June 07, 2016

Does it actually matter when and in what order you apply your skin care products? The short answer: YES. shutterstock_79132669

But why does the order you apply your skincare products matter?

Applying your skin care products in a specific order ensures that your skin receives the full benefits of each product. This being because different consistencies of skincare products can hinder each other. For example, a thicker cream consistency would prevent a thinner consistency such as a serum from actually reaching the skin. Equally, apply a moisturiser over a sunscreen would essentially dilute the sun cream and this make is ineffective.

Why does the timing matter?

You must consider the time it takes for your skin to absorb a certain product. Different ingredients in your various products can counteract and inhibit each other from working. Thus, resulting in your effort being wasted. Consequently, you must be aware of how long each product takes to absorb so as not reduce its efficacy by counteracting ingredients with different products.

So, which product goes on top of what?

An easy way to remember the order of product application is to begin with products with the thinnest consistency to thickest. Here’s a step-by-step guide of what should be used and when.

Day

Night

Step 1

Cleanser

Cleanser

Step 2

Toner

Toner

*Optional

N/A

Spot Treatment

Step 3

Moisturiser

Serum

Step 4

Sunscreen

Eye Cream

Step 5

N/A

Moisturiser




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