Skin Care Simplified

Scrubs, serums, and lotions, oh my! If your bathroom cabinet looks like a drugstore beauty aisle, you’re probably confused about which product should be applied first, which should be applied last, and what to do in between the two. Surprisingly, it does make a difference – the viscosities of various anti-aging creams, and other products can prevent absorption of each other, meaning you should apply them in a certain order for optimal effect.

First Things First learn how to apply facial cream


Cleansing should be the first step in a beauty routine because it removes buildup and helps the pores open up to absorb future treatments. If you’re going to use an exfoliating scrub or acid peel or the like, it’s best to save these for nighttime because they can cause slight irritation or redness. Piling more products on top of the already sensitive skin may worsen the situation.

Minimize and Multitask

Dermatologists recommend resisting the urge to apply several formulas at one time. Three is plenty, more than that and it can cause not only dilution of the products but also interaction or neutralizing of some of the ingredients in all of those creams and serums. One way to get all of the desired effects without overdoing it is to use anti-aging skin care products which serve multiple purposes. For example, a moisturizer with SPF as well as antioxidants will fight wrinkles while hydrating and fending off the sun’s harmful rays, all in one application.

Order Matters

⦁ Serums are first in line – these are concentrated and contain ingredients like peptides or hyaluronic acid, which are anti-aging skin care ingredients that you want to penetrate as deeply into the skin as possible.
⦁ Moisturizer comes next, to lock in the serum and maximize effectiveness.
⦁ Oil, if desired, goes on top of moisturizer because it can penetrate through that product while the reverse is not true.
⦁ Sunscreen is the final touch, unless SPF is already integrated into one of the other formulas. It’s a good idea to use a sunscreen-infused moisturizer or serum to keep the product count down to just three.
Keep in mind that if your foundation or other cosmetics have moisturizer or sunscreen included in them, you can skip those steps. It’s also helpful to give each application a minute or two to absorb and dry before applying the next one. This keeps your anti-aging skin care products from diluting each other and clumping up.

Exceptions

For those with ultra-sensitive skin, it’s okay to apply a light, gentle moisturizer before a serum to minimize irritation. While the lotion may slightly reduce the potency of the serum, the tradeoff is worth regarding keeping skin calm.
Retinol is one of the best anti-aging skin care products available and is also available in prescription strength (as Retin-A). If this youth booster is on your list of favorites, just before bed is an excellent time to apply it. Using a moisturizer on top can ward off any drying effects of the treatment. Make sure to use one that’s more like a heavy cream than a thin lotion. The thicker texture will seal the treatment in more effectively without diluting it.
Once all of the components are in place, makeup may be applied. It can be easy to neglect the most delicate facial skin there is – the lips. Our SPF 15 Lip Balm is the perfect way to finish off your morning beauty routine while making sure that your entire face is protected from the sun’s harmful UV rays.

Sources:
http://www.vogue.com/3053347/layering-skin-care-guide/
http://www.allure.com/skin-care/2014/how-to-layer-your-skin-care-products