Facial Products: Knowing what order to apply your products for the best results
OK people, we all have a daily facial routine but are we doing it the right way in order to get the most out of the products? In this blog we will give you a step by step guide to what product to apply and when.
I will go through a comprehensive list of products just in case you are using them. However, this is by no means a full list and you may find you require fewer/more than these products to achieve your skincare goal.
Cleanser – facial products step 1
The first product of any skincare routine is your cleanser. It is important that you double cleanse your face. The first cleanse you give your face removes all the makeup, sweat, debris, toxins, pollutants etc. from your face and the second cleanse is to ensure that your skin and pores are getting a deep cleanse. Alternatively, some people use a pre-cleanse oil prior to their cream cleanser to do the double cleanse routine however you can use your cream cleanser for the routine also.
Exfoliant – facial products step 2
This next product is your exfoliant. Exfoliating the skin helps keep it soft and give you that natural glow. It removes dead skin cells which clog up your pores thus assisting to minimize their appearance, it also speeds up the natural renewal of the skin and helps your moisturiser to penetrate deeper. Regular exfoliation helps minimize the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles and uneven skin tone. It is important that you read the exfoliant instructions so you can determine the usage, for example: if it is to be used daily or a couple of times a week.
Face mask – facial products step 3
The product at step 3 is your face mask. A face mask has many benefits including tightening and toning, hydrating and nourishing, drawing out impurities and help blemishes to heal, calm, sooth and rejuvenating the skin. These are used 2-3 times a week.
Toner – facial products step 4
The forth product you use is your toner. Toner is generally used by people with oily or acne prone skin however, if your skin type is not oily but you like the feeling of thoroughly cleansed skin the toner will work to give you this result. Toners also have many benefits: they help to minimise the appearance of pores and maintains the normal pH balance of the skin by returning the skin to its natural acidic pH of between 5 and 6.
The pH balance of the skin is disturbed through the cleansing phase; this is because most cleansers tend to be alkaline based. In addition, toners add a layer of protection to your skin, the toner tightens cell gaps post cleansing and may reduce the penetration of impurities into the skin. It also has moisturising properties and some even contain humectants which assist in binding moisture to the skin.
Glycolic acid treatment – step 5 (if you are using it)
Glycolic acid treatment is the next step. This is for people who are looking for anti ageing properties. Glycolic acid is a type of hydroxyl- acid that penetrates the skins surface. When it reaches the skin cells underneath the outer layer of skin it can encourage collagen production, this results in firmer more youthful looking skin. Extra collagen in the skin can help reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles that are a result of the natural ageing process. Glycolic acid also has exfoliation properties which may assist in reducing the appearance of hyper-pigmentation, acne scarring and age spots.
Spot treatment – step 6 (as needed)
Spot treatment. The reason for this is most acne cream needs to be applied directly onto the affected areas surface in order for the active ingredients to work effectively.
Serum – step 7 (if you are using it)
The next step is your serum. Serums contain highly concentrated ingredients that penetrate the skins surface and give a deeper moisturise than your moisturiser. A serum should always be applied prior to applying your moisturizer.
Eye cream – facial products step 8
Next you apply your eye cream. Along with the serum, this is also applied prior to the moisturiser which will help seal in the active ingredients.
Redness reliever – step 9 (as needed)
Now it is time to apply your redness reliever. This will neutralize, relieve and defend against inflammation and redness induced by sensitivity and rosacea.
Moisturiser – facial products step 10
The product at step 10 is your moisturiser. The reason why the moisturiser is left until now is it usually contains more oil than water, therefore, if you were to apply it before your lighter creams, water based gels and serums would slide off your face instead of penetrating through the skins surface.
Sunscreen – facial products step 11
Sunscreen (if your moisturiser doesn’t have it already added!) is an important part in preventing the signs of ageing and comes in at step 11. Studies have shown that 90% of skin damage is of a direct result of the sun. Excess sun exposure can cause sun burn, freckles, age spots, fine lines, wrinkles and over time may cause skin cancer. Making it is vital that sunscreen is worn regardless of the season. When choosing a sunscreen make sure it contains factors that block both UVA and UVB ray and regular application is important, apply a half an hour prior to leaving the house and every 2 hours thereafter when you’re out and about.
Primer – step 12 (if you use it)
Next apply your primer. This is applied prior to the application of your make up and can help your makeup last longer, it also helps your foundation go on easier following the application of primer which contain minerals that can help even out your skin tone.
Prior to bedtime the same skin care routine should be used, however, it is not necessary to use sunscreen, primer, exfoliant or masks providing you have used them in the morning. Finally, try to avoid over use of skin products with harsher ingredients as these may dry out your skin and cause flaking. Make sure you always read the instructions of use for the product you are using as some products, for example your eye cream, serum or moisturizer, may have a different one for during the day and another for night so ensure you are using the right product.
If you have any questions or would like to make an appointment to see Amanda about your skin, please contact us at ENT Wellbeing, Phone 1300 123 368 Sydney.