So you’ve put time and effort into finding the perfect skin care products. You’ve taken into account your skin type, problem areas, T-zone, and you’ve managed to introduce a daily skin care routine into your busy schedule without missing a day.
The results are good, but you expected more.
We’ve all been there. What many people don’t realise is that skin care products are not as effective unless they’re used in the right order. So, before you rush out to try new products, make sure your current routine isn’t the root cause of you not seeing maximum results.
Skin Care Products are Carefully Formulated Treatments
Your skin is a complex organ. It is made from cells and tissues that are in a constant process of growth and decay. Using skin care products in the right order ensures you will get the best results from your daily routine without doing damage to your skin’s ectodermal tissue.
Confused about whether you’re following best practices? Unsure whether you should cleanse or exfoliate first?
Let’s talk more about what steps you should be taking to keep your skin in great condition and what order you should be doing them in;
Step 1: Remove, Cleanse, Exfoliate/Tone
This step is all about cleaning and preparing your skin. Steps two and three involve products that work best if they can properly absorb into the skin. Removing makeup, dirt and dead skin cells make this process easier and more effective.
Begin with a makeup remover, even if you only use moisturising products on your face during the day. Once you have removed your makeup, wash your face with a gentle cleanser. An exfoliator and toner will then help to remove dead skin cells but be sure to use mild and non-abrasive products for a daily routine.
Step 2: Treat and Protect
Once your skin is clean, you’re ready to apply treatments, sunscreens, and serums. Treatments refer to any medically prescribed substances. Acne medications and other medical treatments should be applied after you finish cleansing and exfoliating. If you are doing a morning routine, apply sunscreen after treatments.
Once you’ve applied treatments and sunscreen, now is the time to use any serums you’ve incorporated into your routine. A serum is full of ingredients that are essential to the overall health of your skin. Some moisturisers can prevent serums from absorbing, so serums should always be applied before moisturisers.
Step 3: Moisturise
The final step is to moisturize your skin. It is recommended that you apply eye creams before moisturising the rest of your face. Remember to use products that are light enough not to leave a greasy after-effect, especially if you are moisturising just before bed.
It’s also a good idea to pay attention to how many serums you are using when deciding how heavy your daily moisturiser should be. Serums are great, but they’re no replacement for a good moisturiser.
The key to the entire process is balance. Make sure you’re not over-moisturising by using serums and a heavy lotion and don’t use a heavy exfoliation or astringent toner. Your daily routine should be gentle on your skin.
As you can see, the order of your skin care routine really does matter. Each step is important, but none of them are as effective if not done in the proper order. So remember to always use serums before moisturisers; and always begin your morning and nighttime skin care routine with a good cleansing.