How to Apply Face Cream the Proper Way — Layers or Cocktail?

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When it comes to makeup, it’s been said that there are no rules. Does the same apply for skincare? The answer is no. In fact, there is a correct order in which skin care products should be applied.

Some have the notion that mixing a cocktail of creams and serums will be more potent than applying them in layers. This myth will actually end up costing your skin and your wallet — if not applied properly, your face won’t get the benefits from the products, which will, in return, be a waste of money.

So what are the proper steps when it comes to your skincare routine?

1. Always apply the face cream, moisturizer, or serum with the thinnest consistency first.

Serums, for the most part, should always go first after your cleanser and right before any moisturizers. If your serum is retinol or retinol-based, this takes priority over your retinol cream. The skin absorbs serums much faster than creams or moisturizers which is why it should be applied directly before anything else. Since Retinol is an ingredient used to repair things like wrinkles, lines, spots due to hyperpigmentation, while also boosting collagen production, always apply it as the first layer for a more powerful impact.

2. Because face serums are fast absorbing, Retinol creams and eye creams should go after.

Whether it’s to depuff in the morning or to avoid crows feet overnight, eye creams are meant to be used prior to moisturizers as an extra layer of hydration prior to your moisturizer. Dry skin, aside from causing cracks in your skin, causes deeper cracks in your wrinkles. Areas such as around the eyes are an easy target because the skin is extra thin, which is why crows feet is so common. Having that extra moisture shield gives the eye area more flexibility avoiding wrinkles, while Retinol work to repair the damage of cracked skin and wrinkles.

3. Moisturizers tend to be the thickest consistency out of all the skincare products because they are meant to be applied all over the face and neck.

If using a moisturizer at bedtime, this will be your last step. However, if you’re using the moisturizer in the morning, you’ll want to follow up with an SPF to protect you from the sun’s UV rays that you’re exposed to while driving to and from work or when going for walks with your little one.

4. SPF should be taken seriously as it is the most important product in your morning skincare lineup.

It provides broad-spectrum protection, helping to prevent the skin from damaging factors caused by the environment like sun spots and skin cancer. Even on cloudy days, always wear SPF since 40% of the sun’s rays reaches the earth on these types of days. Used with a Vitamin C serum, your face will have double protection and hydration from pollutants and dehydrating conditions not only caused by the sun but also air quality.

Following these steps can make a big difference in achieving your skin goals by maximizing the effects of the ingredients in each product while stretching out their longevity and saving you an extra trip to refill.


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