Does Order Matter When it Comes to Skincare?
Yes, yes it does!
Let’s face it -- skincare can be daunting. When you have a vanity full of serums, moisturizers, and treatments, it can be easy to skip over key steps or quite simply give up on your skincare routine. I mean, what even is a serum -- right?
Applying your products in the correct order ensures that your skin can reap the full benefits of your products, as well as helps reduce product waste. When used in the wrong sequence, chances are you’ll see dulled and slower results.
So let’s fix it! But first…
From day to night, your skin's needs are different so guess what? Your skincare order is going to be different as well! It’s important to learn how the complexion works and what products work at what time in order to see the best product payoff.
Cleanser: A gentle cleanser in the morning draws leftover oil from the skin, leaving a clean base to apply products on.
Toner: A toner gently refreshes your skin and preps the complexion for moisture.
Essence: By soaking deep into the skin, essence works on a cellular level to rebalance the skin.
Serum: Choose a hydrating or protecting serum when using during the daytime. Serums deliver a highly concentrated amount of active ingredients to combat a variety of concerns, but these two are key.
Eye Cream: Eye cream stimulates and tightens the under eyes, as well as eliminates dark circles. This will make the concealing process quicker when it's time for makeup.
Treatments: If you deal with acne, dark spots, or wrinkles now’s the time to apply any prescription or over the counter treatments. Remember to keep it light, as you don't want to clog your pores.
Moisturizer: Moisturizer is vital, as it makes up for the oil and sebum we removed during the cleansing and toning steps. Daytime moisturizer should preferably be water based.
Face Oil: Face oil creates a seal on your skin that locks in moisture all day long.
Sunscreen: We saved the best for last! SPF is extra-important (even when inside!), as UV rays can penetrate through windows and clouds. If you haven’t read our full post on UVA and UVB rays, you can find it here!
Makeup Remover: Never go to sleep with makeup on! Like, NEVER! Use a makeup removing oil or micellar water to rid your skin of any makeup or dirt that could lead to clogged pores later on.
Cleanser: An exfoliating cleanser at night helps renew the skin and clears up any leftover grime.
Toner: Toner is the last step of your PM skincare routine that “strips” the skin. Use in a cotton pad in an upwards motion to clean deep down into the pores.
Spot Treatment: Just like in the morning, spot treatments can be used wherever you desire. Don't be afraid to put them on heavier at night.
Serum: Serums work best at night because they have longer to set into the skin. Try a rejuvenating or repairing serum for the PM.
Night Cream: Denser than regular moisturizers, night creams are a bit thicker and work all night long to hydrate, repair, and replenish the complexion.
Face Oil: As one final hydration step, use a face oil to ensure your products absorb fully into the skin.
Eye Cream: Do away with puffy eyes in the morning and use an eye cream. Eye creams de-stress and calm the under eyes without being too harsh.
Face Mask: Nothing is more soothing than a face mask! Face masks should be used 1 to 2 times a week based on the strength of the mask and the sensitivity of your skin. Use them to hydrate, brighten, tighten, and clear the complexion.
Facial Peel: Facial peels, or chemical exfoliants, use AHAs and BHAs to remove dead cells. This leaves your face baby smooth and radiant. However, only do a facial peel every other week or once a month to avoid unnecessary skin irritation. And always make sure to moisturize after!
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