Switching products April 2013

A new member of the Discover With Marta program recently emailed Marta to say that while she was excited about the idea of receiving a new batch of anti-aging goodies six times a year, she wanted to know our general thoughts on changing your skincare routine every so often.

“The idea of receiving a variety of different products made me wonder whether sticking with a regimen is a good idea, or if our skin appreciates us switching it up,” she queried.

While this DWM member was personally interested in trying new products, she thought surveying the Truth in Aging community on the products they use could be a great way to gather some anecdotal data that might help answer her question. We couldn’t agree more! The takeaway from our survey (which was sent to our newsletter subscribers) was that many of you stay true to your favorite serums and creams (on average, for up to six months) and that most of you do not think that a product’s effectiveness declines with usage. Read on for a summary of our findings.

Age and skin concerns

Most respondents (40.9%) were in their 50s with combination (40%) or dry skin (35%).

Top 5 skin concerns were as follows:

-Wrinkles and fine lines (90.9%)

-Sagging (72.7%)

-Lip lines (63.6%)

-Enlarged pores (63.6%)

-Uneven skin tone and dark spots (54.5%)

Anti-aging serums

38.1% have used your primary (current favorite) serum for 3-6 months; 28.6% have used them for 1-2 months.


31.6% have used your primary moisturizer for 3-6 months; another 31.6% have used them for 1-2 months; and 21.1% have used them for 6-12 months.

Eye creams

47.6% have used your primary eye cream for 3-6 months; 23.8% have used them for 1-2 months.

Switching products

42.9% of you said you would switch to another anti-aging serum, moisturizer or eye cream only after you’ve used up the contents and did not see results. Otherwise, you would keep using the product.

Finally, 66.7% of you did not think that your primary anti-aging product becomes less effective the longer you used them.