Sequence Matters - Here's How to Do Your Morning Skincare Routine
Skincare can be tricky, especially if you’re a novice. You have to research the appropriate ingredients for your specific skin concerts, compare similar products, and factor in the price of each ingredient to see if it’s worth it.
It doesn’t even end there! Once you finally receive your products, now you have to figure out the order in which you apply each one. For many it’s a daunting process that discourages people from fully committing to the process.
Luckily we’re here to help.
General Tips to Remember
The order in which you apply your skincare is critical. The skin’s job is to keep bacteria out of your face, but the point of applying skincare is to try and penetrate the skin with these active ingredients. Only a small amount of these active ingredients can penetrate the skin, even when it’s perfectly formulated and applied. If the products aren’t applied in the correct order, you won’t see the best results from your skincare routine.
As a rule of thumb, apply your products from the thinnest consistency to the thickest. Timing matters too since products need time to be absorbed into the skin. Professionals recommend waiting anywhere from 5 to 30 minute before moving onto the next step, but a lot of us don’t have time for that. Pausing for a minute or until the product dries on your skin is a good method for most products.
Step 1: Cleanser
This step is a no brainer. Use a cleanser that’s designed for your skin type. If you’re not sure what’s best for your skin, we recommend using our Perfect Skin Wash, which is ideal for all skin types.
Step 2: Toner
Many think that toners aren’t necessary, but they actually help recorrect the skin’s pH balance after it becomes too basic from harsh soaps or cleansers. They also offer exfoliation and other benefits depending on the specific toner you use. Looking for a toner to incorporate in your routine? Our O2 Hydra Mist is a toner suitable for all skin types.
Step 3: Antioxidant Serum
Since serums are designed to deliver highly concentrated ingredients to address specific skin concerns, it's best to use one that has antioxidant properties. Antioxidant serums like our C-Lester C10 and C20 Topical Serums help protect your skin from UV rays and free radicals, among other things.
Step 4: Eye Cream
Eye cream is an important step once you reach your 20s. Regular use of eye cream over time will help keep the skin elastic and prevent fine lines. Dermesthetics has several fine eye treatments that address several needs. Check them out over here.
Step 5: Spot Treatment
Spot treatments, such as acne cream, need to be applied as close to the skin as possible to maximize the product’s benefits. However, check the packaging for specific instructions. Some spot treatments won’t work if something else is layered on top of it after.
Step 6: Moisturizer
There’s a common misconception that people with oily skin don’t need to use moisturizer. However, moisturizing is still necessary as the skin needs to mitigate the loss of hydration even if it is oily or acne-prone.
Step 7: Sunscreen
Sunscreen is the last and probably most important step in your morning routine. Make sure to invest in a sunscreen that at least has an SPF factor of 50 and a P+++ rating like our UV Shield Sunscreen.