Are You Using Your Skincare Products Wrong?
High-quality skincare treatments are the best path to healthy, youthful-looking skin, but, are you using yours properly?
If you come home at the end of the day and begin smoothing on cream into skin that hasn't been cleansed, you're doing your skin and your skin care products a disservice. It's important to always apply your moisturizer onto perfectly clean skin for best results.
The same holds true if you never or rarely exfoliate with an appropriate (for your skin type) face mask or peel. Why? Cleansers rid the skin of surface dirt, but exfoliants, masks and peels cleanse deep, removing makeup, dry skin cells, and pollution.
Don't be afraid to exfoliate regularly
If you are using the right exfoliating polish, you should be able to safely exfoliate your skin every other day. 3-4 days a week of exfoliation decongests your pores, speeds cell turnover, and will prepare your skin to receive the active ingredients in your serums, collagen treatments, and other perfect-aging products.
Whatever goes on your skin after cleansing penetrates best
Whether you're fighting wrinkles, sun spots, or dry skin, the most active ingredients should be applied first. A good rule of thumb is to smooth on products in order of density, from thinnest (serums) to thickest (sunscreen/day or night cream/night). Apply Eye Creams last day or night.
Spritz a toner on your cleansed skin first. Next, apply your actives/serums. Follow with a cream (day or night) to lock in your actives/serums.
Always let serums rest on skin 2-3 minutes before applying a moisturizer. It gives the treatments an opportunity to penetrate before mixing them with moisturizers. Using your day or night creams locks in the actives found in serums.
Best evening routine
- Cleanse your skin with a gentle cleanser and warm, not hot, water
- Night cream
- Eye Cream
3-4 times a week - exfoliate with face polish or apply appropriate face mask