This is a topic I’m asked about daily! And I get it.
With the range of skincare products available to us in this day and age it can be fairly mind boggling to choose what products will suit your skin best and what order you are to apply them in. Especially when you see the likes of the Korean’s with their 10 step skincare routine, it’s bound to leave you scratching your head!
But fear not, there is a very simple way to work out the order you are to apply your products in to get the most benefits out of them and I’m here to break it down for you.
The easiest way is to break up your skincare routine into 2 parts
- The products you will be rinsing off your face
- The products you will be leaving on.
First we will concentrate on the products you use on a daily basis, so leave out your exfoliators, masks etc for a minute.
For the products you rinse off your face, think about your cleansers, toners, etc.
You want to start with the thickest or oiliest product.
That is because they are used to remove the real bulk of anything that’s on your skin like makeup, natural oils, sweat etc. Oil attracts oil and it is the best type of cleanser for the job at hand, so you want to start out your routine with the likes of an oil cleanser (The Geranium & Orange Cleansing Oil), or balm.
When you have removed the main grease and grime form your skin you want to go onto your second cleanse (yes you read that right, 2 cleanses, read on to find out why).
For your second cleanse, you will choose a product with a lighter consistency like a milk cleanser (eg. The Hydrating Orange Blossom Cleansing Milk), this cleanser will usually be a more active cleanser. What I mean by active, is that it will have more of an effect on your skin because it could contain the likes of Alpha Hydroxy Acids that are actually treating your skin. But, the first cleanse is so important before using this type of product, to remove makeup etc, so that your active cleanser is able to work it’s magic on the actual skin rather than trying to fight its way through a layer of makeup first.
Are you still with me??
The next step would be toning, so this is the lightest consistency of the products you are wiping off your skin. The idea of a toner is to remove any residue of cleanser that may be left on the skin, and to balance the pH of your skin before you move on to applying your leave-on products ( try the Soothing Rose Toner).
For your leave-on products, you want to do the exact opposite of the above ( I think this is what confuses people the most), so, you want to start with the lightest consistency of product and work up to the thickest.
That is because obviously if you apply the thicker product first, the lighter products won’t be able to get down deeper into the skin where they are needed.
So, your lightest product will likely be your serum. Your serum is usually the most potent product in your skincare routine as they are packed with beneficial active ingredients, (eg. The Hyaluronic Acid & Multi Vitamin Face Serum) like, Hyaluronic Acid, Vitamins and Botanical Extracts, so this product has to go on first.
Next step would be your eye cream or moisturiser, for these two I really don’t think it matters which you apply next as you are not applying them to the same area.
But what I would say is apply your eye cream down to the top of your cheek bones and make sure you don’t apply your moisturiser any higher than that, as the skin around the eyes is just so thin and delicate that your moisturiser is just too thick for this area.
In the mornings then you should also be applying your SPF over your moisturiser, and for obvious reasons it’s not needed at night.
So that is your daily routine, so for the cleansing part, start with the thickest product and work down to the lightest consistency product. And then for your leave-on products, do it the other way around, starting with the lightest product and work up to the thickest as the thicker products will help to lock in the lighter products into the skin.
So for those once a week treatments like exfoliating and maybe using a mask you will do it in the following order.
- Oil Cleanse
- Active Cleanser
- Exfoliate (great to remove any build up of dead skin to allow the other products to penetrate better)
- Mask (Works so much better after exfoliating)
- Tone (To rebalance the pH before applying your leave on products)
- Eye Cream
- SPF (Daytime)
I hope that makes it a little easier to understand.
But as always if you have any questions please feel free to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org or through the social media channels,
Until next time,