At least once a week we are asked for advice on what is the right order of creams for the skin. What do we put first? When does the serum or toner and oil come in? Before or after moisturizing? And what about the masks? Not to mention retinol!
If we do not apply them to our skin in the right order or if we do not put the right moisturizer or the right toner for our skin type, two things can happen or they will not be effective or even worse they will cause serious irritation to our skin.
Below you will see the correct order of application of dermocosmetics. Let's start!
Every morning we apply in turn, the cleanser, the toner, the serum, the eye cream, the treatment for scars, the moisturizer, the face oil and finally we do not forget the sunscreen.
While in the evening we start again with the cleanser and continue with the toner, the serum, the eye cream, the treatment for the marks, the retinol and the face oil.
Step 1 .
Removes very well any make up traces from your skin, before applying the cleanser. After removing make-up, use a cleansing gel, if you have acne, choose a mild with a creamy texture. This step should become a necessary habit in your daily beauty routine !!!
Let's move on to toner, they used to be based on alcohol and all they did was irritate the skin, but today that has changed and toners are full of mild, moisturizing ingredients that cool the skin and prepare the skin to better absorb the ingredients from the cosmetics that will follow. We never skip this step!
If you have acne look for toners that have BHA (beta hydroxy acid, such as salicylic acid) or AHA (alpha hydroxy acid, such as glycolic acid or lactic acid), which works to unlock pores, prevent flares and dissolve pimples over time. If you have dry or oily or sensitive skin, you will choose a toner suitable for your skin type.
Ah these serums! You have seen them, you have probably bought some but you are not completely sure and sure what to do and you are not alone.
Serums are essentially shotguns (we do not drink them but apply them to our skin) from highly concentrated nutrients, moisturizers and antioxidants that really enhance the health of our skin once we apply them.
So in the morning, choose a serum full of vitamin C, which protects the skin from inflammation and damage caused by free radicals during the day, while at the same time brightens the skin. It is indeed the MVP of skin care ingredients, but it is also possible so if your skin is sensitive, use it wisely. At night, choose a serum full of hyaluronic acid to fill your skin and keep it hydrated while you sleep.
We have already reached the fourth step! It is nothing more than the application of eye cream which is lighter in texture than the moisturizer of the face, so be sure to apply it before the moisturizer and the oil. The basic rule when applying skin care is to apply cosmetics first with a light texture and then with the most concentrated, as light-textured products can not penetrate into richer-textured products.
In the morning, use an eye cream that is in the form of a roller or is placed with a special roller tool that helps reduce fluid retention, the "bags" known to all of us. If eye cream contains caffeine, which helps tighten puffy eyes, so much the better! In the evening, prefer a soft and moisturizing eye cream that will correct fine lines around the eyes without the risk of irritation. You can also use retinol but be patient, there is a next step for the whole face.
If you have no scars, scars
or two colors this stage you can skip! Ideally, the treatment for scars (whether it is spots or scars) should be applied at night, because then your body works harder to correct the problem. However, if you have already used an anti-acne tonic or plan to apply retinol, try doing the treatment in the morning to avoid irritating your skin. No matter when you apply it, make sure it is applied before your moisturizer, so that the ingredients can really penetrate your skin without barriers. The application is the same: put a thin layer, a thin enough layer and wait at least a whole minute for it to dry. Then apply the moisturizer around the spots.
Chapter Moisturizing! We all always use moisturizer, it does not matter if you have oily or dry skin, there is the right moisturizer for every skin type! Moisturizer is the only cream that will keep your skin hydrated and healthy. In addition, it helps to trap all the ingredients from the previous products to make them even more effective.
In the morning we apply a light and gentle moisturizing cream with hyaluronic acid, which will keep the skin hydrated without feeling heavy or oily, ideally with a sun protection index of at least SPF 30, especially if you do not plan to apply sunscreen later. Whatever you choose, let it soak in for at least five minutes before applying makeup. At night your moisturizer should fill the skin with all the ingredients your body naturally produces, such as hyaluronic acid, lipids and proteins. You can also use an anti-aging night cream, which has a dose of retinoids that tend to be milder than retinol, especially on sensitive skin.
Miraculous retinol! Retinoids, the general term for vitamin A derivatives, are absorbed into the skin to speed up the cell cycle, helping your skin to become fresher, smoother and less wrinkled. You will see results within four - six months as long as you use it consistently!
It may take some time to see your wrinkles smoother but that does not mean you will not see more immediate results in other ways. Retinoids cause collagen production and cellular exfoliation, which means that visible pores, dark spots on the skin, and scars will also fade. Basically, retinol is the closest thing to magic!
How to use it.
If you are new to retinoids, be sure to start slowly to alleviate the initial period of sensitivity. Apply a dose of pea size all over your face one night for the first week, then two nights a week for two weeks and then three nights a week for three weeks and then every other night indefinitely. If you are already using (or planning to use) a retinoid night cream, the extra retinol will simply cause inflammation.
The face oil seals all the ingredients and moisture from the previous steps so that they do not evaporate quickly. By themselves, oils are not really moisturizing, but when you apply them over products, they help increase the effectiveness of the products while leaving the skin soft. Just make sure they are always applied last.
Oils can easily penetrate moisturizers, serums and treatments, but no product can penetrate an oil, which means they must be applied last. Oils are not just for dry skin, some oils such as rose and jojoba can reduce excess oil on acne prone skin, while lettuce and aloe oils can soothe sensitive and irritated skin.
We may have said that oil always comes at the end but technically the sunscreen is really the last step. Why; The sunscreen does not try to penetrate anything, it is there to protect your face and act as armor against the outside world. It is not a cosmetic additive like oils. It is protective. The absolute minimum SPF you need on your face is SPF 30, to protect against premature aging, acne scars and increased risk of cancer.
Because you learned everything in the world of skin care. Well done! Celebrate the health and your skin!