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How to Layer Your Skin-Care Products in the Correct Order

July 09, 2018

How to Layer Your Skin-Care Products in the Correct Order

Step 1. Cleanser

Now it’s time to remove all that lovely makeup and gunk from the day. This is important to avoid skin irritations, blemishes and even infections. One survey actually found that 40% of women don’t even wash off their makeup before hitting the sheets!

Use a good cleanser to remove dirt and makeup. You can start with a precleanse or a cleansing oil to dissolve makeup, and/or cleanse twice with a lather-rinse-repeat approach to make sure you’re getting rid of all the day’s residue.

Step 2. Exfoliator

This step is optional, but highly recommended. To save time, you can combine this step with the aforementioned second cleanse. Use a physical or chemical exfoliator to remove dead skin cells which will brighten your complexion and keep pores clean.

Be sure not to overdo it! Follow use instructions. If it’s a product designed for daily use, that’s fine. If not, stick to 2-3 times a week so you don’t risk damaging or drying out skin.

Step 3. Toner or Astringent

Put a few drops on a cotton round and swipe over cleansed face, neck and chest. You’ll be surprised at all the dirt, makeup and residue your cleanser can leave behind. Toners and astringents are the best way to balance skin and make sure you’re removing all that business for clear, healthy skin.

Step 4. Serums and Target Treatments

Let these wonderful formulas work their magic while you get your beauty rest. Evenings are also the best time to apply products with exfoliating ingredients like retinol and glycolic acid since they can make skin sensitive during sun exposure.

For the same reason, this is also when you’ll want to apply any skin peels.

As before, wait a few minutes for serums and treatments to absorb into skin before moving on to moisturizer.


Step 5. Moisturizer or Face Oil

Skin repairs itself while you sleep, so you’ll support this process by applying a good moisturizer. Don’t limit it to just your face either! Remember to moisturize your neck and décolleté as well, since this delicate skin can also benefit from hydration.

Step 6. Eye Cream

If you’re only going to use eye cream once a day, then the night time is the right time. Make sure to apply a rich formula around entire eye area for maximum benefits.

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