How To Layer Skin Care Products
To get the most out of your products, make sure you’re applying them in the correct order! A good rule of thumb is to go from your thinnest consistency products to the thickest that way you ensure each product can penetrate the skin and do it’s job! Typically the order will be as follows:
AM & PM
Cleansing morning and night is a good starting point for most people. However, dry and sensitive skin types may prefer their AM cleanse to be with Micellar water or warm water and a wash cloth. Remember for your PM routine to always double cleanse!
1-3x a week
Depending on your skin concerns and skin type you may be exfoliating 1-3 times a week. Exfoliating is extremely important to skin health for all skin types.
Toner & Essence
AM & PM
Believe it or not, toner is not just another opportunity to make sure our face is clean! A proper toner will actually bring your pH levels back to normal making sure your skin is neither too alkaline or acidic. If your skin’s pH levels are off it could result in excessive dry or oily skin.
As for the Essence, I thought I’d throw it in here just in case I’ve got any Korean Beauty fans reading. I’ll have to do a post all about magical Essences soon!
Always PM sometimes AM
Here’s a step I find so many people skipping out on! The right serum can bring your skin care game to the next level so it’s not a place to skimp. (Good) Serums are formulated with teeny tiny molecules to penetrate deeper into the skin than any other beauty product. The deeper a product can penetrate, the more effective they’ll be.
Many serums include active ingredients like Glycolic acid and retinol, if your serum includes active ingredients it should only be used at night.
Get a free skin consultation if you need help figuring out which serum is right for you!
Always AM sometimes PM
Eye cream is another product I find people using in the wrong order. Usually eye cream will either be in cream or gel form, thicker than serums and thinner than moisturizer. That’s exactly why it should be applied in between the two. Always be sure to gently pat in your eye products using your ring fingers for optimum pressure.
Just like with the serums, if your eye cream includes active ingredients only use it in the evening. Otherwise you may use AM & PM.
AM & PM
Whether your skin is oily, sensitive, combination whatever you should always moisturize. Find a moisturizer that works for you and your needs and your skin will thank you. Not only does a moisturizer prevent your skin from becoming dry or dehydrated but it also protects your skin from the elements.
This may seem silly but please please, if your moisturizer includes SPF only wear it in the AM.
The SPF in makeup will usually not be enough to effectively get you through an entire day (except this one that I use). So do some experimenting to find your perfect SPF. It should wear well under makeup, not make you break out or greasy and most importantly, protect your skin from sun damage. I like to use SPF 50 on my face as I am extremely prone to melasma and sun damage.