What to apply when

Friday, 2 November 2012

What to apply whenWe all want flawless skin, and we all have products to help us get there. But the order in which you apply them is really important. Beauty Heaven get specific about following orders.

Order of application is crucial to getting the most out of your skincare regime. Unless otherwise instructed by your product packaging.

After cleansing, anything medicated or with a clinical purpose (including anti-acne creams) should go onto dry skin first so it can penetrate most effectively. Other treatments and antioxidant serums should come next, followed by moisturiser, which, while hydrating your skin, will also help seal in previously applied products.

Finally, a generous slather of sunscreen and you’re ready for make-up.

Written by Debbie, this article originally appeared on BeautyHeaven.

Image: Aspen Photo/Shutterstock.com

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Megan Kakora has helped launch the websites of, and been the online editor for, some of South Africa’s biggest glossy magazines. She believes in less-is-more, except when it comes to her collection of nail polish colours.
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  1. AndreaM

    Good to know which products go first.

    5 years ago •

  1. Cupcake

    Glad I’ve been doing it the right way.

    6 years ago •

  1. me

    Good to know the order of application.

    6 years ago •

  1. govender

    ok thats what i always wanted to know…thanks
    just one another thing at which point will i use a make up setter as using it after putting make up dont look good

    6 years ago •

  1. Nuuh

    Thank you for such a good article. I just started using sunscreen religiously

    7 years ago •

  1. Angelisha

    Short and precise article, Thanks!

    7 years ago •

  1. JamieBaby

    Very helpful, Great tips! Thank you so much!

    7 years ago •

  1. Reigh-J

    Oops, i’ve had it all wrong, thanks for an awesome article.

    7 years ago •

  1. Azraa

    Thanks for that interesting article. I recently bought a serum from the body shop, and was told to put it on after moisturising, which doesnt make sense to me.

    7 years ago •

  1. Livvy

    great article and advice, but what a mouth full.

    7 years ago •

  1. DIVA

    There we go there is something that I’m doing right. thanks

    7 years ago •

  1. CarolynMcM

    Sunscreen is so important. I never skip that part even if I’m running late.

    7 years ago •

  1. Hima

    Great article…I always tend to get confused with the order of applying treatments and serums..thanks a lot..

    7 years ago •

  1. Humphreys

    amazing how the order of application is probably the most important!!

    7 years ago •

  1. Tasha

    I was always wandering what should go when. Thanks for this.

    7 years ago •

  1. Cat

    Really good article and very interesting

    7 years ago •

  1. G

    Thanks for the tips. I always forget sunscreen!!

    7 years ago •

  1. Lady-T

    Applying skin care products can become more complicated with toners, face masks, and facial scrubs. But applying sunscreen after the routine can never go wrong. Thanks for the article

    7 years ago •

  1. foreverGLAM

    Great article. Sunscreen is a must.

    7 years ago •

  1. Angelisha

    Now this is a great article … Guilty of sometimes slap dash and run out with no Sunscreen… Now to implement this routine , daily.

    7 years ago •

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