I am a big believer in that if you focus on good skin care routine, you won’t actually need a lot of makeup. It may seem like an overstatement, but our skin care routine is EVERYTHING! How we take care of our skin affects how our makeup looks and how we age. It also helps us from troublesome skin issues and can lessen signs of skin discoloration. But with all of the products on the market and each cream and serum serving a different purpose, it’s hard to keep it all straight.
We wonder if it really matters as to when and in what order should we apply our skin care products? Are we supposed to moisturize our face before applying eye cream? Or is that serum supposed to go on after the toner? Is there actually a Correct Order for Applying Skincare Products. It is confusing to say the least!
Why Sequence Matters
You can invest in the finest skincare in the world, but if you apply products in the wrong order they’ll never reach their full impact. Applying your skin care products in the proper order ensures that your skin receives the full benefits of each product.
For example, if you applied a cream-based product first followed by a serum. The cream’s emolliency would prevent the serum from reaching the skin. Many moisturizers also contain water. And if you apply a moisturizer over a sunscreen, you would in effect be watering down your sunscreen and diluting its efficacy.
Following is the correct sequence in which the Skincare products are to be applied for best results
An easy rule of thumb to follow is to apply your products with the thinnest consistency to thickest, or from liquid to oil i.e., go lightest to heaviest.
1. Cleanser Start by removing dirt and oil build-up with your facial cleanser. If you have some water-proof make-up on your face, then double cleansing is recommended for you. It involves using a cleansing oil (you can use coconut oil, olive oil or baby oil) first to dissolve your makeup (Oil is a gentle way to thoroughly cleanse your skin without having to scrub harshly or strip it of its natural oils). And then washing your face again with your regular cleanser. This leaves your skin fresh and perfectly prepped to absorb your skin regimen. For a thorough cleanse, exfoliate at least once or twice a week.
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2. Toner After cleansing, apply an alcohol-free toner and leave it damp on the skin. Most people choose to skip toners, partly because there’s a lingering assumption that most toners are harsh and irritate the skin. Fortunately, with the new breed of toners, that’s not the case anymore. Toners serve multiple purpose, like acts as a carrier to deliver the ingredients in your serum deeper into the skin, removes face wash residue plus chlorine, salts, and minerals found in tap water, as well as plumps skin cells with hydration. Additionally, each type of toner is intended for a different skin issue, so it’s important to use the right kind for your skin concern. The Rosewater Facial toner from Forest Essentials is one of the best toners that I have used till date. If you have a combination skin, this toner is highly recommended.
3. Spot Treatment If you are under any kind of topical medication for acne or other skin issues then prescription medications and spot treatments need to be applied as close to the skin as possible to maximize their benefits. For example, in case of acne treatments, the ointment dries up excess oil and kills bacteria in your problem spots. For best results, allow at least five minutes before layering on your next product to ensure it doesn’t knock out the benefits of the medication.
4. Serum Serums are super-concentrated, nutrient-dense treatments that address specific concerns. There are a wide range of varieties available with different ingredients; so most of your selection process will come down to your specific needs. Look for ingredients that are beneficial to your skin type, such as white tea for calming redness, peptides for firming, Hyaluronic acid for hydrating, and vitamin C for brightening. They should always be applied to the skin while it’s still damp so that it seals in moisture.
5. Moisturizer or Face Oil This is the most staple step in the skin care regimen. It protects the skin and doubles as a sealant, keeping the other ingredients in the skin. The best time to apply a moisturizer is when the skin is still moist. After using a gentle cleanser, lightly pat your face damp, apply your treatments and serums and then immediately apply a layer of moisturizer to lock in the hydration.
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6. Eye Cream Most eye creams are heavier and more concentrated than regular moisturizer. According to dermatologists, it’s vital to apply an eye cream at least every night, if not twice a day, starting in your 20s. It’s about maintaining the health and thickness of the eyelid skin. Improving the skin quality in this area early on ensures that the eyelid skin does not easily lose laxity and appears smooth later on. Consistency is the key for best results. Regular use of eye cream over time will keep the eyelid skin elastic and can improve or prevent against some fine lines or collagen loss.
7. Sunscreen This is a step that should never be skipped. It acts as a barrier against the sun’s harmful rays. This should be the last application on your face so as to ensure its full benefit against the sun damage. Even if your moisturizer or any other skin care products claims to have SPF, it is advisable that you apply a Sunscreen to have a sure shot protection against any sun damage.
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Here is a graphic that illustrates precisely how to layer your serums, moisturizer, and so on when you get ready in the morning.
While following this routine allows for greater absorption of nutrients, it’s still better to listen to your skin and find out what really works for you.
It’s important to remember that you are unique and that nobody else has your skin. What may work wonders for your best friend may not be ideally suited for you. My best advice is to find what works for you and be kind to your skin.
Remember beauties, “I regret taking such good care of my skin” – said no one ever!