With so many skincare products at your disposal, it can take time to figure out which ones are right for your skin. Once you narrow them down, there’s the matter of incorporating them into your skincare routine. It may seem simple, but if you want to get the best out of your products, the order in which you apply them matters. Not sure what order you should do your skincare? We’re breaking down simple skincare routine step by step and including our best tips for layering your skincare.
Start with a clean slate. Before you can layer on your skincare, you must ensure your skin is nice and clean. The dirt and sebum that build up on your face throughout the day can interfere with the effectiveness of your skincare products—not to mention that not washing your face daily can lead to some serious skin problems. Begin your skincare routine by cleansing your skin with a face wash suited for your needs.
Slough away. Now that your face is clean, it’s the perfect time to exfoliate the top layer of your skin to reveal the bright, radiant skin beneath. Most people don’t need to exfoliate daily; instead, include this step in your skincare routine several times a week.
Tone and clarify. We may have ditched harsh astringent toners, but that doesn’t mean we can benefit from products that help to tone and clarify. Opt for an essence that will leave you with smoother, brighter skin.
Slather on the serum. Your serum is likely the hero product in your skincare routine, and every step thus far has prepared your skin for this. Exfoliating your skin before applying your serum allows the ingredients to penetrate your skin for optimal benefits.
Spot treat. Even a carefully curated skincare routine can’t keep every blemish at bay. Whether a pimple is lurking beneath the surface of your skin, or you have a stubborn dark spot that won’t budge, giving your skin some special attention will speed the healing process along.
Energize your eyes. Whether you’re getting ready to head out for the day or turn in for the night, you want your eyes to look bright. An eye cream will help keep the skin under your eyes radiant and smooth.
Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate. Your skincare routine is nothing without a quality moisturizer to keep your skin looking juicy and plump. While products like essences can provide moisture, you need a serum and moisturizer for truly hydrated skin.
Lock it all in. Your moisturizer will provide all the hydration your skin needs, but the main ingredient in most moisturizers is water—and water evaporates.