How Long Do Skin and Beauty Products Take to Work?

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It’s summer, and you have a wedding to attend in two weeks. After standing under your vanity lights, you notice your skin needs some attention.

Maybe you have dark circles that just aren’t responding to concealer. Or perhaps you have some sunspots that could stand some fading. You are about to order some products online but have to wonder, how long will it take for all these lotions, creams, and serums to work?

When you start with skin and beauty products, you want to see results. Here’s how long you can expect to wait before you see an improvement.

Factors That Impact Cosmetic Outcomes

There are multiple factors that can impact the result of any cosmetic application that you use. Understanding the interplay between these external factors and your desired outcome will help you get the best results.

Proper Product Application

Skincare products should be applied with the right tool, whether it’s clean fingers, an applicator like a sponge, or a Q-tip. Reading the instructions on the product or receiving coaching at the cosmetics counter will aid in proper technique. Knowing the order in which to apply multiple treatments is also essential.


Proper hydration aids in skin appearance and performance. Eating healthy oils and fats ramps up collagen production, which then prevents wrinkles. A heart-healthy diet rich in leafy greens fights melanoma. Avoiding sugary and high-fat foods stops blemishes and acne.

Using the Right Products

It’s important to understand whether your skin is dry, oily, normal, sensitive, or a combination of many. You also have to diagnose problems like sunspots, rosacea, or acne before choosing a product to address it. If you are in the sun frequently, you’ll need products that provide SPF coverage.

Strength of the Product

Some over-the-counter products are not strong enough to fix certain skin issues. Cosmetics cannot make medical claims the way a drug can, so if you are wanting to eliminate an issue instead of just improving it, you’ll want a prescription.

All in Good Time: When to Receive Results

After diagnosing your skin problem, obtaining the right product, receiving coaching on how to use it, and treating yourself to a healthy diet and hydration, you’ll want to know how long it will take to receive results.

Here are some of the most common skin and beauty products and how long they take to work.


The right cleanser will demonstrate results immediately. Your skin should be smoother, softer, and cleaner.

If you are using an acne face wash, it can take 1 to 2 weeks to see initial benefits and 3 months to see full results. It is recommended that you wash your face for no longer than 60 seconds in order to avoid irritating or drying it out.


Moisturizers work immediately, but to know if they are working effectively, you’ll want to give it one to two weeks.

Any moisturizer that contains hyaluronic acid will immediately address hydration and also provide instant skin-plumping. Daytime moisturizers are typically lighter and contain SPF, while nighttime creams are heavier and often promote repair.

Dark Spot Treatments

Hyperpigmentation can be challenging to treat, and the response time is generally 2 to 3 months after consistent use.

In the hot, summer months, the treatment can take longer because UV rays contribute to further pigmentation. Wearing SPF can counteract the sun’s rays and improve treatment quality.

Hand Creams

Hand creams are designed for quick absorption and instant hydration, diminishing the look of cracks, lines, and dryness immediately.

For best results, hand creams should be used on a daily basis, and more than twice a day if you are washing your hands or using sanitizer frequently. For improved elasticity and moisture, as well as anti-aging results, use hand creams regularly for 2-8 weeks.


Toners improve radiance, soften and smooth the skin, reduce redness, and diminish pore size. Brightening and smoothing can occur after one use, while redness and pore reduction take 1 to 2 weeks of regular use.


Masks create instant improvement in tone and texture after one use. They remove the top dead layer of skin and clean out pores.

Some masks are meant to be used once a week, and if they have an active ingredient like salicylic acid, they show the most improvements at 6 weeks of regular use.

Skin and Beauty: Customizing Your Routine

At Living Pure Natural, we have luxury natural products that can be customized according to your skin type and conditions. We use the best raw, natural ingredients, and absolutely no harmful chemicals, like parabens, silicones, mineral oil, and phthalate.

When you purchase from us, you are also expressing your commitment to the environment. We have implemented Green Light Initiatives that embrace the use of minimal and reusable packaging, along with buying sustainable ingredients. We avoid materials that are non-biodegradable, such as microplastics and microbeads.

We never use any animal testing, and we do not source materials that are scarce. We are developing refill products to cut down on unnecessary packaging.

Our products embody our company’s values, which guide all of our decisions and set us apart from the competition. We approach all of our processes with wonder, provenance, sensation, rapport, and zest.

If you want to know the best products for your skin and beauty routine, be sure to get your personalized skincare consultation today!