Serums, Facial Oils, Moisturisers, toners...
With so many options it is difficult enough to pick the ones that are right for you, let alone know how to effectively apply them in your skin care routine.
Which comes first?
What goes under or over makeup?
With temperatures set to drop and the skin needing more nourishment it can be tempting to randomly apply multiple formulas at once. But piling on an excess of products in the wrong sequence can interfere with their absorption and may cause irritation, congested pores, and not give the spectacular results you were hoping for.
Pitfalls that are easy to avoid by adhering to this simple guide how to efficiently layer skin care.
1. GO FOR A LIGHT START
After cleansing your face, you always want to layer based on weight or viscosity of products. Serums, the thinnest products, should go on first as they deliver active ingredients in the skin most efficiently.
If you are using multiple serums equal in consistency start with the most concentrated product that will tackle your top concern, followed by something milder and meant to soothe, like a rose water or aloe infused Essence.
2. ADD AN ANTIOXIDANT
Vitamin C is one ingredient every skin type needs. It brightens, protects against sun damage, and promotes collagen production. It doesn't have to be a separate layer. Look for a serum that has multiple benefits and infused product.
3. TAKE A BREAK
Give each product a little minute to dry and be absorbed. Try to 'flow' your skin care in with the rest of your morning routine.
So put on a product, have cup of coffee (or Detox Tea), then put on your next product, brush your teeth and so on.
4. LOCK IT
Moisturiser is key to any layering routine. It seals serums on your skin, which can make them more effective. Whether you go for a Cream Moisturiser or a Facial Oil or both always apply it after your serum. Remember that Oils can penetrate Moisturiser but not the other way around. So if you use both your Facial Oil should come last.
5. FACTOR IN SUN PROTECTION
If you are not using a moisturiser with an in build SPF protection. Sunscreen is your last step in the morning. As it sits on top of your skin (which is how it protects..), it should not go first, as it prevents other ingredients from penetrating.
Ideally you pick a Sunscreen that is lightweight enough to layer over multiple products without compromising on the maximum protection required for your skin and sun exposure you will experience.
6. THE NIGHT SHIFT
Apply Re-texturizing products that exfoliate the complexion and leave you sun-sensitive, such as peels and pads with glycolic acid or retinol, to cleansed skin in the evening. Top with a hydrating Facial Oil, emulsion, or Essence to limit irritation.