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There's a rea­son why skin­care goods come in dif­fer­ent con­sis­ten­cies. We show you how they all work to­gether.

HILuxury - - NEWS - by MAYA WONG

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.

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