We’re constantly bombarded with new products that we need to add to our skincare routines to make sure that our skin is looking its best. As our routines get more complicated, however, it can be difficult to know what order we should apply all our products in to make sure that each one can do its job properly. Should you apply sunscreen first or last? How often do you need to exfoliate, and should this be before or after cleansing? Is applying your eye cream last the best way to get rid of puffiness, fine lines, and dark circles? If you’ve asked yourself any of these questions, read on to find out what order our dermatologists recommend so that you can get the best out of your skincare routine.
The first step of your skincare routine should be to remove your makeup with a dedicated makeup remover. Relying on your cleanser to do this can stop the cleanser from penetrating deeply into your pores, and cause you to rub the skin around your eyes too hard. It’s best to remove tough eyeliner and mascara with a specialised makeup remover, to avoid damaging the delicate eye area and increasing the appearance of ageing. Makeup remover is definitely a product that is worth investing a little money in, to make sure that you don’t need to press on your skin to remove even the most stubborn makeup.
Once you’ve removed your makeup, it’s time to remove all the dirt and oil build up from the day. Cleanser penetrates deep into the pores to remove all the dirt, sebum, and leftover makeup from all layers of the skin. Not only does removing all the icky oil and bacteria from your face stop you from breaking out, but it also allows the rest of your skincare regime to work its magic, rather than just sitting on the surface. There’s nothing worse than spending a fortune on a new miracle cream, only for it to have no affect at all because you skimped on cleansing.
It can be tempting to exfoliate every day, especially if you have dry, flaky skin or a lot of blemishes. This is far too often, however, and will irritate the skin more than it will benefit it. Twice a week is often enough to get the full benefit of exfoliating your skin. Do this step after you’ve cleansed, to polish away dirt from deep in the skin, and dead cells that can clog the pores. Exfoliating can be an easy skincare step to skip, especially before you’re in a routine, but it’s really important for keeping the skin smooth and clear.
Toners have been a bit of a controversial topic over the years, and many people choose to skip this part of their skincare regime, thinking that it is harsh on the skin. Skincare is advancing all the time, and the new wave of toners no longer physically shrink pores, but rather deliver essential antioxidants and toning acids to the skin. Different types of toner exist to combat a variety of skin issues, so make sure that you consult with a skincare expert about which kind would be best for your skin. Boost the effectiveness of your cleanser whilst treating skin concerns by sweeping a little over the skin to clarify pores.
Serums have become an essential part of our skin routines, delivering targeted active ingredients deep into all the layers of skin. Since serums contain very concentrated ingredients and rich antioxidants, it’s best to apply them as close to the skin as possible. Vitamin C is often included in serums, and since this provides protection from environmental pollutants and enhances UV protection, it is best to layer this next to the skin. Also, as serums have a thin consistency, they can’t penetrate thicker creams, so they should always be applied first.
Eye cream is an important skincare step that many of us miss out of our regimes. The skin around the eyes is thin and delicate, meaning that it needs more protection than the rest of the face. Dermatologists recommend that you should start using an eye cream in your 20s, or as soon as possible, because maintaining the elasticity and thickness of the skin in this delicate area will prevent the appearance of ageing. Rather than applying eye cream last, like many of us do, it’s actually best to apply it early in your regime, because these lotions are often thin and can’t penetrate through your thicker creams.
Even if you have skin that is naturally oily, moisturiser is important for restoring essential hydration and balancing the skin. It also protects the skin against pollution and infections, as well as repairing the damage of the weather and harsh chemicals. Depending on your skin type, you are likely to need a moisturiser that combats your specific skin concerns, be that oiliness, dryness, or a combination of both. Rather than just vigorously rubbing it on, massage it into the skin in an upwards motion that is gentler on the skin.
We all know we should be doing it, and we still all forget to do it. Sunscreen should be an important part of your morning skincare routine, even in the winter. Don’t put it on straight after cleansing, because it prevents all of your other products from penetrating the skin and being effective. If you’re opting for a moisturiser with sun protection so that you can skip this extra step, be sure to check both the SPF and the UVA to make sure that it will definitely be effective in protecting you against the damaging effects of the sun.
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