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What Order Should I Do My Skincare Routine?

By September 18, 2023February 29th, 2024No Comments

A great, effective skincare routine involves more than the type of products that you use. It’s about the order in which you apply your products that have a massive effect on how they penetrate and perform on your skin.

It can be an overwhelming process knowing where to begin with the plentiful amount of products out there, with various benefits and whether to apply them morning or night. Here’s a handy guide that can help you out on some essentials and when to apply them:

1. Cleanser

A cleanser is a good place to start in your skincare routine as it removes any dirt, excess oil and makeup which is important before applying any other products. It can be used both mornings and night and is available in various formations. This can range from oil-based cleansers that are effective particularly with dry skin and creams, gels and waters.

2. Toner

A toner’s role within your skincare routine is to replenish the skin after it has been stripped of its natural substances (like oil) after cleansing, and can be used both morning and night. Toners can vary and contain a wide range of ingredients, but here are a few things to look out for when picking a toner:

  • Look for an alcohol-free toner – This will limit any irritation and prevent your skin from drying out.
  • Alpha hydroxy acids (AHAs) – These are a group of acids that work together to exfoliate the surface of the skin, which makes it ideal for those with oily or acne prone skin. They also help balance the natural pH of your skin that can have a roll on effect on balancing factors such as the natural moisture your skin creates.
  • Hyaluronic acid – This naturally occurs within our bodies but decreases as we age and due to other external factors. It is one of the best ingredients for those with dry skin and is draws in moisture.

3. Serum

For those with dry skin specifically, just moisturiser alone isn’t enough for the skin to feel quenched and hydrated. This is where serums come in to play. A serum maximises the benefits of your moisturiser and increases the amount of absorption your skin can do, whilst adding various other beneficial ingredients that can help issues such as acne and hyperpigmentation. Serums are typically light in consistency and don’t feel too heavy on the skin. They can be used either in the morning or night, or even twice a day.

Serums such as Medik8 vitamin A Serum are ideal for use at night, as part of an evening skincare routine.

4. Peels, exfoliators & other treatments

With treatments, it’s best to apply them during the evenings or before bed as they cause your skin to become sensitive and also this gives the treatment time to work overnight. If you do apply them during the day, you should apply SPF of at least factor 30 or above around 20 minutes after doing so.

Treatments can range from retinol treatments, chemical peels and any other abrasive scrubs. It’s important to not use these everyday but ever 2 or 3 days so that your skin barrier doesn’t become damaged.

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5. Moisturise

You should be moisturising at least once a day, twice if possible. Even though your skin produces natural oils, this oil is often not enough to completely moisturise and replenish your skin’s surface and barrier. You can moisturise day or night but both is recommended to fully hydrate your skin.

As we gradually age, our glands also find it more difficult to produce oils and our cells take longer to regenerate resulting in wrinkles, sagging and dry skin. Moisturising on a daily basis, can slow down the effects of ageing and keep the skin looking and feeling plump.

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6. SPF

Applying SPF is a necessity to finishing off your skincare routine during the day as your skin and its protective barrier can become damaged exposed to too many of the sun’s UV rays. Even on cloudy days where the sun isn’t visible, you should still be applying SPF. Using SPF can limit the progression of signs of ageing such as wrinkles;es and also prevent any areas of hyperpigmentation or discolouration from becoming darker.

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