Let's take a step back and consider the use of multiple products in your routine. Be aware that more isn't always better. How you prioritize the products you use should be based on your skin type, its current health and condition. The biggest mistake you can make in using skincare is piling on product after product. Let's take a look and consider how to prioritize your skin's needs and the steps to address each need.
Step 1 - CLEANSE & TONE: Your first priority every morning and night is cleansing. How does your skin feel after it's been freshly washed? Clean, smooth, comfortable? Great! Too oily or it feels tight and desperately needs a moisturizer then it feels, okay? Neither of those results is good and is actually impacting all the subsequent steps. Do yourself a favor and change your cleanser if it's not working. A toner is designed to remove any remaining residue on the skin. Specialty toners are available and are formulated to address a specific skin condition, such as acne or dehydration. These specialty toners actually add a beneficial boost to your home routine.
Step 2 - EYES: To help you age gracefully, do not neglect your eyes. Keep the skin around your eyes well hydrated with a serum or a cream specially formulated for the eyes. Be gentle as the skin there is thin and lacks oil glands. Definitely wear your sunglasses year-round for extra protection too!
Step 3 - SPECIALTY TREATMENTS: This is the step that creates the greatest confusion. Just remember, whenever you are using a product to treat a specific skin condition like acne, rosacea, eczema, redness - well, you get the idea. It's vital to apply the product(s) that address these concerns to clean skin. After applying the product(s) as directed, allow them to dry and absorb into the skin for a few minutes before moving forward to the next step. A little side-note here, this is also the step where you would use a retinaldehyde serum, but only at night.
Step 4 - SERUMS: Serums are lightweight in texture and this is to enable their penetration deeper into the skin. Serums are packed with concentrated active ingredients. They do cost more but help deliver that one-two punch to address and target your specific concerns. Play around with your serums and pay attention to how your skin responds to determine how frequently you need to use the serums in your routine. For instance, maybe once a day instead of twice daily? Maybe using them on alternating days? What about using one in the morning and a different one at night? Not everyone needs a serum, but when your skin needs a little more support. A serum is a great tool to have in your beauty chest.
Step 5 - MOISTURIZE & PROTECT: Does your skin need a moisturizer? Maybe, maybe not. But your skin does need and you should use sunscreen every day. In this final step, if your skin needs a moisturizer just be aware that your skin's needs will change with the seasons. It's not unusual to have more than one sitting on your vanity at any point in time. Dietary changes, medications, and hormones will alter the demand your skin may need when using a moisturizer. You may have noticed that in winter your skin needs a thicker, heavier moisturizer. When spring arrives, you may notice that your skin needs a lighter moisturizer.
By following these suggestions you are sure to up your skincare routine. Whenever you have any questions just remember that I am here to support you and I will welcome your query.