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How to: Layer Beauty Products Well

How to: Layer Beauty Products Well
 

When you’re using lots of different products with various compositions like oils, serums, creams and gels it’s important to know when the best time to apply them and in what order to really reap the benefits.

First Things First:

Make sure you cleanse your skin really well, not so you strip your skin but so you get all the dirt, oil and dead skin that can cause dull and congested skin. You can either take your makeup off first using a makeup remover or double cleanse so that the first cleanse will remove your makeup and the second will really help clean the pores and allow the product to work on the skin. We recommend you cleanse both morning and night. 

Day Time: 

Secondly use your spot treatments, if you have a breakout then apply the product to those active pimples, or if your nose is dry use an oil. Spot treating your skin is a great way to make sure the different zones of your face get the treatment specifically needed for them, it might not be a case of one size fits all on your face which is why spot treating works so well. It’s also important that you allow each product the time to soak into your skin before layering the next.

If your applying in the morning then use oils like rose hip sparingly on dry patches but try to avoid your t-zone unless it’s extremely dry as it’s already a naturally oily area. Then apply your eye cream, finish with a light moisturiser all over the face that has a built in SPF. Sun protection is something your can't forgo and it's best to finish your skin care with an SPF. If you like to use a primer try mixing it in with your foundation or tinted moisturisers for a glowing effect after allowing your moisturiser to soak in.

Night Time:

After you have cleansed it’s important that you immediately apply your face products, this is the best time for your skin to absorb them as your pores are clean and open from the cleansing with warm water. We recommend you apply your spot treatments again on active pimples, apply other serums or gels you have, then if you still feel dry in areas your oils. If you are using a Vitamin C or Retinol apply these first before anything else, they are dream products that help your whole face. Tap your eye cream around your eyes, it’s important not to pull on the eye area as it’s very delicate. Finish off with an all over lightweight moisturiser in summer and if you need extra hydration in winter opt for a heavier product, and remember to not just to use your moisturiser on your face but apply down the neck and décolletage, always using an upwards action to apply.

Tip:

A good rule to follow is apply products from the lightest to heaviest. If you apply the heavy creams or thick oils first then the other products like serums and lightweight creams and gels will simply sit on top of them and not be able to penetrate your skin. Everyone uses different products, so this is a good rule to follow no matter what products you are using. 

Also always finish with a moisturisers, in the day time make sure it has a sunscreen in it. Moisturisers are used to seal in hydration and leave a long-lasting, protective layer on the skin to help keep the good ingredients from the other products in and harmful environmental factors out. Plus sunscreen is so important for anti-ageing and protection. 

Products we love:

Mario Badescu - Drying Lotion, effective spot treatment

Tea Tree Oil - Spot treatment

Peter Thomas Roth - Retinol Fusion

Rationale - DNA Reactivating Night Cream

Sunday Riley - Good Genes Treatment

Mecca Cosmetica - Lit From Within Primer

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