The skincare industry is in full bloom, offering amazing products that promise to solve every skin issue imaginable. Even celebrities are starting their own skincare lines, so if you lack experience and knowledge in this topic, it’s important to get informed, so you’ll have the best insights when applying and choosing products for yourself.
Many people lack awareness and expertise when it comes to layering skincare products, which can also minimize the effectiveness of said products. Therefore, if you’re a skincare enthusiast, but you’re unsure where to start, here are some tips that will help you master the art of layering and using all your favorite products.
Step 1: removing makeup
Failing to remove makeup is one of the cardinal skincare sins, and this is not a joke. The reason for that lies in the fact that sleeping with your makeup on, can cause skin issues such as clogged pores, acne, and premature ageing. Therefore, before you move to other steps, make sure you remove all the traces of makeup first. If possible, stay away from makeup wipes as they can cause tears in the skin, plus they’re not really environmentally friendly, to begin with. Instead, use micellar water, or even better, try double cleansing, by using a gentle, oil-based cleanser.
Step 2: cleansing and washing
After you’re finished with makeup removal, it’s time to do some cleansing. You should always use a cleanser that is aimed at your skin type, and free of harsh ingredients such as SLS and SLES. Also, make sure to use lukewarm or cold water when rinsing your face, because high water temperature can cause redness, irritation, and flaking, especially if you have dry and sensitive skin.
Step 3: concentrated treatments
Usually, toning would be the next step to take, but since this is optional, you can move to concentrated treatments such as essences and serums. These products should be specifically used to deal with skin issues such as excessive sebum production, ageing, redness, and acne scars. There are many products available, but if you’re over the age of thirty, it’s better to be safe and shop for luxury skin care online, especially if the place you live in is still in lockdown. In case you’re on a budget, feel free to experiment with more affordable products. Still, keep in mind that using more high-end brands of retinol serums and other crucial products can seriously transform your skin for the better.
Step 4: moisturizer and/or sunscreen
These should be the last products you use in your routine. Just like other products, the moisturizer should be compatible with your skin type and your concerns, so be sure to read the ingredients and reviews from other users before making a final purchase. After you’ve applied a moisturizer, it’s time for sunscreen. This product is the holy grain for a reason: it protects your skin from harmful sun rays while preventing skin cancer and premature ageing.
However, when choosing a sunscreen, make sure to go for one that won’t clog your pores and leave a white residue on your face. Also, you should use sunscreen during the day, regardless of whether it’s sunny outside or not.
Step 5: additional targeted treatments
The previous steps are obligatory, so everything else is up to you to decide. Products such as toners, eye creams, and oils are optional, so feel free to experiment with them if you want to add an extra layer of care to your routine. Out of all these products, eye cream is the one that’s most recommended, as it protects the eye area by preventing dryness and wrinkles. When applying eye cream, make sure to do so by using your ring fingers. Gently dab the cream onto the sensitive area, trying to avoid excessive rubbing.
When it comes to oils, it’s also essential to choose them according to your skin type in order to maximize their positive effects. Therefore, it’s best to apply the oil by adding 1-3 drops on your palm, then rub your palms together to create warmth and friction. After that, gently press your heated palms on your face to distribute the oil evenly.
Skincare is important as it actually heals your complexion and boosts your self-confidence. However, you should always remain calm and patient, because some products take time to work their magic. So be sure to learn to apply your products in the correct order, and if possible, use brands and products that use high-quality and safe ingredients. All of that combined will likely help your skin heal and look its best at all times.
Guest Author Bio:
Sophia Smith is Australian-based beauty, fashion and lifestyle blogger. She is very passionate about latest fashion trends, DIY projects and natural beauty products. Sophia writes mostly in beauty and fashion related topics, mainly through blogs and articles. She is regular contributor at High Style Life.