There's a reason why skincare goods come in different consistencies. We show you how they all work together.
How to get your skincare in order
SKINCARE SHOULDN'T STRESS YOU OUT. UNDERSTANDING THE LANGUAGE OF SKINCARE ( RE: FIGURING OUT WHAT PRODUCTS ARE ABSOLUTELY essential and what order to apply them in) is surprisingly easy once you narrow it down to a thoughtful, doable routine. All it takes is five skin- saving products and one simple rule: apply products from lightest to heaviest.
STEP 1: TONER
Th e first step in every skincare regime is a clean face. After washing your face with a cleanser, start with an alcohol-free toner to clean any excess residue like dirt or leftover makeup. Use a dime-sized amount of toner (either on clean hands or a cotton pad—the choice is yours) and lightly pat the toner onto your face. Fresh Rose Deep Hydration Facial Toner removes impurities and softens skin while also delivering a light rose fragrance thanks to its rose fruit extract. Both Perricone MD Firming Facial Toner and Lancome Tonique Confort Comforting Rehydrating Toner restore the skin's pH levels and start you off with a fresh, blank canvas for the next step: serum.
STEP 2: SERUM
Think of serum as a daily supplement and vitamin for skin. It can be catered toward whatever skin type or issue is of concern, whether that's acne-prone skin, dry skin, redness, etc. Since serum is made up of smaller molecules that go deep into skin to deliver a highly concentrated dose of active ingredients, it's a go-to when targeting specific skincare problems. With a dime-sized dollop of serum, use fingers to spread it evenly on your face. Bulking up on Glossier's serums ( Super Bounce, Super Pure and Super Glow) lets you choose which serum superpower your skin needs for the day. If redness and blemishes are the culprit, Herbivore Botanicals Lapis Oil Balancing Facial Oil will do the trick. Th e C-Firma Day Serum from the natural skincare brand Drunk Elephant is also a skin saver for people who benefit from a product packed with vitamin C, antioxidants and nutrients that firm and brighten skin.
STEP 3: MOISTURIZER
Following the rule of lightest to heaviest, moisturizer is next up in line. Although serums do moisturize skin, it's not a moisturizer in the traditional sense, so both a serum and moisturizer are essential. Face moisturizers— usually a cream— should go on your face with clean fingers, mass aging it lightly upwards and outwards in a circle motion. When it comes to choosing a moisturizer, let yourself indulge in quality products. Dealing with dry skin throughout the day (whether it's because of the weather, dehydration or a moisturizer that is not up to par) is a problem that's easy to fix. One classically decadent face moisturizer is Clé de Peau Beauté La Crème, a multi- benefit cream that specifically help sage-defiance and skin correction. In the same realm of quality face creams is the ever- luxurious SK- II Ultimate Revival Cream, a creamy rich product that enhances skin vitality and structure.
STEP 4: EYE CREAM
Once skin is nice and hydrated with moisturizer, grab a trusty eye cream and dab a pea- sized amount underneath the eyes. The most effective way to use eye cream is to tap or gently massage cream with the tips of your ring fingers( the gentle st fingers) under eyes. Since the skin around eyes is th inner, prone to dryness and more sensitive than there st of the face, eye cream is a fundamental salve for many. Triedand-true eye cream s like Estée Lauder Advanced Night Repair Eye Concentrate Matrix reduce the looks of lines, wrinkles, puffiness and dark circles around the eye. Another classic cream worth adding to your beauty haul is La Prairie Essence of Skin Caviar Eye Complex, a lightweight gel that firms skin and fades sign of stress and fatigue thanks to a formula enriched with caviar extract. And since it's nearly impossible to f ind a Dior product that doesn't live up to its name, the same goes for the Dior Prestige The Eye Concentrate.
STEP 5: SUNSCREEN
The last essential step is sunscreen, which should be used ever y morning like clockwork. A nickel-sized amount of sunscreen should do the trick and act as a barrier against the sun's harmful rays. Choosing a sunscreen depends on your skin type and general preference. For an oil free option with sleek packaging (always an extra bonus), Chantecaille Ultra Sun Protection Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 45 Primer Lightweight isa leading contender. The lightweight, oilfree formula is infused with soothing botanicals including cherry blossom, lemon balm and white tea extract. Skincare enthusiasts swear by SkinCeuticals Physical Matte UV Defense SPF 50, a mattifying, mousse-like sunscreen for oily, combination and normal skin types. One of the latest and greatest sunscreen products is the newest Glossier Invisible Shield SPF 35. This clear, water gel formula is filled with active microcapsules that instantly absorbs into skin with no greasy residue.