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Oct 26, 2018

Skincare101: The Correct Order To Apply Skincare Products

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I'm so excited to bring you an updated version of my original post from back in the dinosaurs age of 2016 lol...

OMG!!! You've Been Applying Your Skin Care in the Wrong Order

 Since then we've seen new editions to the skincare family and a lot of these things aren't new at least to the Koreans but to us AMERICANS, as usual, we're always 100 steps behind.

Everyone finds value in different things and mines just so happen to be skincare. And with all the new technology and products such as cleansers, toners, essence, serums, and more that's out there I'm sure it can become overwhelming. When I first got into the beauty industry it was overwhelming getting sent tons of skincare products but not knowing how to use it effectively. And the more the industry evolved and new innovative products came out the more confused I became UNTIL I followed the basic rule of thumb when it's pertaining to the application and what order to apply your skincare products in. 



The general rule of thumb is to layer your products from thin to thick and water-based to oil base. If you follow this logic you won't be confused. This is important to know because you want the products to penetrate the skin and do their job. Applying in the wrong order won't allow you to get the most of your products and what happens is not only are you not getting the benefits but you're wasting product time and money. So I'm here to share some nuggets with you that will get your skin back on track. 
CLEANSE YOUR SKIN
This is the first thing in your skincare routine that you want to do. If wearing makeup you definitely want to go into it differently. Especially when you're wearing eye makeup such as mascara and eyeliner. If waterproof you need something that's going to grab hold to the product and the key is to use something with oil. I like to use coconut or olive oil on a q-tip to remove the product. But I have tried other products if you prefer to purchase a product from the store. 
I also like to take a clean spoolie brush (it looks like a mascara wand) and a q-tip to assure that the residue is removed from the eyes with the eye makeup remover. Then I follow up with my cleansers. I have many products but I alternate between a few cleansers that I know will thoroughly clean my skin without leaving it totally dry. 


EXFOLIATE YOUR SKIN
Exfoliating your skin is something that you don't necessarily have to do but I recommend it. It's an important step and should always come after the cleansing phase or you can merge it with your cleanser to kill two birds with one stone. Consider exfoliates like an abrasive cleanser that scrubs the dead layers away. There are different types of exfoliating methods. You have exfoliants with microbeads in them, you have exfoliated tools such as the Clarisonic and Foreo luna, and then you have the natural exfoliants like glycolic acid, salicylic acid, and enzyme peels that a form of exfoliant. The reason why I recommend exfoliating your skin is that it's important to lift the dead layers from your skin to reveal the new. And if you are someone that suffers from acne scarring, blemishes, and other skin conditions then you want to add exfoliates to your routine. I guarantee you will start to see results. 


MASK YOUR SKIN
Masking is not something you have to do but I will say it makes a difference. And with masking, you want to make sure you do it after you cleanse and exfoliate. I try to be consistent with my masks but I have used a plethora of masks for different purposes that I really liked. There are moisture masks, clarifying masks, detox masks, exfoliating masks and more. 


TONE YOUR SKIN
Some dermatologists are saying that toner is not needed for the skin. And that may be true with all of the additional skincare products added you don't necessarily need toner. I've tried both with and without toner and I've been fine. The goal is to put the moisture back into the skin and you can definitely do that without a toner. But if you can't afford essence or a good hydrating serum having a good toner is still important for your basic skincare. There are many toners out there and a few I'd recommend. But if you know me very well there is only one toner that I consistently use and that's Pixi Glow Tonic but I'm going to give you some other recommendations also. 



SPOT TREATMENTS/MEDICINE
When it comes to prescription medication for the skin you want to ensure that the product absorbs so you want the product to be on clean skin so they can fully absorb and do their job.




ESSENCE IT UP
Essence is a Korean method which most times is a form of a serum because of the active ingredients and the benefits you get from it. Depending on the texture will determine in what order it should come. Most essences I've tried or seen or either in liquid form or it's more of a creamy gel consistency. But there are come cream essences and if you ever run into one and decide to try it, instead of putting it before the serum you would put it after the serum. Remember the rule of thumb. Gel always comes before creams because gel is light in consistency so you always want to make sure the product penetrates the skin. 



TREATMENTS & CREAMS
Now it's back to your skincare products. The order of your products is determined on the consistency of the products. Remember thin always comes before thick and this is the rule of thumb you should follow no matter what. When it comes to getting the results in your skin this is it! I am an advocate for them even though they cost the most it's totally worth the investment because they're highly concentrated which means you will definitely see results. Remember earlier when I recommended exfoliants and why I felt they were important? Once you remove the dead layers of the skin which you only have to do 2-3 times a week. You would treat the skin with a serum. There are different serums for different purposes. I use Hydrating Serums, Glycolic Acid Serums, Hyaluronic Serums, Vitamin C Serums, Retinols and more...These serums, oils, and creams promote healthy skin and are anti-aging. I use all of these at night because the skin regenerates overnight and these products help in evening out my skin tone by fading hyperpigmentations, it helps diminish fine lines & wrinkles and gives a boost of hydration. If my skin is a bit drier than normal I'll add a few drops of Derma E Radiant Glow Face Oil or Pixi Rose Oil to my cream.



Now that you've read this post are you a bit more comfortable with your skincare routine or adding new steps to your routine? Let me know in the comments below. 


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