Beauty 101: How To Layer Your Skincare – The Right Way
The most important thing is to ensure your skin is completely clean before you apply any hydrating lotions or oils. The general rule is to apply the most lightweight formulas first so they can be easily absorbed without the barrier of heavier creams. After each layer, give your skin time to absorb the product (at least a few minutes), this will also mean when you’re layering your products they won’t pill – those tiny little balls you get when you’ve used too much product.
Here’s how to layer products like a pro:
1) Cleanser: Cleansing should remove any makeup or dirt from your skin while also adding a burst of hydration, and if you wear makeup, you should definitely be double cleansing. To double cleanse, start with a cleansing oil (the most nourishing way to remove any makeup as they’re free from harsh chemicals, soaps, and parabens), then use a foam or gel cleanser (or whichever best suits your skin type). It sounds extra, but it will make sure there’s absolutely no makeup or dirt on your skin before you continue the rest of your regime.
Mask or Exfoliate: Once your skin is completely clean, now is the time to do any extra steps in your routine, like a clay or peel-off mask or exfoliating your skin. If you want to use a sheet mask, you can do this after you’ve toned.
2) Toner: Toning is super important as it removes any grime that your cleanser wouldn’t budge, and any minerals or chlorines from your water. It will also instantly tighten your pores and help restore your skin’s pH levels for a more even skin tone. For more guidance on choosing the right toner for your skin type.
The right toner is an essential step between your cleanser and moisturizer, not only will it remove any residue from your cleanser and leftover makeup that your cleanser couldn’t budge, it will remove skin irritating chlorine and minerals that are in the water. As well as giving one last sweep of our pores, a toner can even restore your skin’s PH balance, as many cleansers have an alkaline base that leaves your skin off balance.
Dry/ Sensitive Skin
It’s no surprise to those of you with sensitive skin that you have to be careful with the products you use, and when it comes to picking your toner, it’s no different. Start by looking for the gentlest toner you can find, making sure that it’s alcohol-free and packed with natural ingredients. We love formulas with naturally awesome ingredients like Tea Tree, green tea, rose water, and Witch Hazel, the latter is an amazing extract that has anti-bacterial properties that will tighten and tone. Products that include hyaluronic acid and glycerin will also help support skin hydration making them ideal for you.
Oily/ Acne-Prone Skin
For oily or acne-prone skin, a good toner is essential. Look for a toner that gently exfoliates as this will help shed dead surface skin cells that could block your pores. When combined, salicylic acid, AHAs, and glycolic acid work together to take down blemishes by cleaning deep into pores and getting rid of any dirt or toxins. Natural ingredients like ginseng, rose or chamomile will help to reduce inflammation and tighten your skin, and are all bursting with antioxidants that will help to keep free radicals at bay.
3) Serum: Serums are lightweight and contain a high concentration of active ingredient. The formula is made up of smaller molecules that are absorbed into the skin at a much deeper level. This makes serums ideal if you’re trying to target a specific skincare issue, like wrinkles or dry skin, as many are packed with hydrating ingredients as well. Like essences, which are basically a more watery version of serums, you only need a small amount – about the size of 2 pomegranate seeds!
4) Eye cream: Eye creams can brighten under eyes, reduce any inflammation, and add an extra hit of moisture. Depending on the formula it may look like a serum or a thick moisturizer, but now is the time to apply it. This way it has fewer barriers to get through and can be absorbed more easily! Always apply your eye cream with your fourth finger in a tapping motion, as this is the weakest finger so you won’t tug or pull the delicate skin. We also love to keep our eye cream in the fridge; it’s the ultimate eye wake-up call in the mornings!
5) Moisturizer: Hydrated skin is glowing skin, so NEVER skip your moisturizer. The right moisturizer will hydrate, replenish, restore your skin’s pH levels, and nourish and repair any issues like dry, flaky skin. But it’s also essential that you choose one with the right formula and ingredient list for your skin type. Like if you have dry skin, you need a really rich formula, but if you have acne-prone or oily skin, a gel formula will be your best friend.
Dry/ Sensitive Skin
IDEAL FORMULA: RICH OIL BASED CREAMS
When treating dry skin, a heavier oil-based moisturizer works well as the lighter formulas will be absorbed too rapidly and will not provide long-lasting hydration. Instead look for products that contain antioxidants, grape seed oil or panthenol as they prevent water loss and can retain moisture for up to 12 hours. Another thing to keep in mind is that the higher the oil content, the greater the absorption through the skin. This makes an oil-based moisturizer ideal for your night time routine as you won’t have to worry about shiny skin throughout the day.
Normal/ Combination Skin
IDEAL FORMULA: LOTION OR LIGHT CREAM
Normal/ combination skin can be problematic due to the variation of oily and dry patches. Gel creams and lotions are ideal as they provide some oil to retain hydration while they also have a high-water content to replenish dehydrated areas of the skin. Look for gel moisturizers that contain dimethicone; this ingredient stops water evaporating from your skin, while the formula is lightweight enough that it won’t sit on top of oily areas.
6) Face Oil: Without a doubt one of the most powerful potions on your shelf, the small molecular structure of face oils allows them to penetrate deeper into your skin and hydrate at a much deeper level. They also repair and plump your skin, and feed it with amazing natural vitamins. Oil needs to go last because it will create a protective barrier on your skin and lock in water, if not applied last, it could block your other skincare products from penetrating. If you’re on the oily skin list, we recommend only using your face oil at night.
7) SPF: For daytime, this is THE most important step, even during the winter months. Applying a good sunscreen every morning will protect your skin from damaging UVA and UVB rays. An SPF will sit on the surface of your skin acting as a protective barrier against the sun, so you should always apply it last; otherwise, it could stop your other products from penetrating.
We hope you enjoyed reading and from this point on you’re officially ready to start applying your makeup, although if you stick to this routine, your skin probably becomes so flawless.