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Proper Skin Care Routine Order

Feb 7, 2020

With so many different types of products on the market, our drawers are full of moisturizers, exfoliants, cleansers, serums, etc. It can be overwhelming to know what products are right for you and how to use them. You could have the most fantastic routine that you diligently stick to every morning and night, but if you aren’t applying your products in the right order, you may not be receiving each product’s full benefits.



First things first –let’s start by removing anything on your face, make-up, sunscreen, etc. Using a make-up removing product or something as simple as coconut oil and washcloth will remove anything from your skin and allow your other products to be fully absorbed. This step is not necessary for the morning but should be done every night.



Once everything is removed from your skin, it’s time actually to clean your skin. This is most likely where you’ll start routine every morning. Picking out the right cleanser is just as important as when to use it. It’s best to use a sulfate-free cleanser. Sulfate tends to irritate the skin, disrupt PH levels, clog pores and cause breakouts, and weaken your skin barrier. If you have dry skin, it’s beneficial to find a cream-based cleanser to help lock in moisture. Exfoliating cleansers should be avoided, especially for daily use, the constant abrasiveness could irritate.



Exfoliating is a great process to have in your routine to remove any dead cells that can disrupt your other products’ absorption. Your skin type will determine the frequency you include this step into your routine. Some prefer to do a mild exfoliation with alpha- or beta-hydroxy acids daily, where some would instead do a more aggressive exfoliant weekly. Lactic acid is a great exfoliant ingredient because it’s gentle and hydrating. Still, if you want something tenacious to combat, more resilient skin glycolic acid is an ingredient you may want to look for in your products. If you aren’t someone who exfoliates every day, an excellent product to use in place of the exfoliation step is a toner. Toners help restore your skin’s pH levels, which help prep the skin for the rest of your treatment products.



Products used to help treat problematic issues/areas of the skin should go on clean bare skin. This gives them the best chance for success because they can penetrate the skin deeper when there aren’t many dead cell build-up or other products. These types of products include acne spot treatments, antioxidant serums, retinol/retinoids, etc. It should be noted that these types of active products work better when used one at a time. Layering multiple actives can irritate and can reduce the effectiveness when they’re combined.


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Hydrating serums or mists should be applied to the skin before thicker creams and oils. These types of products have different benefits for different skin types. If you have normal to oily skin, lightweight humectants may provide the moisture you need. If you have dry or dehydrated skin (there is a difference), then a hydrating product such as a serum or mist is essential for your skin. If you’re using both a mist and a serum to boost your skin’s hydration, it’s best to use the mist under the serum as it’s a thinner product.



Moisturizers are vital products to help lock in as much hydration as possible. Like all other products, the right product is dependent on your skin type. If you have oily skin, you will benefit better from a lotion, whereas if your skin is on the dry side, you may need a cream. Thicker formulas help lock in moisture and help provide a protective layer. Thinner formulas help prevent clogged pores and acne. If you are acne-prone, even if it is related to lack of hydration, it can benefit you to avoid creams, a cream that is too thick can trigger breakouts. If you have naturally hydrated skin, you may get away with just using a serum for hydration. Moisturizing is one of the most critical steps. If you only want a three-step routine, make sure moisturizing is one of them.



Some people believe eye creams are just more expensive moisturizers. But that isn’t necessarily true; while some of the ingredients are the same, there are additional ingredients used in eye creams to help prevent aging, puffiness, and dark circles. The skin around the eyes is different from the rest of the face, so eye creams are formulated specifically for its delicacy. Eye cream is usually pretty thick, so it should be applied pretty late in your routine stages.



Do you have dryer skin? Use a thicker face oil and apply it after moisturizer. Applying your face oil after applying your moisturizer will make it act as a barrier and lock in all the hydration. This should be the very last step of your routine; if you add anything on top of your face oil, the product won’t absorb as effectively.


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Whether you’re a person that just cleanses and moisturizes or someone who has a whole 10 step regimen – knowing the correct order to apply your products will help you reap all the benefits your products are supposed to be providing.

So do you feel confused about the order you should be applying your products, a general rule of thumb is to apply your products to thinnest to thickest. Anything lighter and solvent will penetrate bare skin easier, while thicker products like creams and oils should be saved for last so they can lock everything in.

If you’ve ever had an idea for a skincare product or want to see changes in the skincare market and establish your brand of products, call Dynamic Blending. As a full-service contract manufacturer, we can help bring your product idea to life and propel you and your product forward to success.


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