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Correct Order of Skin Care Products
Correct Order of Skin Care Products
You wouldn’t put conditioner on before shampoo, would you? Unfortunately, the logical steps aren’t as obvious for skincare, and women everywhere are mixing them up, applying toners before cleansers and sometimes missing entire steps completely! Imagine how much dull, dead skin would build up if you never, ever exfoliated? To get the most out of your skincare products, make sure you’re following the right order with this simple guide.
Whether you are just waking up or turning in for the night, this should be your first step to remove makeup, air pollution residue or simply refresh your skin. If you leave makeup on your face overnight, you will clog up your pores, trapping dirt inside and ultimately leading to premature aging of the skin. This quick, simple step will keep your pores clear and can help to prevent acne. No matter how tired you might be, it is important not to skip this step! Using a brightening cleanser such as the Derma E Evenly Radiant Cleanser will also reduce signs of sun damage and discoloration.
Just like an artist will prep and tone a canvas before painting, a toner gets your lovely, cleansed skin ready to soak up all the goodness of your moisturizer. It’s best to use a ball of soft cotton for this step rather than your fingers. If you have sensitive skin, you might like to try a toner containing organic elements, such as this 5 Ingredient Toner.
Now it is time to apply your moisturizer. It is best to use delicate, upward finger strokes to lift your skin and stimulate blood circulation for a healthy and natural glow. A facial moisturizer like Acure is specially formulated for combination and oily skin. If you are unsure what your skin type is, it is worth consulting a dermatologist so you can find the products that will work best for you.
Next steps for the day
Cleansing, toning and moisturizing are your building blocks, but the next steps are time-dependent. No matter what time of year it is, as the famous Luhrmann song advises, you should always wear sunscreen. This will keep your skin healthy and youthful looking, reducing your likelihood of developing leathery skin, sun spots and wrinkles. Be sure to choose a sunscreen with an SPF of 15 or higher. Ignore the message that a suntan is healthy; it’s a sign of skin damage and you can safely fake the look with a good fake tan. Protecting your skin in this way is the ultimate act of self-care.
Next steps for the night
During the daytime, you don’t want to be weighed down with creamy products. However, before bed, you are free to feed your skin as much nourishing product as you like. This is the time to apply your choice of serums, spot treatments and eye creams. If you have dark circles under your eyes, there are specially formulated eye creams that contain caffeine to brighten them up.
Some skincare products don’t need to be applied regularly but make a fantastic difference to the elasticity and appearance of your skin when used as part of a weekly routine. Once or twice a week, gently exfoliate your skin, scrubbing away those dead skin particles that can give your face a dull look. Exfoliating facial scrubs are often gorgeously scented, coming in inviting aromas such as strawberry, coconut-lime and minty grapefruit. The abrasive ingredient used to remove the dead cells is usually natural, such as sugar, salt or coffee. Although exfoliation is enjoyable and leaves your skin soft and glowing, you must exercise caution; doing this more than twice a week will irritate and redden your skin.
A weekly pampering session
Once a week, pamper yourself with a face mask. It’s important not to apply your face mask on the same night you’ve exfoliated. Face masks are an increasingly trendy item, and there are a wide variety of options depending on what you feel your skin needs. You can find products designed to hydrate, brighten, moisturize and even counteract the effects of air pollution, tiredness and over-indulgence. The traditional face mask is a soothingly creamy concoction that will slowly harden before you wash it away, leaving your skin feeling satisfyingly supple. Popularised by K-dramas, the sheet mask is infused with nourishing ingredients and will gently mold to your face. Unlike creamy masks, it doesn’t matter if the sheet gets into your hair or eyes.