Since good skincare often takes on a multi-faceted approach, I am often asked in what order to layer products.
The first step to any good skincare regimen is cleanser. It removes make-up, dirt, oil and dead skin cells. This helps to unclog pores and prevent skin conditions like acne. It is important to cleanse your skin face morning and night.
The second step is toner which prepares the skin for products, balances the skins ph level and gets any residual make-up off.
The third step would be either a growth factor or serum. Thinnest product first! Serums are water-based intense treatments that address particular issues like pigment or dryness. Growth factors are essential proteins that make your skin think and act younger. They are like a personal trainer for your skin; enhancing the production of collagen.
The fourth step would be your eye cream. I would recommend one with Vitamin K for dark circles. If your concern is fine lines and wrinkles my recommendation would be an eye cream with retinol. The eye area is the most delicate and fragile part of the face. Gently pat your eye cream around the eye, avoid tugging or pulling at the skin.
The next step would be a skin pigment corrector, if needed. This type of product helps to correct existing pigment on the skin and prevent new pigment from forming. This will lighten and brighten your complexion.
The last step for your morning routine would be your sun protection. Nowadays, we need a SPF 30 or above every single day. Sunscreen protects against premature aging, skin cancer and prevents future damage from harmful UV rays. There are two kinds of sunscreen to choose from chemical and physical. Chemical Sunscreens are typically liquid sunscreens that absorb in the skin. While Physical sunscreens are zinc oxide and titanium dioxide that work by sitting on top of skin and either reflecting or scattering UV rays.
The second to last product in your evening routine would be a retinol based product. Retinols enhance exfoliation and stimulate collagen. It also helps improve skin texture and tone.
The last step in your evening routine is good nighttime moisturizer. It will provide deep hydration and skin radiance while your skin repairs itself overnight.
If you have any questions or concerns always consult with your aesthetician. She is the expert!