So you just had an amazing facial at The Coeur d’Alene Resort Spa. Your aesthetician gives you an outline of her expert recommendations for your home care. While you may not understand what some of these things are and why you should be using them, there is a purpose for everything. Whether you’re adding one new product or several, there is an order in which you should apply them to reap the most benefits.
WHY PROPER LAYERING MATTERS
Your skin’s #1 priority is to protect you (remember the skin barrier?). In order for your products to work properly, they need to be applied in the right order for optimal penetration, generally from lightest texture to richest. Also consider the function of each product: preparation; treatment/nourishment (think serums); sealing it all in. Your water-based products (lightest) cannot penetrate through a richer, oil-based one. Following is the proper method of application:
5. Eye Cream
7. SPF (daytime)
8. Night Cream
WHAT DO THEY DO?
CLEANSE: This is listed because so many skip this step completely, particularly in the evening. Cleansing needs to be done twice daily unless you have a naturally dry skin, in which case you can simply rinse with water in the morning. You must clear the skin of daily grime and makeup in the evening; otherwise none of the rest matters much. This does not include soap – a proper facial cleanser is key: gels for oily/combination skins, milky for drier skins. If you find yourself skipping this important step in the evening, try doing it earlier, like after dinner. Then you can relax for the rest of the evening and go right to bed when you’re tired. Bonus: your products have more face-time instead of getting absorbed into your pillowcase. Try it – it works great!
TONE: Another commonly skipped step… These are not your grandmother’s witch hazel or alcohol-based astringents. Today’s toners impart ingredients designed to balance and enhance your skin’s health, and to prepare the way for the rest of your routine.
ESSENCE: Newcomers to the skin care world, essences are light, water-based products designed to boost hydration levels and ingredient absorption.
SERUM: These are the superstars of your routine. Serums are targeted solutions to treat your specific concerns, and should be applied at this point for the best penetration. If you are using more than one (good for you!), then again: lightest texture to richest is the order of application.
EYE CREAM: “Do I really need an eye cream?” If you are over 25 or have dry/damaged skin, the answer is a resounding “Yes!” The eyes have some of the thinnest skin on the body, and is where aging shows first. It is also a delicate area that often cannot handle some of the ingredients in your moisturizer. Applying eye cream first acts a protective barrier to your cream and/or SPF.
MOISTURIZER: “My skin is oily – why do I need a moisturizer?” More often that not, oily skins are very dehydrated due to over-cleansing and not rehydrating. Proper moisturizer will lock in the hydration (water) that is missing and support the skin barrier. Drier skins need the supplementation of a good moisturizer because they don’t produce enough of their own oil.
SPF: A broad-spectrum SPF (UVA/B) is key to anti-aging. Some moisturizers already contain an SPF; if not, look for mineral-based products for the best blocking of UV rays.
NIGHT CREAM: Night creams are special… they are designed to support what your skin does at night – repair and rejuvenate. Generally richer and more densely-packed with nutrients, night creams (a.k.a. “sleep creams”) pack a powerful punch to your routine and are highly recommended. There is a reason it’s called “beauty sleep,” after all.
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