There is a certain order skincare products must be applied in and to deviate from this order might actually be hindering your skin from receiving the necessary nourishment these products offer.
Step 1) Makeup Remover:
For heavier makeup, you should begin with a makeup remover designed to dissolve and clean away long-wearing and waterproof makeup. A gentle option is Clinique’s Take the Day Off Makeup Remover. It is ophthalmologist tested so it’s perfect for contact lens wearers.
Step 2) Cleanser:
This might be the most important step. You need to get rid of all the makeup and dirt to open up your pores, and with a water-based cleanser, it’ll also help rid your skin of any excess oil from the makeup remover. Try cult-favourite Oskia London’s Renaissance Cleansing Gel.
Step 3) Exfoliator:
Often mistaken as a suitable cleanser, an exfoliator is best used only twice a week. Any more than that and you will scrub your skin raw but to go without this crucial step would also be detrimental to your skin. A good exfoliator will clean and remove debris from your pores, including dead skin cells. For a great exfoliator, try the Peter Thomas Roth Anti-Aging Buffing Beads.
Step 4) Toner:
To absolutely ensure your skin is clean and ready for the other products, always use a toner to clarify your pores and help balance the pH levels. Neal’s Yard Remedies’ Rehydrating Rose Toner will get the job done.
Step 5) Essence:
A rule of thumb with skincare is to always apply the lightest products first, which is where essences come in. This will further hydrate and plump your skin and there’s no better essence than La Prairie’s Skin Caviar Essence-in-Lotion. Apply with your hands and pat until it dries completely.
Step 6) Serums, Boosters and Ampoules:
With so many different names, this step could be a little intimidating, but the truth is a serum, booster or ampoule are essentially concentrated essences. These products are formulated with a specific target in mind, so find one that will help your problem area. For instance, Sulwhasoo’s First Care Activating Serum EX replenishes your skin for more youthful and resilient skin.
Step 7) Sheet Masks:
Sheet masks are a Korean beauty staple. These papery masks are soaked in nourishing goodness, ranging from collagen to aloe vera, and they can prove to be as soothing to the skin as it is to the soul. Relax for 15-20 minutes as your skin absorbs the moisturising nutrients needed for supple, glowing skin. Try the award-winning SK-II Facial Treatment Mask twice a week (but feel free to up the treatment dependent on the dryness of your skin).
Step 8) Eye Cream:
A common mistake is to apply eye cream last but, as it is lightweight, it needs to go on before your moisturiser. Keep those wrinkles away with the Fresh Black Tea Age-Delay Eye Concentrate. Remember to only tap in the product because the skin around your eye is the most delicate area of your face.
Step 9) Moisturiser:
If you do nothing else, moisturise, moisturise, moisturise! Whether you have oily skin or dry skin, this is essential to every skincare routine. Gently massage in Estée Lauder’s Nutritious Vitality8™ Radiant Moisture Crème for the best results.
Step 10) Sunscreen:
Whether you’re only popping out for a few minutes, you must always put on sunscreen. Those UV rays are not only harmful to your skin but they also speed up the process of aging, so be kind to yourself and apply on sunscreen every day. Use Dior’s One Essential lotion that protects your skin from harmful UV rays, as well as city pollution.