Your basic skincare, especially in the mornings, is all about preventing and protecting your skin. There are a lot of factors that your skin will be exposed to throughout the day, so it is important to take cautionary steps and to understand what each skincare product does. So let’s dive into how to layer your skincare.
Morning Skin Routine Order:
- Oil-based Cleanser: This will dissolve the oils produced by your skin overnight. Massage into the face thoroughly and rinse before patting dry with a clean towel.
- Water-based Cleanser: Preferably one that primarily contains surfactants that allow the water to rinse away dirt and sweat. Double cleansing in the morning isn’t always necessary but it doesn’t hurt because sebum, an oily substance produced in the sebaceous glands, can be produced while you sleep.
- Toner or Astringent: In case you were wondering whether to apply toner or serum first, it’s toner! It is designed to replenish the skin and to remove any dead skin cells and dirt left behind. This step can be skipped if you have dry skin.
- Antioxidant Serum: Serums that are high concentrations of certain ingredients and antioxidant-based ones will protect the skin from damage that could be caused by unstable molecules. Vitamin E and C serums are among the most common.
- Spot Treatment: This step individually treats any blemishes you may have. Anti-inflammatory or spot-drying products are best for blemishes with a visible head. If it is under the skin, or cystic, you will need a product that fights the infection from within.
- Eye Cream: The skin around your eyes is thinner and more sensitive so it is more prone to signs of aging, including fine lines, puffiness, and darkness. There are eye creams that can brighten, smooth, and firm the area, but not completely solve the problem.
- Lighter Face Oil: This is a great time to apply a lighter skin oil to help address dryness, flakiness, or dehydration. Adding the lighter oil under a heavier moisturizer is beneficial. This step can be skipped if you prefer a maintenance routine. You’ll have to test out a few oils before finding the best one for you.
- Moisturizer: Moisturizers are meant to soothe and soften the skin. For dry skin, go for a thicker cream or balm. For combination or normal skin, thicker creams also work best. Then for more oiler types, a fluid or gel is recommended.
- Sunscreen: Incorporating SPF into your daily routine is crucial. Not only does it reduce the risk of skin cancer, but it also fights against signs of aging. It is recommended to use an SPF 30 or higher.
- Makeup: Now that you know the correct way to apply skincare products, you can focus on your makeup! Feel free to skip this if you go for the more natural look, but for those who want a little coverage, let your skincare settle for a few minutes then apply your primer and the rest of our makeup products.
If you are still unsure about which skincare products you should use then make an appointment with us! Come see the best dermatologist in South Florida and learn all about your skin.