The personal care industry consists of about 750 companies, and is worth more than $40 billion. Often, it can be a bit confusing to know when and how certain products should be used. These products all do different tasks, and have different ingredients. That being said, there is a proper order for how you should apply your skin care products. Generally, you go from thinnest to thickest. We expand on that below.
Before you apply your skin care products, you need to make sure that your face has just been washing. If you apply products to unwashed skin, you are sealing in all of the grime that was on your skin. That is the opposite of what we want.
The first product to be applied are serums. These are almost water in their consistency. Generally, serums are for dealing with wrinkles, oily skin, and redness. This will form the ‘base’ of all of the other products.
If you are using a lotion, check to see how thin or thick it is. When your lotion is a bit on the thick side, you may want to hold off on its use until later on in the process. Lotion will help moisturize your skin, and ensure that you are radiant.
It is important to keep in mind that you should not follow these steps immediately after the other. Give these products a chance to set in. Otherwise, these might bead up, and lose their effectiveness.
Cream goes here. The thicker and waxier the cream, the likelier it is to lock in your other products. This, in turn, guarantees that your skin will be moisturized throughout the day. When you are looking for creams, make sure that you have a cream with a proven track record of excellence, such as Dermaset.
This is going to be your final sealant. While most oils do a little bit to moisturize your skin, this is mostly to ensure that your skin remains soft throughout the day. While this does keep all of your other products in, more importantly, it keeps the bad stuff out.
Sunscreen is criminally overlooked. Using some sort of SPF is paramount. Many people only use sun block when they are on the beach, but you need to use it all of the time. Even on cloudy days, the sun’s ultraviolet rays are damaging your skin. While one day’s worth of damage may not be that bad, these harmful rays can have a nasty cumulative effect. The sun is bombarding you in your car and on your commute. Do not let it harm your skin.
This is the last step. Above, we recommended waiting a little bit between steps. That is especially important here. Most types of makeup work with your other skincare products, but if you have any questions, ask your dermatologist.
If you have any questions about how to apply your skincare products, include them in the comments below. Should you have any additional tips, we would love to hear them.