(Yes, there is a right order for skincare products)
With so many product options, it can be confusing when trying to determine how to best layer your skincare to maximize the effectiveness of each product. Is it serums first? What about oils? Indie Lee has perfected the art of layering skincare by product so you can make the most out of an effective and simple skincare routine and know the proper order of skincare products.
Indie Lee - Recommended Skincare Sequence Breakdown
Cleanser: The foundation of any skincare routine. It involves dampening the face, massaging in the cleanser, rinsing, and gently patting the skin dry. This step removes makeup, dirt, and impurities, preparing the skin for subsequent products.
Pro Tip: When drying your face, be sure to pat instead of rub to avoid unnecessary tugging of the skin.
Exfoliators: These are optional but beneficial. Exfoliators, both physical and chemical types, remove dead skin cells and enhance skin brightness. They should be applied to clean skin 2-3 times a week initially.
Toner: An optional step, based on personal preference. If used, apply with a cotton pad after cleansing. Toners prepare the skin for further treatment.
Serums: These are concentrated treatments for specific skin concerns and should be applied after cleansing, before oils or moisturizers. Different serums target various issues and should dry for 30-60 seconds before applying other products.
Moisturizer: Essential for sealing in the benefits of previous steps and hydrating the skin. This is the final step in a routine, applied to the face and neck.
SPF (AM) / Targeted Solutions (PM): In the morning, SPF should be the last step to protect the skin from UV rays. At night, spot treatments for specific skin issues should be the final step.
Evening Spot Treatments: In the same way that applying SPF is crucial for your morning routine, incorporating spot treatments is key for your evening skincare regimen. Almost everyone experiences occasional skin blemishes. When these arise, it's advisable to apply specific treatments like salicylic acid or benzoyl peroxide as the final step after your regular skincare routine. This allows your skin to heal overnight while you rest.
Lastly, by following these guidelines, you can confidently layer your skincare products for the most effective results. Whether it's day or night, this structured approach ensures that you're always showcasing the healthiest, most radiant version of your skin.
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