THE RIGHT STEPS

LAYER YOUR SKIN­CARE FOR MAX­I­MUM RE­SULTS.

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We’ve come a long way from the usual three­step (cleanse, tone and mois­turise) rou­tine. With new cat­e­gories sprout­ing up over the years, your beauty shelf is likely well-stocked with an arse­nal of prod­ucts for clear, glow­ing skin. Lesser known is the fact that there’s ac­tu­ally a right way to layer your skin­care. Us­ing prod­ucts in the wrong or­der is not only in­ef­fec­tive, but waste­ful, too.

Your regime for morn­ing and night should be a lit­tle dif­fer­ent, but the best rule of thumb to fol­low is to al­ways ap­ply your prod­ucts from the light­est con­sis­tency to the heav­i­est. By do­ing this, you’re seal­ing in the good­ness of lighter prod­ucts like serums, giv­ing them more time to sink deeper into skin. If you did the re­verse and lay­ered on a thicker, oil-based cream first, lighter, wa­ter­based prod­ucts won’t be able to pen­e­trate the der­mis.

Once you’re done with cleans­ing, here’s how to layer the rest of your skin­care. Don’t fret if you aren’t fol­low­ing all the steps be­low – just skip ahead to the next one!

1 TONER OR FA­CIAL MIST

Skin is like a sponge. If it’s dry, it can’t suck in and re­tain as much mois­ture. When it’s a lit­tle moist, it is more re­cep­tive to the rest of your skin­care. Think of your toner or fa­cial mist as a prep step. Both have a soft­en­ing ef­fect and help to hy­drate, so your skin can bet­ter ab­sorb other prod­ucts.

2 ESSENCE

OR BOOSTER These are both light­weight and wa­tery. They’re not as po­tent as serums but are still nu­tri­ent-dense. Many essences also con­tain in­gre­di­ents that help to speed up cell re­newal.

3 SERUM

Serums tend to be slightly thicker than fa­cial essences, and are also jam-packed with po­tent ac­tives, like an­tiox­i­dants or vi­ta­mins. They are for­mu­lated to tar­get spe­cific skin is­sues like pig­men­ta­tion or loss of elas­tic­ity.

4 CREAM

No mat­ter what your skin type, you still need a mois­turiser. Day­time creams tend to be more light­weight – so you can ap­ply makeup with­out feel­ing greasy or look­ing shiny – and are more fo­cused on pro­tec­tion and sup­port. The slightly thicker con­sis­tency of a night cream is usu­ally due to in­gre­di­ents that help lock in hy­dra­tion, re­pair and re­store skin, and boost its nat­u­ral mois­ture bar­rier.

5 OIL

Fa­cial oils are great for re­bal­anc­ing and deeply hy­drat­ing skin, as well as adding a glow. If yours is oilier, you may opt to only use this at night. You can also com­bine this step by mix­ing in two to three drops of fa­cial oil into your mois­turiser.

6 SUN­SCREEN & OVERNIGHT MASK

Top off your skin­care with a sun­screen that of­fers at least SPF30/PA+++ pro­tec­tion to ward off UV rays. At night, con­sider us­ing a sleep­ing mask to nour­ish your skin and en­hance its re­gen­er­a­tive abil­i­ties while you sleep. The thicker con­sis­tency of the mask will also help to seal in mois­ture so your skin doesn’t dry out overnight.

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