Skin care: The right order to apply your products in
Do you put your SPF on first or last? And what about face scrub – should you cleanse first? So many questions! Thankfully, beautyheaven has the definitive step-by-step order your skincare should be applied in down pat.
Does it really matter?
A comprehensive skincare regimen bursting with skin-loving nutrients and antioxidants is all well and good but if you’re applying it in the wrong order, you may not be reaping the rewards. For optimum absorption and potency follow the order below.
Think of your morning cleanse as your wake-up call rather than a skincare necessity. A quick wash is fine as your skin will be relatively clean after a night’s sleep. Look for a cleanser with an invigorating scent and energising properties.
It’s important to restore you skin’s pH balance back to a normal level after cleansing. You should only need a few drops of toner on a cotton pad and it doesn’t need to be rinsed off.
bh loves: Essano Superfoods Certified Organic Kale Balancing Mist Toner, $15.99
We all have different skin so there’s no universal serum prescription that fits all. However, if you’re new to the world of serums a vitamin B serum for hydration and vitamin C serum for a more refined texture, is a great place to start. Remember, if you’re using more than one serum, always allow at least one minute for absorption in between applications.
4. Moisturiser with SPF
It’s critical with our harsh sun that your morning moisturiser contains SPF – even when the sun doesn’t ‘appear’ to be out!
5. Eye cream
Don’t make the mistake of integrating eye cream into your regime when the first signs of ageing emerge - it should be used preventively far earlier! A targeted eye cream can do wonders for fine lines and concealing signs of fatigue. But do you really need a separate cream for the eyes? The answer is yes - the skin around your eye is very sensitive, which moisturisesrs for the rest of your face may not cater to! Bonus points if your eye cream has cooling features to keep puffiness and dark circles at bay.
6. Sunscreen (if your moisturiser doesn’t contain SPF)
Applying SPF straight after cleansing will render the rest of your products useless but popping it on at the end ensures your regimen can still work to its full potential. There's now also formulas that don't have that oily feeling if you're worried about feeling sticky and shiny.
1. Cleanse one
Double cleansing started in Korea and if their glowing complexions are anything to go by, this is a step not to be overlooked! Your first cleanse should be a make-up removing lotion, foam, oil, micellar water – whatever floats your boat – as long as it does the trick!
2. Cleanse two
Now it’s time to actually clean your skin. Make sure your second cleanser really caters to your skin type and needs. For an even deeper cleanse, we recommend using a sonic cleanser as the pulsations penetrate your cleanser deeper into the skin while the bristles ensure all dirt is lifted.
bh loves: Goodness Be Fresh Foaming Cleanser, $15.99; Elizabeth Arden Superstart Probiotic Cleanser Whip to Clay, $60; Foreo LUNA mini 2, $245
3. Exfoliator (two-three times a week)
You should never exfoliate before cleanse because it will end up doing half the work your cleanser should do (AKA removing all the dirt and makeup) instead of its proper job: buffing and polishing. Exfoliation helps to rejuvenate your complexion by removing dead skin cells and polishing. It’s a common misconception that scrubbing strips the skin leaving it dry and red - in fact dead skin actually inhibits full absorption of all your skincare and can rob you of that sought after glow!
4. Masks or Peels (once a week)
At-home masks and peels are a great way to give your skin some extra love and address specific concerns. They should only be applied once a week but check the label as a milder formulation may allow for additional applications. To get the full benefits, a mask needs to be applied to clean skin free of make-up and other residue.
Same as in the morning!
Some serums contain ingredients that work better in the evening when your skin is renewing overnight. Retinol and vitamin A serums, known as powerhouse anti-agers, are best used at night.
Behold the answer to the golden question – do you really need both a day and night cream? Simply put, yes! During the night is when all the heavy lifting occurs so night creams place emphasis on restoration and moisture. They are generally thicker and feature slower absorbing ingredients than their morning counterpart. Common night time ingredients like hyaluronic acid are able to penetrate skin more effectively over several hours without interference from SPF.
8. Eye cream
Same as in the morning!