Whether you’re chasing the pregnancy glow or on a mission to brighten and lighten, there’s a common beauty mistake many women — and even skincare specialists — are guilty of. Even if you’ve done thorough research to find the perfect toxin-free skincare, the products are rendered useless if you apply them out of order!
That’s right, if you’re applying skincare in the wrong sequence, you’re wasting time, effort and money!
Does the order of skincare applied really matter?
Yes M’am! Not only does the order matter, but the timing between application is equally important! Using skincare in sequential order ensures you receive the full benefits of each product.
Order becomes especially important when we break down the ingredients of each product to their very molecules. For instance, the tiny molecules of your pricey serum don’t hold a chance of crossing the barrier of a heavy cream; therefore the serum (and all its goodness) will sit on top of the moisturizer, basically doing — well, nothing! Womp, womp.
Which order should I be applying my beauty products?
Basically you want to move from thinnest to thickest; from water-based to oil-based products. Keep in mind everyone’s skin has different needs, so listen to what your skin tells you and adjust your routine accordingly.
1) Cleanser. Choose a gentle, water-soluble cleanser to remove makeup, debris and oil. A clean surface will help your facial products work effectively.
2) Toner. Many people skip toner, but it actually removes dirt left over by your cleanser, any remaining traces of makeup and — according to the formula — provide your freshened face with vitamins, antioxidants and botanicals. If you need more guidance, here’s how to pick the best toner for your face.
Allow toner to air dry on your face. This usually takes just under a minute.
3) Spot treatment or medicated creams. Any prescription medications, anti aging creams and spot treatments should be applied closest to the skin for maximum potency. Here’s the time to tackle any unsightly blemishes, lighten dark spots (or melasma) or treat fine lines.
Allow treatment at least five minutes before applying the next layer.
4) Serums. Nutrient-rich serums are also best near the skin. If you have multiple serums, work your way from lightest (liquids) to gels, then cream formulas.
5) Eye cream (optional/night time only). Eye creams are special serums made for your eye area, which is especially delicate and needs extra TLC as you age. Eye creams are recommended during the evening, as their thicker formula needs time to penetrate skin.
6) Moisturizer. Moisturizers, usually thickest, go on last. They are designed to sink in slower, and lock in the skin’s moisture during the day or night. Choose a toxin-free moisturizer, especially when you are pregnant or breastfeeding.
7) Facial oil (optional). If your skin is especially dry, use a facial oil to give your skin a boost! Rich in nutrients, a good facial oil helps soften, smooth and hydrate. I love using our Bump Gloss stretch mark oil when my skin needs that extra lovin’.
8) Sunscreen (for daytime). Sunscreen goes on last. Apply in the morning, before your makeup, to make sure your skin receives proper protection from the sun.