I’ve been obsessed with skincare for quite some time now, and I’ve grown to develop both extensive and simple AM and PM routines for myself depending on what my skin needs. Quite honestly, indulging in my routine is my favorite way to start and end my day. That being said, it can be quite daunting getting into the world of essences and serums, and I never quite knew if I was getting it all right. Now that I’ve learned significantly more about the importance of applying skincare in a particular order, I figured I would share this knowledge with you. It’s up to you to do as little or as much as you’d like when it comes to the essence/treatment/serum portion of the post, but it’s important to know about regardless so you can make the decision if this is something you feel you need for your skin.
The Proper Order to Apply Skincare Products
Step 1: Cleanser
You’ll want to make sure you find a cleanser that suits your skin type and individual needs. Do you have oily or acne prone skin? Do you have dry skin? Eczema? Doing your research on which products fit your needs before purchasing any old product will not only save your skin, but save you money as well.
*Note: For your pre-step one nighttime makeup removing cleanser, I recommend using an oil or cleansing balm first followed by your regular cleanser. Some of my favorite oils/balms for removing makeup are Farmacy Green Clean and Clinique Take The Day Off
Step 2: Exfoliate
This step is super important to get right. Many people believe exfoliating every day is essential. While that is true for some people, considering we each have different skin concerns, over-exfoliation can actually cause more breakouts, dryness, inflammation, itching, redness, shininess, infections, increased sensitivity, puffiness, and it also compromises the skins ability to produce natural oils (meaning your skin may actually produce excess oil). Make sure you are exfoliating in accordance with your skin type and concerns. This may mean exfoliating once a day or 1-2 times per week. Do your research, speak with a dermatologist, and remember your skin is unique. There are also different types of exfoliation (peels, cleansing exfoliators, chemical exfoliators), so again, do your research and see what type is best for you.
Step 3: Tone
Toners help balance your skin’s pH levels, shrink pores, and add protection and hydration to your skin.
Step 4: Essence
For the longest time I just believed an essence helps your serums penetrate the skin’s barrier easer. However, alongside of priming, essences also help to hydrate and brighten the skin. Just don’t do what I used to do and apply it with a cotton pad. You’re only wasting the product. Instead, try applying it with your hands and push the produce into your skin.
My favorite essence: Origins Original Skin Essence Lotion
Step 5: Serums/Treatment
These are different for everyone depending on your skin type, budget, and routine, so it’s kind of hard to get into what they exactly do (aside from the general idea of getting active ingredients deeper into your skin). I use different serums during my AM and PM routine, which I will post up shortly so you can get an idea of what I do.
Step 6: Eye Cream
I’ll admit, I skip this step and I shouldn’t, so therefore I don’t have any favorites, BUT, eye creams are so important, you guys. Even if you don’t think you need one, eye creams are about preventative care from puffiness, sagging, wrinkles, and all around aging around the eyes. I’m starting to develop fine lines in my inner corners and I’m definitely going to hop on getting an eye cream ASAP.
My favorite eye creams: Oops 🙂
Step 5: Moisturizer
The main purpose of a moisturizer is to hydrate the skin and reinforce your skins natural barrier. It’s important to fine one that fits your skin type and concerns. As I’ve said, I’m oily and prefer gel moisturizers, while some people with dry skin may prefer richer creams.
Step 6 (a): SPF (day time)
Never, ever leave the house without applying sunscreen, even if you don’t think you need it. Protecting your skin from sun damage is one of the most important things you can do to prevent damage and aging, as well as protecting your skin from overall sun damage. Make sure you’re using a facial sunscreen!
Step 6 (b)Oils/Night Treatments (night time)
There’s an oil for everything! Acne, fine lines, dryness, brightening- you name it. There are also night masks for these same things. And yes, it’s perfectly fine to use oils on naturally oily skin.
Lastly, if you want to mask (which I do frequently), you should do it after exfoliating. Instead of doing a favorites for this last bit I think I’m going to do a mask roundup of masks I’m currently using and some mini reviews. What do you guys think?
Thanks for reading, everyone!