Most people aren’t applying their skincare products in the correct order. Some think the order doesn’t matter. I’m here to tell you that it does. Depending on the density of the products and how you layer them, you could be throwing your money out the window. If you apply your face oil, then a retinol based wrinkle cream, the cream will be completely ineffective. Oil is so thick that nothing can penetrate it once you’ve applied it. So to get the most benefit out of your products, you need to learn the right order for application.
1. Remove your makeup
We all know not removing makeup well causes premature aging, so just don’t do it. Take every bit of your makeup off. Enough said.
2. Cleanse your face
Once you’ve taken every trace of makeup off, you need to cleanse your face with a gentle cleanser. Word to the wise, those all-in-one cleansing face wipes don’t work and will leave you with yucky face grime.
3. Apply toner
Not everyone uses a toner, but it does prime your face for all the products that follow. If you use one, be sure to choose one suited for your skin type. For acne prone or oily skin, use a toner with BHA (beta hydroxy acid) or AHA (alpha hydroxy acid). For other skin types, go for a gentler, hydrating toner.
4. Pat on eye cream
Yes, pat. Rubbing it in won’t make it penetrate more. You never want to rub the delicate skin around your eye area. Many eye creams are for morning use, while others are just for night use. Morning eye creams focus on depuffing and banishing under eye circles. Night eye creams take advantage of your body’s ability to regenerate and heal while you sleep. If you are over 30, then eye cream is something you should be applying twice daily as part of your skincare.
5. Spot treat
If you have any pimples to spot treat or dark spots to target, you should apply those treatments now. For acne, use products containing salicylic acid or benzoyl peroxide. For severe dark spots, hydroquinone or niacinamide (vitamin B3) work well. Again, a Vitamin C serum like Rosy Radiant’s is your first line of defense against dark spots.
6. Moisturize, moisturize, moisturize
If you are going to skip any steps, it should never be this one. It’s a common misconception that oily skinned people don’t need to use daily moisturizer. Everyone needs moisturizer, and there’s a moisturizer out there for every skin type.
7. Seal it all in with face oil
There’s a face oil for everyone, not just those with dry skin. Jojoba and rosehip oils fight blemishes. Using a face oil at the end of your regimen locks in your products. The nature of oil helps seal the skin, so your products remain on your skin longer and absorb better.
8. Don’t forget sunscreen
As part of your morning routine, your last step should always be to apply sunblock. Aim for at least SPF 30. To really protect your skin, you need to apply every two hours. If you are worried about messing up your makeup, look into matte sunscreens or powders with added SPF.
No matter what skin products you are using, we hope this made clear what order to apply your products. No two faces are alike, so no two skin regimens will be the same! Pick the products for your skin type and needs.