The Art of Layering Skin Care
Posted by Karen Athwal in Skin Care
From serums to ampoules, and moisturisers to sunscreens, skin care routines can turn into a complex minefield with dozens of products and not a clue how to get the most out of them. Good skin care can be costly, and if you’re not using your products correctly, all your efforts (not to mention money) simply go to waste.
So, we’re breaking your skin care routine down for you step-by-step and showing you how to layer in the right order, so you can reap the maximum benefits from your beauty products.
Firstly, avoid overload.
Too many products on at the same time can clog pores, cause skin irritation and turn into a time consuming skin care routine.
Start off with cleansed skin. The rule of thumb when it comes to layering your skin care is to apply your products by weight and consistency, with lightweight serums and creams applied first. Apply your toner with a cotton wool pad and if you are using an essence for extra hydration and to lock in moisture, wait 1 to 2 minutes before spritzing it onto your skin. We love Bobbi Brown's Hydrating Face Tonic £21.50, it softens and balances skin without drying it out or causing irritation.
The first cream you should be applying is your eye-cream using gentle patting motions with your ring finger. Serums and moisturisers can irritate the eye area, so applying your eye-cream first will act as a protective barrier against the next products you layer. Clinique All About Eyes Eye Cream £26.50, is the perfect all in one cream-gel formula that hydrates, reduces puffiness, fine lines and dark circles.
If you are using one or two different serums to target various skin concerns, such as a dark spot corrector and brightening serum, start with the lightest first. You should wait at least 2 minutes between each product application; otherwise you run the risk of removing the first product while applying the second.
After your serums and elixirs, apply your lotion or moisturiser. Depending on the time of day, you should factor in sunscreen. To save time and avoid multiple product application, look for a moisturiser that contains SPF such as Murad Perfecting Day Cream SPF 30 £50. Alternatively, look for a primer with built in SPF if you plan on wearing foundation. We love multitasking BB creams such as Clinique's Anti Blemish BB Cream SPF 40 £25.20, it's the perfect all-in-one solution that protects, moisturises and covers with one layer.
Now for the night time beauty prep. This is the best time to apply re-texturizing products, peels, retinol and ant-blemish clearing solutions that can leave you sensitive to the sun during daylight hours. If you have sensitive skin, after applying your retinol product, wait 3- 5 minutes before topping up with some facial oil or night moisturiser to minimize irritation and dryness. La Roche Posay Redermic R Corrector £37.89 is perfect for senstive skin, used twice weekly it re-texturixezes and evens skin tone with minimal irritation.
And when you’re really short on time, skip straight the products that target your biggest skin concern!
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