You spend a fortune on a full skincare regime, and you want the best results from it, but did you know that if you’re not using the products in the correct order, you’re not reaping the full benefits? Here’s our beginners guide to using your products in the correct order:
Step 1: Make-up remover
Before you can do anything to your skin, you have to ensure that all make-up and product has been removed. Invest in a waterproof eye make-up remover, as well as a cleansing oil to remove make-up from the rest of your face, ad your neck.
Step 2: Cleanse
Now that your skin is make-up-free, it’s time to cleanse. On clean skin, it’s much easier for ingredients like acne-busting salicylic acid to penetrate your pores – especially if you wear foundation.
Step 3: Exfoliate
Once or twice a week, gently exfoliate your skin after cleansing – sloughing off dead skin cells will help the products that follow to penetrate and perform better.
Step 4: Tone
Toning is not for everyone, but if you want to add this extra step, make sure you do it after you’ve cleansed/ exfoliated.
Step 5: Treatment
If you’re treating a skin condition like acne or hyperpigmentation, you should be applying your treatment cream before your serums and moisturisers, as it will work best if directly applied to clean skin. Allow it to absorb for a few minutes before the next step.
Step 6: Serum
Now it’s time for your serum – the most concentrated product you’ll apply on your skin.
Step 7: Moisturiser and eye cream
Once your serum has absorbed (give it two to three minutes), apply your moisturiser and eye cream.
Step 8: SPF
This one’s for daytime only – always finish off with a broad spectrum SPF before you apply your make-up – it should be the last step in your skincare regime.