There are a lot of skincare products available, and it can be tough to figure out which ones work best for you. It’s no surprise that the right product choice is essential for healthy skin – but people often forget how important application technique is.
To get the most out of your skincare regimen, it’s important to remember that the order and approach you use these items are crucial.
It’s important that you always start your skincare routine with thoroughly cleansed skin. A medical-grade cleanser will remove any makeup, dirt, debris, and impurities without also stripping the skin of its natural oils and hydration.
By properly cleansing now, you reduce the chances for future breakouts and allow for better penetration of subsequent products in your routine.
To use, apply a small amount of cleanser to wet skin on your face and neck then massage it in. You should cleanse twice daily: once in the morning and once at night.
Thoroughly rinse with warm water afterwards and pat your skin dry (don’t rub). Rubbing with a towel can irritate your skin and, over time, decrease its elasticity. Plus, if you’re especially gentle around your eyes rubbing will reduce the formation of dark spots.
A toner can help remove any remaining residue on the skin, leaving it feeling clean and rejuvenated. This can also aid in the reduction of pores, even skin tone, and soothing the skin.
Toners today are free of high amounts of alcohol, which may be drying; toner formulations now include hydrating components that assist to heal dryness.
The ideal technique to use toner is by dabbing a little bit of product on a cotton swab or pad.
Soak the pad or ball with toner and massage it throughout your face from your T-zone to the outside. Because a little goes a long way with toners, start out with a little amount and add more as needed.
Once you’ve cleansed your skin, it’s important to layer your skincare products from thinnest to thickest. This way, the thinner products (such as serums) will be able penetrate your skin better before you apply thicker products, like moisturizers.
Start your beauty routine by using an antioxidant serum; serums are lightweight products that have a high concentration of active ingredients. They can be easily layered and you should always allow the first serum to fully absorb into the skin before adding additional products.
To use, massage 3-4 drops into your palm. Apply and blend in an outward motion down the neck and chest, as well as ending with a tapping action on the skin. Set the product by pressing it onto the skin with your palms.
No matter your skin type, a good moisturizer is key to keeping it healthy. Skin that’s properly hydrated will look younger and be less likely to wrinkle. Elasticity, fullness, and texture also improve with proper moisture.
Depending on your skin type though, you might need two different products, one for day and one for night. Nighttime options are usually thicker and more intense than their daytime counterparts.