Adopting a skin care routine can be a little intimidating. With all the serums, creams, oils available now who really knows where to start? So I went to a have a facial and picked the brain of a professional. Here's what I learned..
Cleanse & Exfoliate
Obviously this is the first step. But I included it because if you are doing a double cleanse (more on that here),you should use the creamy/oil cleanser first. These are frequently applied to dry skin and the point is to use that rich cleanser to get your makeup off, and then use a gel cleanser to get your skin extra clean. If you are doing a face scrub, that’s the last part of your cleansing process.
I actually don’t use a toner (dry skinned girl here and it’s just not necessary, especially if you double cleanse) but if you use a toner, this is where you do it. Pat skin dry and apply all over with a cotton pad.
Serum is the next step. The way you want to think of your product order is that you want to apply the ingredients with the highest concentration of active ingredients first, so that they’re closest to the skin and absorbed first. My favorite serum is Sunday Riley "Good Genes" but I also love Caudalie Vine[Activ] Glow Activating Anti Wrinkle in the evening.
My second to last step is always my moisturizer. I love a thick, velvety moisturizer. Right now I’m really into this one from Fresh called Lotus Youth Preserve Face Cream with Super 7 Complex. For daytime, I always use a moisturizer with sunscreen.
If you use an eye cream or a neck cream, this is when to apply these!
The last step in your routine should be face oil. This is what seals it all in! I like to let everything I’ve applied sink in for a minute or two while I brush my teeth, and then gently pat on my oils. For me, oils are saved for nighttime as after serum AND moisturizer. I’m already pretty shiny, but I really like to lock in all that moisture.