THE CORRECT ORDER TO APPLY SKINCARE PRODUCTS

I found myself day and night searching for the correct order on how to apply my skincare products. Therefore, brings you this blog post. I researched a lot on this topic and found various ways of applying your skincare products but they always seemed to slightly change. I’ve made a poster that you can also screenshot and keep with you incase you’re as forgetful as I am. You can skip any of these steps, it all depends on your skin’s needs but just keep the order in which you apply the products. Remember not to put anything on your face that you don’t really need. Don’t buy serums or creams because of there hype if you don’t really need it. Stick to your skin concerns to better target them and see results.

TIPS

  • When applying your serums and moisturizer, it’s preferred to give your skin a break to absorb the serum instead of just slathering everything on. What I do is put on my serum before breakfast, when I'm done I go back and apply my moisturizer.

  • In your skincare routine, you always want to start from thin to thick.

  • Every product you own explains in the back how/when to use it. Always be mindful of what your products say and how to use them.

    RETINOL

    What is retinol?

    Retinol is a vitamin A that is used to reverse sun damage and signs of aging, stimulate blood flow for collagen production, improves skin texture, evens skin color, and tightens pores.

    Do I need to use retinol?

    In my opinion, absolutely yes! You should start using Retinol in your late 20s, but if you experience irritation you should wait until your 30s. Remember, it’s a lot easier to prevent anything from happening to the skin before it happens than it is to reverse it. If you have sensitive skin, be very careful when using retinol and you will always have to apply 30 SPF in the morning in order to keep your skin from burning.

    When to apply?

    At night before your moisturizer and use a pea size amount of retinol to cover your whole face. Wait about 15 minutes after washing your face before applying retinol.

    I want to know more about retinol

    I highly recommend reading this short myths about retinol article if you have the time.


Since I was also curious on how face masks worked, I found some tips on how/when to use them and incorporate them into your skincare routine.

FACE MASKS: WHEN TO APPLY

  • For face masks, always cleanse your face before applying.

  • Peel-off masks according to (Paula’s choice) aren’t recommended because they contain polyvinyl alcohol.

  • Whether the mask indicates to rinse of or not, always apply it after the cleanser and then continue on with your skincare routine.

  • If it’s an overnight mask, skip the moisturizing step in your night routine and apply the face mask as your last step. (If you have really dry skin, it’s okay to use both.)

This list is based on the most common way of applying you’re skincare products.

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MORNING ROUTINE

  1. MAKEUP REMOVER

2. CLEANSER 

3. EXFOLIATE (1–2 Times Per Week) When you’re scrubbing, scrub gently.

4. TONER 

5. HYDRATING MIST (The mist can be used again during the day to freshen up and rehydrate your skin as needed)

6. SERUMS are for specific concerns.

7. EYE CREAM

8. SPOT TREATMENT 

9. MOISTURIZER (If your moisturizer already has sunscreen then skip the 11th step)

10. FACE OIL 

11. SUNSCREEN 

NIGHT ROUTINE

  1. REMOVE MAKEUP

  2. CLEANSER

  3. TONER 

4. NIGHT SERUMS 

5. EYE CREAM

6. SPOT TREATMENTS  

7. NIGHT MOISTURIZER 

8. FACE OIL

SCREENSHOT BELOW

THEEVERYGIRL has a great section on the do’s and don’ts of skincare. Click here