The world of skincare is ever evolving, and it’s not always easy to know what is best for your skin. Trust ELEMIS’ Ultimate Guide series to answer your questions and simplify your skincare routine. This week, we reveal the best order to apply products in your skincare routine.
So, you have curated your ideal routine, from an everyday cleanser to a weekly face mask, but how can you be sure to see optimum results from these thoughtfully chosen products?
Every ELEMIS product is packed with powerful actives alongside cutting-edge technology, and the secret to optimum efficacy is all in the application. By starting with the most easily absorbed product and building up to the densest, you ensure a clear pathway for every precious active to sink deep into the cells that need them most.
Here, we go back to basics and reveal the best order for layering products in your skincare routine.
The Correct Order to Apply Products in Your Skincare Routine
1. Make-up Remover
The first step is easy – if you are wearing make-up, it’s imperative to take it off. Look for an effective but gentle make-up remover that will remove all traces of mascara and eyeliner, leaving your skin ready for a thorough cleanse.
Now that your skin is free from make-up, it is time to sweep away the day’s dirt and grime. Whether you prefer a cleansing balm, oil or cream formula, every great skincare routine begins with a proper cleanse – it is the foundation for healthy skin. Effective cleansing will rid the skin barrier from a daily build-up of aggressors – think sweat, city smog and pollution – without upsetting the natural pH levels of the acid mantle.
Want to perfect your cleansing method? Our Ultimate Face Cleanser Guide for 2017 will help you improve your daily cleansing routine with the right cleanser for your skin type.
Exfoliators should be used once or twice a week to renew dull, congested skin. Whether you opt for a physical or chemical formulation – physical scrubs ‘slough away’ dead skin cells, while chemical acids dissolve them - your face exfoliator should offer intense renewal for when your skin needs an extra-deep cleanse.
Unsure how to approach exfoliation? Read our ‘ELEMIS Therapist’s Guide to Exfoliating’ or visit your nearest ELEMIS counter for a SkinLab consultation and let one of our skincare experts guide you.
All skin types require toning. With a consistency similar to water, your toner’s job is to balance the skin barrier’s pH after cleansing – the optimum number is 5.5 – while removing any remaining residue as well as minerals that may be found in tap water.
Don’t be tempted to skip this step. This is why a facial toner is important in your skincare routine.
5. Face Mask
ELEMIS recommends applying a mask at this point in your routine once to twice per week. Your toner will have balanced the skin barrier, leaving it perfectly prepped for the potent ingredients in a face mask to be deliver deep into the epidermis.
There is a mask to suit any skin concern, and endless ways to use them.
6. Facial Oil
A facial oil should be the first step in the ‘treatment’ phase of your daily skincare routine, as the massaging process helps to smooth and soften the skin, ensuring it’s fully prepped for what is to come.
Not sure which oil is for you? Here we reveal the best facial oil for your skin concern.
Serums sink effortlessly into the skin’s deeper layers to deliver a potent hit of actives and target your primary skin concerns – be it ageing, pollution, blemishes, or irritation. Your choice of serum may well change throughout the month to meet the demands of your skin.
8. Eye cream
It is important to apply your eye cream next, as you want it to sink into this delicate skin before applying your face moisturiser. This is to ensure the actives within are delivered straight to the eye area. It’s important to treat this skin delicately, tapping the product onto the skin without dragging or rubbing.
Not sure if you need to include this product in your skincare routine? There are multiple benefits of using an eye cream.
The densest product in the line-up, your moisturiser will seal in the other skincare products that came before it, ensuring optimum efficacy from all those powerful actives. If your skin’s feeling especially dry, you can finish with a couple of drops of your preferred facial oil, pressed over the top.
SPF is essential to keep your skin protected – and not just on sunny days. Your moisturiser may already have you covered (look for both UVA and UVB protection,) but if you are using a separate product then it is best to apply it after moisturising. It is a good idea to wait a few minutes after applying your moisturiser, ensuring the skin has absorbed it fully before reaching for the SPF cream.