Whether you have a 10-step routine or use two simple products, the order in which you put on your serum, oil, moisturiser and SPF can make them work to its full potential. Therefore, applying products according to consistency, from thin to thick is essential to layering your skincare. Here are the rules on how to achieve your best face ever.
Step 1: Cleanser
This is the most important step, nothing from your other skincare products will work if you don’t have a clean canvas to start with. So cleansing in the morning and at night is essential. Plus, you need to remove dirt, oil, makeup and pollution that accumulate during the day.
Dry Skin: Should look for a face wash with ingredients such as ceramides and glycerin to boost their skin’s barrier (an oil-based cleanser).
Combination / Oily Skin: Should look for a gel-based formula.
Sensitive Skin: Can just use micellar water.
Step 2: Toner
This is what’s standing between you and unclogged pores. For healthy skin you need a face toner. Use a gentle, soothing toner to remove oil and traces of dirt and grime. Toners are most helpful and necessary for people with oily or acne-prone skin, or for people who want extra cleansing after wearing makeup. Please don’t grab a toner from your local supermarket as they have the harshest formulas.
Step 3: Eye Cream
As the skin around the eye is more delicate than the rest of your face, it requires its own specific gel or cream. Select an eye cream based on your needs. For example, creams that contain caffeine, will lessen the appearance of under-eye bags.
Step 4: Serum
Think of serums as treatment for your specific skin needs, as they’ll help target any issues you may have like dark sports, dullness or acne. They also vary for different times of the day. AM serums have antioxidants, the most popular one is the vitamin C serum. For PM a serum with retinol is best to help repair and stimulate collagen production.
Step 5: Moisturiser
This is the most important step, as your moisturiser hydrates your skin but also seals in all the prior ingredients. For the day try and use a light-weight moisturiser and a thicker face cream for the evening.
Step 6: SPF
Want to ward off the ageing process and skin cancer this is an absolute essential final step in the morning. And no, you don’t need to put on sunscreen before you go to bed .