How to Layer your Skincare
At The Beauty Kit, we are asked this question again and again, “What do I use first?!”
We get it, skincare is a bewildering myriad of options, not only do you need to try and find the type that suits you best, then you need to understand what order to use your products in.
Let us try and break it down for you in 5 easy steps…
- Cleanse – always cleanse… the first step to any good skincare routine is to have a clean base to start with. Wash away all the grime of the day, cleanse away your day’s makeup and treat your cleansed skin with the ingredients it craves.
If you can, double cleansing is always the best choice, giving your skin first an overall cleanse and then a deeper clean. If you can’t spare the time for this, just make sure to choose a cleanser that’s just right for your skin’s needs. Whether your skin is oily, dry or dull, choose the product that will give your skin the perfect polish to then start applying your products to really clean skin.
- Eye Cream
You want to treat the delicate eye area first because your eye cream is developed with the right consistency and ingredients to best suit that area of the skin. If you apply this later, its absorption might be limited by your moisturiser or serum.
Choose an eye cream to suit your needs best – one for dark circles, lines and wrinkles or puffiness.
Serum is a lightweight product that contains a high concentration of active ingredients. They absorb quickly into your skin, boosting the efficacy of the formulas to best benefit your skin. Some serums will hydrate your skin, while others will brighten the skin, depending on your skin’s needs, you can tailor your serum to suit your skin best.
With serums, always apply water-based serums before oil-based serums, if not your water-based products won’t absorb as well (since water and oil don’t mix!)
Your daily moisturiser is a must-have to keep your skin feeling comfortable and for targeting specific needs within your skin care regime. If you have concerns about lines and wrinkles, or dehydration, perhaps your skin is dull and needs to be given a brightening boost. Your daily moisturising cream should be chosen to best meet these needs.
The final, and one of the most important steps to your routine should be the application of an SPF. Putting your SPF on last means that it will be your shield against harmful UV rays. A minimum SPF of 30 should be used.
Anne Gallagher, 13th September 2021
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