard for me to imagine just switching things up because you “just feel” like trying it. Like what?! I just feel like trying all sorts of great things but my wallet would be grumpy for sure. I think it’s a step I need to take though since my skin is far from lovely and clear! Guess it’s time to research what I should do 🙂

        And you’re welcome!!

        • Posted June 24, 2014 at 00:28 | Permalink | Reply

          I’m happy to introduce new makeup things, because if those don’t work out I can give them to friends or relatives, or just keep them “in storage” for a few months until I feel like using them, but it’s a different kettle of fish with skincare.

          It’s not just the price element, though– it takes a LOT of work to keep my skin from being spotty and gross, and once I do break out, it takes FOREVER to get it to calm back down again. I’m always afraid that something I try out might put my skin on the skids again, and it’s just not worth it to me to take the risk.

          If you haven’t found anything that works for you so far, though, I would definitely recommend doing your research like you said, and also hitting up some counters for samples, at least.

          My skin isn’t perfect, but it’s TONNES better than it used to be now that I pay proper attention to it. I’ve written up a little post about the things I’ve found helped knock it into shape, which you can read here, if you’re curious: https://anezash.wordpress.com/2014/06/09/skincare-the-skinny/

          Hope it helps! x

          • Posted June 24, 2014 at 00:45 | Permalink | Reply

            I feel exactly the same about my skin. It has a tendency to be a mess and I’d much rather just whip it into shape as opposed to covering it up. It also takes me quite a long time To try and get things back to normal again. I will definitely take a look at that though. I do appreciate it!

  2. Posted June 24, 2014 at 13:34 | Permalink | Reply

    I don’t think you’re a cheapskate. So many products seem overpriced, IMO. I also think continually changing would confuse the skin & result in a lot of not-good side effects/results. I haven’t changed in a long time but I used to give products away because I had spent so much on them. Nowadays I think what you put in your body (diet/hydration) is more effective, or at least makes more of a difference (for me, anyway) than what you put on your body, productwise . 🙂

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