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Why Your Skincare Routine Is Wrong

Why Your Skincare Routine Is Wrong

How To Apply Skin Care

Does it really matter which order you apply your skin care products? Won't the skin get all the same nourishment in the end?

As a matter of fact, applying your skin care in the correct order makes all the difference.

Penetration

Skin serves three vital functions: protections, regulation and sensation.

When it comes to protection, the skin is particularly efficient at keeping things out. This poses a problem because many of the ingredients in our skin care products are ones that we want to let in.

Applying your skin care products in the correct order will help ensure that the ideal percentage of the active ingredients get in. Truthfully, even with a perfectly formulated skin care product only a very small percentage of these key ingredients can penetrate the epidermal layer.

If you do not apply in the correct order you risk not seeing the best results for your skin.

How to Layer Skin Care Products

A Step-by-Step Guide

As a general rule of thumb, start with the products that have the thinnest consistency and finish with the thickest. Start with products that are most critical to penetrate the skin like serum for example and complete your routine with products that generally sit on the skin like day/night cream.

Day

Your morning routine is all about protection from the sun, harsh winter wind and pollutants. So leave you peels and Vitamin A treatments for the end of the day.

Step 1: Cleanser

In the morning you can cleanse your face with a splash of warm water. If you forgot to use cleanser before bed, go ahead and use it now.

Step 2: Toner

We like to describe toner as a mini-serum that is used as a catalyst for the products that follow. While they don't physically shrink pores, toner acts as a powerful delivery system for antioxidants, Vitamin B derivatives and toning acids.

Toner's were invented with the purpose of balancing the pH of the skin after it becomes too basic from all of the budget-friendly but harsh soaps that most of us use.

There are a number of different toners available unique to the problems faced by individual skin type. This is why it is important that you choose the right product for you. If you aren't sure, ask one of our licensed estheticians or send us an email and we will be very happy to help you get the right product.

Step 3: Serum

If you haven't heard about serums by now you've likely been living under a rock. They are all the rage lately and for a very good reason.

Serums are super-concentrated and nutrient-dense treatments that unlike all other skin care products are both curative and preventative. It can help with problems like wrinkles, fine lines, redness, dryness and acne. It's truly a super-potion of goodness for the skin.

Because of the incredible healing powers of the serum it's best to keep it as close to the skin as possible. Good serums are never cheap so don't make the expensive mistake of applying it after the creams go on.

Note: If you are using spot treatment for acne you should be applying after the serum goes on and before any moisturizer creams.

Step 4: Moisturizer (Day Cream)

If you haven't heard about serums by now you've likely been living under a rock. They are all the rage lately and for a very good reason.

Serums are super-concentrated and nutrient-dense treatments that unlike all other skin care products are both curative and preventative. It can help with problems like wrinkles, fine lines, redness, dryness and acne. It's truly a super-potion of goodness for the skin.

Because of the incredible healing powers of the serum it's best to keep it as close to the skin as possible. Good serums are never cheap so don't make the expensive mistake of applying it after the creams go on.

Note: If you are using spot treatment for acne you should be applying after the serum goes on and before any moisturizer creams.


Night

During the night your skin beings a natural repairing process. Your night time routine should be focused on giving your skin what it needs to do make the most of this natural cycle.

Step 1: Cleanser (Yes... again)

After a long day at work there is much dirt, grime, oil and makeup to remove. We recommend removing the makeup first with a dedicated makeup remover and then with a gentle cleanser.

If you want the absolute best for your skin, use an oil-based cleanser to disolve and remove the makeup followed by your regular cleanser.

Note: If you are using a physical exfoliant such as a facial scrub make sure to use this after you have removed your makeup and not as part of your makeup removal process.

Step 2: Toner and Boosters

Just the same as the morning routine, use your toner to prepare the skin.

If you use essence, mist or beauty waters this is the time to use them.

Step 3: Eye Cream

This is one exception to the general rule of thinnest to thickest.

We suggest applying your eye cream at this point prior to the serum or spot treatments that follow. The reason for this is to protect your eye area from high concentration of potent ingredients in serums that will follow. This helps prevent possible irritations as your eye area will have an extra layer of protection while you sleep.

Step 4: Serum and/or Spot Treatment

The body will be doing most of it's repairing while we sleep. This is why the most potent products are best utilized before bed.

That being said, use your own discretion when deciding what your skin needs that night. It's best to use what is required and not what is in your medicine cabinet that evening. Some evenings you might just need to wash/cleanse and apply moisturizer before bed.

So if you feel that your skin needs the spot treatment more than anything else, opt to use this treatment while omitting the serum. Listen to your body.

Step 5: Hydrating Mask

Continuing on the theme of listening to your body, if your skin looks and feels dry use a hydrating mask or face oil.

The good news is that masks are generally mild and can be used as often as you would like.

Step 6: Moisturizer (Night Cream)

Whatever you do make sure that you are not applying day cream at this time. Believe us when we say that night cream and day cream are two entirely different products.

Night creams are generally thicker in consistency as they are designed to release active ingredients over the long night of slumber. The thickness helps trap moisture by preventing it from evaporating. This type of moisturizer is generally loaded with a much higher concentration of active ingredients designed to help regenerate your skin.

If you're in a pinch a day cream is better than nothing otherwise save it for the day routine.

Our Advice for Timing

Now more than ever many of us are simply too busy to follow all of the steps religiously. Ever heard of having kids? Yeah...

Making sure the products have the correct amount of time to absorb before the next is used can be a tricky challenge. Some products take as long as 30 minutes to set in before moving on to the next.

Our advice: Keep it simple.

If you are following many or all of the steps, take a brief moment to pause between each application allowing the products to penetrate a little before moving the next. It may not be the manufacturers suggested method but it is a lot better than nothing.

What is YOUR routine? Leave us a comment below.

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