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The correct order to apply skincare, according to dermatologists

Skincare need to be applied in the correct way in order for their ingredients to work harder.Photo credit: Into The Gloss

Whether you have a ten-step regimen inspired by K-beauty or use just couple of products, the order in which you apply them can make their impact on your skin even better. It’s important not only to choose the right products for your particular skin type, but to layer them correctly as the dermatologist advise.

The general rule is to layer your skincare based on weight starting with the thinnest to the thickest. Read below the steps to the ultimate skin regimen and If you don’t tend to use a particular product, just skip ahead to the next one.


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The correct way to apply skincare products

Step 1: Cleanser

Literally none of your skincare products would work if you didn’t have a clean canvas to start with, which is why cleansing in the morning and at night is essential.  Choose a cleanser that benefits your skin type. Those who have dry skin should look for a wash with ingredients like ceramides and glycerin to boost the barrier, and if your skin is extra dry, opt for an oil-based cleanser.

If you have oilier skin, then you should look for a gel-based formula and sensitive types can get away with just using micellar water. And don’t forget, although washing twice a day is ideal, the most important time to cleanse is at night.

Step 2: Toner

After you’ve cleansed, it’s time to tone—but not with those harsh formulas you grabbed from the drugstore as a teenager. The key to finding success with a toner is to be mindful about how much you use, because you can dry out your skin.

Step 3: Eye cream

You want to apply your eye cream prior to any treatment products, so that ingredients like glycolic acid or retinol aren’t accidentally pulled to the eye area. Again, treatments should be chosen based on your skin type: for oily lids, opt for a gel-based formula. Otherwise, look for a hydrating formula for parched skin or one laced with caffeine to treat the dark-circles under your eyes. Apply it with your ring finger, using gentle tapping motions.

Step 4: Serum

Think of serums as treatments for your specific skin needs, as they’ll help target any issues you may have like dullness, acne, dryness. You can utilize different ingredients for different times of day. For example, in the morning, opt for a serum packed with antioxidants such as vitamin C one, known for the most potent antioxidants.

At night, dermatologist recommend a serum with retinol to help skin regenerate and stimulate collagen as you sleep.

Step 5: Moisturizer

Perhaps your most important step after cleansing, your moisturizer not only hydrates your skin but also seals in all the ingredient goodness you’ve applied. During the day, opt for a lightweight option and and save your heavier face oil for nighttime.

Step 6: SPF

Of course, you don’t need to put on sunscreen before you go to bed, but you should consider it a must in the morning as the final step of your routine, which will ward off UV damage, proven to speed up the aging process and lead to skin cancer.

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