Skincare 101: Proper Skincare Order

Posted by Gianna Alexandre on

We get it. Skincare can be complicated. Beauty products are an investment, yet, so many spend $$$ on quality products and still see no results. That could be because of an ineffective skincare order. There's a science to how products work, and with our exact order, you'll have glowing skin in no time. But, first: 

"What is a skincare order?"

Skincare routine, order, regimen, steps, layered skincare (whatever you choose to call it) is the way you should work your skincare products from start to finish, to maximize the effectiveness. Ideally, for a great skincare order, start with lighter, water based products then layer more heavier, oil based products to finish. 


Step 1: Cleanse

Cleansing is the bare minimum of the skincare process. 

Throughout the day, you build up sweat, dirt and pollutants from the environment on your face. For those who wear makeup, there are so many harsh chemicals and bacteria from brushes/sponges left on your face. All of this leads to acne, premature aging, clogged pores.. 

So please, for the sake of all things beauty and youthful... wash your face

Step 2: Tone 

A good toner is such an important and underrated part in the skincare process. There are so many toners on the market but three things you should always look for in a quality toner:

1) alcohol free
2) hydrating
3) PH balancing

Toners provide a deeper cleanse in the pore and helps rebalance your skins ph. Despite your skin type, you can never use too much toner, which is why we recommend it after most steps. 

Step 3: Exfoliate

Exfoliation is the process of removing dead skin and prevents dry, flaky, skin and clogged pores. There are physical exfoliators, like salt, sugar and coffee scrubs. There are chemical exfoliators, like glycolic, lactic and malic acid. Exfoliating helps to unclog pores, allowing other products to penetrate deeper and treat skin. Aside from that, evens out your skin tone and boosts circulation. It is recommended to exfoliate about 2-3 times a week. 

Step 4: Mask 

If you already mask, mask... if you don't mask, start! It's not necessary to use a face mask every day, but your skin will thank you when you do. There are clay masks, peel off masks, sheet masks, gel masks and more. They usually have a specific treatment that they target, but all can agree that masks leave your skin feeling tighter, clearer, and feeling softer.

Step 5: Tone

Step 6: Serum

Serums are water-based products that boost your skin with active ingredients like humectants (hydrating ingredients), nutrients, antioxidants, and are overall great for skin health. A trick to using a serum properly, is to apply a small amount and allow it to dry completely, if not, it might feel really sticky and create a residue on the skin. Be careful of serums with a vitamin c or retinol base in the daytime because it can cause irritation or sunburn. 

Step 7: Moisturize 

When you're ready to grab that jar of moisturizer, pat yourself on the back... you're one step closer to healthy skin. Moisturizers are about 60% - 90% water (for added benefits you want to find a product that uses cucumber water, aloe vera juice, rosewater etc) and the rest oil, so it great to hydrate and moisturize the skin. It helps trap in the healthy benefits of the mask, toner and serum you just applied, and really allow it to soak in deep into the skin. 

Step 8: Oil

It's no secret why facial oils are becoming more popular in skincare. . A quality oil serum blends oils that are compatible with our natural sebum, which actually neutralizes the skin

So if you have oily skin, an oil serum will help reduce excess oil production.

If you have dry skin, an oil serum will work to seal in moisture and keep the skin more hydrated.

On top of that most blends are anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial, so it is a win-win product for everyone. Technically, an oil is a moisturizer, but it has no water, so it is good to seal the deal of steps 1-8. Always apply oils last as a part of the routine. 

Step 9: SPF

Did you protect your skin today? Shame on you if not... You always want to apply some sort of SPF during a daytime routine, after an oil, because SPF protects your face from damanging sun rays, premature aging, and cancer risk. SPF stands for "Sun Protection Factor" and there are different levels to how they work. 

SPF 6 - Blocks 81% of UVB rays. This would be considered a sunblock. Shea Butter has natural SPF 6. 

SPF 15 - Blocks 93% of UVB rays. Recommended for those with more melanin. 

SPF 30- Blocks 97% of UVB rays. Recommended for those with fair skin, more prone to sunburn or those who plan on spending a day mostly in the sun. 



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