You probably stick to a daily skin care regimen to keep your face clean and glowing, but are you 100% sure that you are doing it properly? It’s not just about the products you are using. The order you are applying them is of vital importance too. I have had a few appointments with a cosmetologist and I’m about to show you what I learned about skin care in the paragraphs to follow. Some of these are no-brainers, but I feel like sharing them with you anyway. Let’s get to it.
Remember: Order Matters
That’s right, it matters in what order you apply the products. Let’s have a look at it.
1. Makeup Remover: Now, I feel like mentioning this step first because some of you, for some reason, might be starting their skin care routine at a time in the day when they already have put make up on. If that’s the case, the first step is to get rid of it. A makeup remover should do the trick.
2. Cleanser: So, after you’ve done part one, you should make sure there is not a single speck of dirt or makeup left on your face because whatever you plan to layer on later needs to land on a clean area. If you are doing this in the morning, you probably don’t need much cleaning providing that you gave it a thorough wash before going to bed last night. So, you either splash it with water or you apply a gentle cleanser. Use what you have.
3. Exfoliator: Exfoliating improves the texture of your skin as it removes dead skin cells. Make sure to do it only once or twice a week, though.
4. Toner: Many girls underestimate the importance of this step, but toners have a bunch of benefits and that’s reason enough to add them to your skin care routine. For starters, it helps refresh your skin. If you want a glowing complexion, that’s one key to it. Second, it shrinks pores and as a result of that it keeps impurities from penetrating the skin. Additionally, it moisturizes and restores the pH balance of the skin. Last but not least, it keeps ingrown hairs from occurring.
5. Serum: This step is actually optional.
6. Eye Cream: The next step is to pat some eye cream into your undereye area. It will help reduce puffy eyes and dark circles.
7: Moisturizer: Your skin needs to be hydrated at all times because that will make it happy.
8. SPF: And finally, if you are going out, it pays off to follow this step. It is essential that you protect your skin from the harmful UVA and UVB rays. That’s why you should not skip sunscreen, especially in summer.
Now, even if you choose to skip some of these steps anyway, remember to use the right order to up your daily skin care. If you are doing this at night, replace the last step with a night cream.
The Right Way To Apply Skin Care Products On Your Face
Now, let me give you a few tips on how to apply all the creams, masks, serums and other stuff on your face.
- When using facial cream, start at the neck and work your way to the forehead using gentle motions. Conversely, when applying foundation, you want to start at the cheeks and spread it all across your face until you reach the chin and neck.
- To put eye cream on, use circular motions around your eyes, but make sure the cream doesn’t get to your eyelids. Do not put product in the area under the bottom lashes either. There is just no need to do so, as the cream will spread to all the areas anyway. The skin is like a sponge that will absorb anything you put on it, so, basically, the cream you use under your eyes will eventually travel up. It is essential that you pat the product in. Don’t rub it in and don’t use too much pressure. The best way to go is to use your ring finger to get the job done (believe it or not, there is less muscle in there).
So, are you doing your regimen right? And are you taking good care of your skin? Hopefully, these guidelines will help you clear things up.
What is your take on that? I would love to hear your thoughts on the matter.