Layering Your Skincare Products
You’ve spent a lot of money on good skincare. What happens next? Well, start with Layering your skincare products!
Several variables must be in place for skincare to flourish. This article will cover one of the most critical components of any great skincare routine: how to layer your products or what order you should apply them. There are several viewpoints on what order, when, and how to use products. We’ll dissect the science behind our recommendations so you can make an informed decision about how to layer your regimen.
Before we get into layering…
We emphasised that you need have a few things in order before your skincare products can help you. To begin, you must select the right skincare items. Sure, everyone you know could be excited about a new moisturiser or a clever washing technique, but that doesn’t imply it’ll work for you. Choose your products based on your skin’s demands – preferably, seek advice from a dermatological professional to ensure you’re on the right track.
We suggest that those of us with sensitive skin should avoid products that include essential oils or fragrances since they are known irritants.
We recommend a gentle cleanser and moisturisers specifically designed to give extra moisture to dry skin – search for components like ceramides and pro-vitamin B5. Hyaluronic acid serums can be used in conjunction with your treatment to hydrate the skin.
For oily skin, look for lightweight, non-comedogenic moisturisers and sunscreens, and avoid products containing lanolin, shea butter, or coconut oil, which can clog pores.
Next, attempt to restrict the quantity of products you use; this may vary depending on your skin type, but it’s crucial to remember that less is usually more when it comes to skincare. Using too many products can strip the skin and ruin its moisture barrier; also, using many actives at the same time might result in severe responses (Vitamin C with acids is a no-no, for example, as is mixing retinoids with targeted acne treatments like salicylic acid).
Simply said, if you think a 30-step programme is overwhelming, imagine how your skin feels! Getting back to basics offers your skin a chance to relax and repair. Once your skin has evened out and become acclimated to your treatment, you may gradually put additional products back into your regimen, but be patient and don’t do so all at once. This race is always won by going slowly and steadily!
That being said, it is critical to follow a basic morning and evening regimen to ensure that your products have a chance to perform for you. By adhering to it, you’re increasing the health of your skin; and after you’ve discovered your right products (whether it’s two or three, or you’re following a ten-step regimen), layering them appropriately is critical.
Let’s speak about layering.
Layering your skincare products. The most important guideline of any skin care programme is to begin with a cleanse. In the morning, you cleanse to remove the perspiration and bacteria that have accumulated overnight, whereas at night, you should remove everything – from your makeup to the filth and oil that we take up from pollution. If you don’t start with washing your skin, the rest of your regimen will be unable to penetrate these layers, and the subsequent products you use will not help you; in fact, they may even exacerbate skin concerns like acne and inflammation.
Active chemicals should be used after cleansing to ensure that they reach your skin efficiently; thus, if you have blemishes, a spot treatment containing salicylic acid or benzoyl peroxide can be used prior to the rest of your products. Following that, a good guideline is to go by how heavy and thick your treatments are – start thinnest first, building up – so light, silky serums, for example, go before heavier night creams.
When it comes to applying treatments like retinoids, there are advantages to doing so at various periods during your regimen. Some doctors advise using them immediately after cleansing, while others advise waiting until after moisturising. However, two things are certain: they should be applied to dry skin because moisture allows retinoid to penetrate further, which can cause irritation; and they should be used at night since retinoids like tretinoin are usually broken down and become less effective when exposed to sunlight.
So, what constitutes a good routine?
After you’ve established a schedule, what you do in the morning and evening will most likely alter. Here’s what we think.
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Begin with a light cleansing. Wait 3-5 minutes after patting your skin dry before proceeding to the next procedure.
After cleansing your skin, apply your active products of choice.
Following up with a moisturiser is critical – even if your skin is oily, it still need moisture.
Always complete your morning routine with an SPF of at least 30, and reapply as required throughout the day.
It’s time to cleanse once more! Gently wash away the day’s pollutants, then pat dry like you did in the morning. You may also double cleanse if you like – we recommend using two separate types of cleanser for this, especially if you’ve worn makeup.
Next, apply targeted products to problem areas; retinoid creams can be used now, on carefully dried skin, if you choose. Some people with sensitive skin prefer to moisturise before this stage, which forms a ‘buffer’ between the skin and the actives.
Are you feeling confident? You should — having a good skin care regimen is as simple as 1, 2, 3 (cleanse, actives, moisturise!).