October 22, 2020 3 min read
Most of us use multiple skincare products each day. From cleanser to sunscreen and several products in between, it matters how you apply these wrinkle removers, brightening miracles and moisturizing saviors. Even the most amazing and effective products won’t be so amazing if you are not layering them in the correct order. You could be wasting not only your time but your money and never get the results you are looking for.
Skincare products may not penetrate: This is a problem if you are putting thin, fluid or water-based products on top of thick, creamy, or oily ones. The richer products will form a barrier on your skin that prevents anything else from getting through.
Skincare products may be less effective: If certain products are not able to penetrate your skin properly, you obviously cannot get their full benefits. Plus, when certain active ingredients are meant to be applied away from each other, using them together can deactivate them or even create a new, unwanted chemical reaction. In either case, your routine won't be as effective as it should be.
Always remember, after cleansing, you need to apply the thinnest product in your skincare arsenal first, then move to the next product that is a bit thicker than the first, and so on. Example: lightweight or watery type products first, such as toner or serums. Followed by moisturizers, lotions, or creams. If use a facial oil, that would go on top of the moisturizer. The final step would be an application of SPF, always, every day without fail.
The adage that oil and water do not mix, is the same for skincare products. Oil can block water from penetrating. If using a facial oil for example, even though it feels thinner in texture than the moisturizer, if you apply the oil first it will create a barrier and your moisturizer will not be able to penetrate leaving it less effective.
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