HOW TO LAYER YOUR SKINCARE

HOW TO LAYER YOUR SKINCARE

Layering our skincare products correctly ensures we receive the full spectrum of their potent benefits. And while getting this right can entail some trial and error, there are some general rules to help guide us. The first — move from thin to thick — start with light, quick absorbing products before moving onto slightly heavier ones and save your SPFs and occlusive balms for last. Another factor is identifying exactly what your skin needs first, so active ingredients can be fully utilized. Read on to see our definitive guide to skincare product layering, and take your routine to the next level.

 

STEP 1: CLEANSE

Both oil-based and water-based cleansers work to remove dirt, makeup, sunscreen and debris without stripping the skin. Some people find they only need to cleanse at night, others prefer cleansing both morning and night.

 

STEP 2: MASKS (1-2x per week)

Masks provide a strong topical concentration of nutrients that can impact our skin in a short amount of time. They quickly improve our skin’s current condition and are great to use when we are in need of a reset.

 

 

STEP 3: HYDROSOLS, TONERS AND MISTS

These watery substances easily absorb into skin to plump skin cells and add hydration and micronutrients. They also work to prep the skin so that oils, balms and serums work more effectively.

 

 STEP 4: SERUMS

Serums supply potent active ingredients that address our specific skin issues. We advice to  layer your serums in immediate succession for best results, thinnest to thickest, and never more than 3 serums at a time (during our morning or night time routines). 

Make sure the 2-3 serums you choose are symptom-specific for the issues you are trying to address whether it be acne, aging or rosacea. Use active ingredient treatment serums like retinol and vitamin C at night when your skin is in repair mode.

 STEP 5: EYE CREAM

Eye creams are rich with hydrating ingredients that reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.

 

 

STEP 6: FACE OIL

Facial oils are typically a blend of different types of oils that work to replicate the natural lipid layer of the skin and protect and improve our skin's natural barrier functioning. 

 

 

 STEP 7: LOTIONS, CREAMS AND BALMS

In the evenings, a lotion, cream or balm, should be your final step in your routine — as applying anything on top wouldn't penetrate the skin. These products are formed from the emulsion of an oil, water and a wax or paste. Their intention is to form an occlusive seal on our skin to prevent transepidermal water loss (water that passively evaporates) and increase overall hydration.

Note, if you have oily, combination, or stable skin, it may act as your only moisturizer due to its creamy and rich texture.

 

 

STEP 8: SUNSCREENS

During the day, sunscreen protects our skin from sun damage. Always apply sunscreen as the last step in your morning skincare routine.

 

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