Taking care of your skin isn’t just for looking glowy (although it’s definitely a great benefit). Your skin is your body’s largest organ and you need to care for it to stay healthy and protected as you age. But a healthy diet and exercise aren’t all you should be concerned about. You need to have a solid skin care regimen down to keep your skin protected, hydrated, and clean. But let your skin care efforts not be in vain. You should know how to properly layer your skin care products so your skin gets exactly what it needs, at the right time, delivered at the right amount.
This simple guide will have you using your skincare products like a pro in no time!
How to Layer Skin Care Products
- Makeup Remover
- Eye Cream
- Facial Oil
How to Apply Your Skin Care Products
1. Makeup Remover
Always start your nighttime routine by removing your makeup. Use either a makeup remover, remover wipes, cleansing oil or balm.
Work in upward and outward strokes when removing face makeup and downward over the lids and lashes. These motions avoid pulling the skin which will cause fine lines and wrinkles over time.
Removing all your makeup before washing your face clears your skin to give products the best chance of working properly.
Make it a habit to remove your makeup nightly to make sure all your skincare efforts are effective.
After you’ve cleared your skin of leftover makeup, wash away the rest with a water-based cleanser formulated for your skin type. The water-based cleanser will ensure everything is completely rinsed off without leaving behind any residue.
Your cleanser removes makeup residue, dirt, and oil off the top layer of your skin, cleansing it and giving you a fresh, clear canvas to nourish without any blockages. The cleaner your skin, the easier your skincare products can absorb and effectively treat your skin.
Every AM, I do one quick cleanse to rinse off the leftover nighttime product residue and refresh my face.
At night, I usually wash my face twice to deep clean it. This is optimal for those who wear a heavier foundation and may have leftover makeup residue. During the summer, however, I usually stick to one cleanse at night.
How Much to Use: A quarter-sized amount of cleanser is all you need for one round of cleansing your face, neck, and chest. If your skin’s in need of some major rehab, rinse and repeat.
Exfoliation breathes new life back into dull and tired skin. Without it, you’ll experience dead skin cell buildup and products won’t deeply penetrate your skin due to this blockage. You’ll be left with lusterless skin and wasted product.
Basically, any skincare effort you make is useless if you don’t exfoliate 2-3x a week.
Use either a chemical exfoliant (acids) or physical exfoliants (like dry brushes and scrubs) to remove dead skin cell buildup
How Much to Use: Rub a pea-sized amount of exfoliant over your face, neck, and chest for a fresh, glowy look. If you use a scrub, make about 3 circular passes over the skin to remove all dead skin cells. Make sure to get into the corners of your nose and back by your ears.
For chemical exfoliants, follow label instructions, as ingredients vary.
After you’ve freshly exfoliated, it’s time to kick back for about 15-20 minutes with your favorite face mask and a magazine. For a more intense treatment, steam your face before or after applying your mask treatment to open your pores and really allow the mask to work deep within the skin.
How Much to Use: A quarter-sized scoop of a mask is all you need for most to completely cover the face, neck, and chest. You may even be able to get by with a nickel-size depending on the type of mask you use.
Go by how much it takes to completely cover your skin with a thin layer, which is all you need for most masks to effectively work.
Toner is the holy grail of hydration for your skin. It quenches and rehydrates skin while restoring it to its natural pH level. This means your skin is back to a healthy state preparing it for the next step.
Avoid patting your face with a towel after coating it in your toner. Keep your skin damp for the next step!
How Much to Use: You need 6-8 sprays for intense hydration to your face, neck, and chest. Bathe in it. Soak in all its glory.
If you haven’t been using a serum, you’re seriously missing out. Serums, which are a gel or lightweight lotion base, contain a high concentration of an active ingredient or a blend of active ingredients infused into them. They improve skin texture and clarity and work intensely to repair and restore.
Serums can rapidly improve skin conditions by clearing breakouts, brightening, fading brown spots, firming the skin, and boosting hydration.
Always apply your serum before your moisturizer so the ingredients fully absorb into the skin.
How Much to Use: To avoid wasting product, use no more than a dime size of serum. Using too much will cause the excess to sit on the surface of your skin as your skin can only absorb so much at once.
7. Eye Cream
After you hit your 20’s, it’s time to invest in an effective eye cream. The delicate skin around your eyes is the first part of your face that shows signs of aging.
Eye creams moisturize the tissue around your eyes to keep them supple and plump, which prevents the formation of fine lines and wrinkles.
Use a lightweight formula with a creamy or gel-like consistency to keep skin hydrated and healthy.
Avoid eye creams containing oils as they weigh down your skin and cause loss of elasticity over time.
Skip eye creams containing synthetic fragrances which cause irritation and dryness.
Always use your ring finger to apply your eye cream. It’s considered the weakest finger giving the lightest touch to your delicate skin.
How Much to Use: Dab a 1/2 pea-size amount onto your orbital bone (at the top of your cheekbones) and rub inward, upward and outward to apply. Work it into the skin next to the outer corner of your eyes pulling in opposite directions to encourage the skin to keep its elasticity.
Your skincare efforts would be wasted if you didn’t use a moisturizer each session. Moisturizer seals the top layer of your skin, creating a surface barrier that locks in moisture. It’s what protects your skin from pollution and environmental factors. It also keeps water from evaporating out of your skin, which causes dehydration if left exposed.
No other skin care product will create this barrier your skin needs to function properly.
Use your moisturizer day and night to keep your skin protected and supple.
How Much to Use: A pea-sized amount is all you need to form a protective barrier on your face, neck, and chest.
9. Face Oil
Due to their heavier consistency and large molecular size, oils have a hard time penetrating the skin. They sit on top of the skin. Apply your facial oils after your moisturizer so your moisturizer can absorb like it needs to.
How Much to Use: About 3-4 drops of facial oil is all you need for your face and neck.
Sun protection is critical to prevent premature aging and to avoid sun damage to your skin’s tissue. Use a broad-spectrum sunscreen to protect your skin and reapply it throughout the day as needed.
Cover every area exposed to the sun, including your hands, and use a facial sunscreen for your skin type to avoid clogging pores.
How Much to Use: Use a nickel-sized amount of SPF for your face, neck, and chest. Pass over your ears and behind your neck for complete coverage.
If your sunscreen leaves white streaks, blot it off with a tissue.
Choosing Your Skin Care Products
There is a wide range of skin care products available to you. If you’re overwhelmed by the never-ending options, start with the non-negotiables, which need to be used daily for real results. You should always use skin care products formulated for your skin type for best results.
While everything extra (like masks and serums) will make a huge difference in your skin’s condition, start with the basics if you need to and work your way up.
A good rule to remember when applying skin care products is to apply thinnest-consistency products first and finish with the thickest product. This allows the smaller molecules to penetrate as deep as possible, giving those products the most effectiveness.
Follow these guidelines and you’ll be on your way to your clearest, healthiest skin.