Have you been applying the same old skincare products with no results? Many of us are quick to rant on, judge, and discard our skincare products. Have you ever thought that the problem might be only the way you have been using it?
Our skin depends on every single drop of our skincare products. After all, some of skincare products so expensive that there might be better ways to get value for your money.
1. Don’t cleanse… Double Cleanse
Cleansing is the first and most crucial step in any skincare routine.
Begin by applying an oil-based cleanser. Oil-based cleansers are tougher than water-based cleansers. You’ll need them to help break down your makeup, dirt, sunscreen, and other environmental toxins.
Next, follow it up with a water-based cleanser. It might be your regular face wash. This cleanser will penetrate your pores and remove any leftover impurities.
Rinse, and your skin should be ready for the next stage of your skincare routine. Double cleansing cleans your skin and leaves it ready for some intense skincare action.
Many people cleanse their faces, but forgot to exfoliate. You’ll need to exfoliate twice a week if you are going to get your skincare products to work harder for you.
Your skin experiences a build-up of dead cells that form a layer on your face and body. This layer of dead cells that acts as a physical barrier between your skin and skincare products (one of the main reasons why your skincare products have not been performing as expected).
Your body naturally exfoliates itself, but as you age its efficiency decreases. And that is why you have to make an effort and exfoliate at least twice a week to maintain that glowing and radiant skin.
Be careful not to exfoliate every day or else you might end up stripping your skin of its natural oils.
3. Have you got your skincare routine in order?
‘Thinnest to thickest’- This is the principle behind it.
If you start with the thickest skin care product, all thin skincare products will be close to useless when applied. It’s the main reason why sunscreen is last in line.
After cleansing and exfoliating, immediately apply your toner, then your serum. Serums are highly concentrated and that is why you want to have them close to your skin for maximum effect.
Start with water-based treatments/serums followed up by oil-based products. Water is thinner, less viscous, and deeply penetrates your skin. Oils, however, are thicker and usually work on the skin’s surface to lock in your skin’s moisture and prevent it from evaporating.
Special attention to breakout treatments. When applying your toner and serum, make sure you leave out the areas covered by acne and other blemishes. Creams inhibit the working power of spot treatments, be very careful not to mix the two.
Here is the general order:
Cleanser-Exfoliant-Toner-Serum-Eye cream–Moisturizer-Spot treatment-Sunscreen.