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Daytime Skincare Routine: What Order Should I Apply My Skincare Product?

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Ever wondered every time you bought a new skincare product: What goes first? and does it matter how I apply my skincare products? Truth is, it actually does. According to a board of certified dermatologist and dermatologic surgeon Dr, Heather Rogers “applying your skincare products in the proper order ensures that your skin receives the full benefits of each product.”

Yes! your skin needs to reap the full benefits of the expensive skincare products you buy to stay in good condition.

How To Apply Daytime Skincare Products: A Guide

An easy rule to apply skincare products is to apply products with the thinnest consistency to thickest or just apply liquid to cream. Read on to discover how your daytime skin regimen should look like.

Step 1 Cleanse

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As you prepare to start your day, the morning skincare routine is all about protection from the sun, pollution and other elements. Start your morning with a wash using a gentle face cleanser designed for your skin type.

  • Gel Cleansers: ideal for oily and combination skin.
  • Cream cleansers: ideal for dry and sensitive skin.
  • Foam cleansers: ideal for oily and combination skin.
  • Oil cleansers: ideal for most types of skin.
  • Clay cleansers: ideal for oily and combination skin
  • Micellar cleansers: dry and sensitive skin
  • Powder cleansers: ideal for oily and sensitive skin
  • Bar cleansers: ideal for oily and combination skin.
  • Cleansing clothes, mitts and sponges: idea for oily and combination skin.

Step 2: Toner

Formulas for toners vary widely and can serve multiple purposes. It is important to note hat each type of toner is intended for a different skin issue – hence, the need to use the right type for your skin.

Step 3: Antioxidant Serums

Serums are designed to deliver high concentrations of specific active ingredients and nutrients to the skin. Serums address specific concerns making it valuable. Antioxidant serums i.e. serums containing Vitamin C are best applied in the morning under sunscreen – because antioxidant serums provide variety of benefits such as protecting your skin from UV rays and environmental pollutants by building your skin’s response to neutralizing damage.

Which ever serum brand you choose to use, apply it after cleansing but before moisturizing your skin.

Step 4: Moisturizing

Moisturizers are important for all skin types including oily skin (but use a gel-based, light weight or non-comedogenic moisturizers). Experts advice that moisturizers are best applied when the skin is damp – you would be able to lock in much needed hydration with your moisturizer after applying serum and various other treatments.

Pro Tip: Avoid applying your moisturizer on areas when using spot treatment to avoid interferences.

Step 5: Sunscreen

Darker skin tones require more sun protection due to hyperpigmentation. Sunscreen should be the last step in your daytime skincare routine. That said, if you have a darker skin tone selected sunscreen should offer broad spectrum UVA/UVB protection and recommended by the Skin Cancers Foundation. Usually, sunscreen should have a least 30SPF. Selected sunscreen should fit your skin type and sensitivity.

Common DIY hacks to Avoid:

  1. Baking Soda: While it is generally not harmful, baking soda can irritate your skin. At a pH of 8 baking soda will decrease your skin’s water content causing dry skin.
  2. Lemon Juice: It is too acidic and causes dark spots to appear after exposure to sun. Lemon juice also irritates and causes dry skin.
  3. Sugar: Used as exfoliant, it can be too harsh for your facial skin.
  4. Toothpaste: Ingredients used in toothpaste can dry out or irritate your skin.
  5. Garlic: Garlic used in raw form can cause eczema, allergies, watery blisters and skin inflammation.
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