Does it matter what order I should apply my skincare products?
Yes, it does, read on to find out why!
TL;DR: Check out our summarizing graphic of the Recommended Order for your Skin Care Products at the bottom of this article.
The Sequence Do Play a Part
Like we always preach, skincare is a family affair and if each product plays its role, it would lead to collective success. However, it is important to apply your products in the proper order to enable your skin to receive the full benefits of each product and have the best results from your skincare regime.
Quoting Dr. Alicia Zalka, a US-based dermatologist, ‘the order in which products are applied to your skin is critical’ and she is of the view that after spending hard-earned dollars and time on your skincare routine, you should not lose out on optimization of your effort.
So, What are the Recommended Steps?
Well, that depends, your skincare regime for day-time and night-time should differ slightly. The day-time regime should be focused on protection against the sun, dirt, and pollutants that you will encounter throughout the course of your daytime activities.
Your night-time regime should revolve around treatments and replenishing what your skin needs to aid with reparation. Quoting Dr. Heather Rogers, a board-certified dermatologist, and dermatologic surgeon, “if your skin is looking dull, exfoliate. If it is irritated, hydrate and protect”.
Your Day-time Regime
Step 1: Cleanser
In the morning, start by splashing your face with water and wash with a gentle face cleanser designed for your skin type to remove the sebum and dirt that your skin accumulated throughout the course of your sleep.
Fun fact: We labeled our products with numbers, so just follow the numbers and you won’t go wrong.
Step 2: Toner
Most people choose to skip toners, especially males, because they do not see a need for it. Toners will provide an additional boost to your skin by delivering antioxidants to fight free radicals, vitamins, or hydrating elements. Toner can also help to balance the skin’s pH after the use of hard water/harsh soaps.
Step 3: Serums
Serums are like skin vitamins, providing an extra boost of concentrated nutrients/vitamins to your skin. It is recommended to use serums with antioxidant properties, which will aid with your skin’s response to harmful UV rays and pollutants you will come across the day.
Step 4: Eye Cream
Eye creams should be used to help improve the skin quality around your eye area, ensuring that the eyelid skin does not lose its firmness and smooth appearance. There are some eye cream products that have SPF properties too, which you can consider if you have to be exposed to the sun for long periods of time.
Step 5: Moisturiser
Moisturizers would be very helpful as an extra boost of hydration to supplement the natural protective coating of sebum produced by the body, especially if you are going to be exposed to the outdoors elements for an extended period of time.
Apply a layer of moisturizer while your skin is damp (after your application of toner, serums) to lock in the hydration to your skin with your moisturizer.
Step 6: Sunscreen
Last but not least, shield your skin against UV rays with a sunscreen product before you leave your home.
Your Night-time Regime
The night-time skincare regime should focus on treatments and replenishing your skin so that it can repair naturally throughout the night.
Step 1: Cleanse
To completely remove the dirt, oil, and grime accumulated throughout the day, it is recommended that you should remove your makeup first with a makeup remover, before washing your face with a cleanser.
Alternatively, you could consider using a method called double cleansing, whereby you first use an oil-based cleanser to remove your makeup and then follow up with a water-based cleanser to clean your face. It is important to remove the excess dirt, sebum and makeup to prepare your skin to perfectly absorb the upcoming skincare products.
See: Techniques to cleanse your face here
Step 2: Toners
Apply your toner to your skin, just as you did in the morning. It is also a common practice where people would layer different types of skincare boosters (essences, mists, beauty water, hyaluronic acid serums, etc).
If you are applying multiple products, it is recommended to use a toner first, followed by the skincare boosters. The ingredients in these skincare boosters would usually tend to help to hydrate and nourish your skin.
Step 3: Eye Cream
Apply some eye cream to help address issues like crow’s feet and dark circles. The application of eye cream before the upcoming treatments would help to protect your eye areas from potential irritation from the ingredients of the upcoming treatments.
Step 4: Treatments, Peels, Serums
As we sleep, the skin would do it’s reparation work to restore and regenerate the skin cells, thus it is recommended that targeted skincare treatments should be used at night. You can explore different kinds of treatments which include anti-aging serums (growth factors, active ingredients), exfoliating treatments (peels, scrubs, masks), or even retinol creams.
However, instead of stacking these treatments on top of each other, experts recommend that you should choose your treatment depending on your immediate skincare needs.
Try: Strawberry Face Scrub or Epidermal Growth Factor Serum Capsules (coming soon!)
Step 5: Moisturizer/Night Cream
Use a moisturizer, or night cream to create a protective layer on the skin to lock in moisture and prevent water evaporation throughout your night. While most people use the same moisturizer for day and night purposes, night moisturizers are generally thicker in texture as they are formulated to be absorbed throughout the course of the night.
It is important for the healing and regeneration of your skin by maintaining high water level content. If your skin is naturally dry, you
can consider using a face oil product before applying your moisturizer/night cream.
Try: Hydro Vita-E Emulsion (coming soon)
One last piece of advice? Listen and be in your own skin! Each individual has their own unique skin properties and it is crucial to find out what works for you.
Here at DermaCurate, we are strong advocates that skincare is a family affair, whereby if each product (like a family member) plays its role, it will lead to collective success. Explore and build your best family of products here with our DermaCurate community as we continue to handpick the best skincare products from boutique/indie brands around the world.
Need a quick reference on how to go about your skincare routine? Check out our short infographic below!