Once upon a time, when I was young and naive and didn’t have a clue what I was doing, I thought I could just pour a bit of product on my hand and rub it on my skin for it to work its magic.
Turns out, things aren’t that easy. If we want a product to REALLY work (and why would we buy it, otherwise?), we also need to make sure it can penetrate the skin as it should.
So, how do you do that? Here are some tips to help you use your skincare products correctly and enhance their effectiveness:
1. Cleanse Your Skin
This should be a given, but who of us has never applied moisturizer over makeup because we were way too tired to take it off? Come on, we all did it at least once.
And, we shouldn’t have bothered. All that makeup creates a barrier on the skin that prevents your skincare products from penetrating the skin properly (dirt will do the same, by the way).
So, always, always, always, cleanse skin before you put on any skincare products. There’s just no point using them otherwise.
2. Apply Products To Moist Skin
Washed your face? Great. Now, don’t dry it completely. Make sure it’s at least a little damp. The extra water will help your skincare ducts proget deeper into the skin. This is why Korean skincare works so well. Each product provides a layer of hydration that helps the next one better penetrate into the skin.
Makeup and dirt aren’t the only two things that create a barrier on the skin. Dead skin cells do too, when they accumulate too much. That’s why you need to get rid of them. The best way to do it?
- If you have oily skin, salicylic acid.
- If you have dry skin, glycolic acid.
- If you have sensitive skin, lactic acid.
Just, don’t do it too often! A little exfoliation helps enhance the penetration of your skincare products. Too much, it’ll irritate your skin real bad. Two or three times a week is usually enough for most people (I use glycolic acid 3 times a week, in case you were wondering).
4. Follow the right order
Yes, there is a proper order to apply skincare products. As a rule, products with the thinnest consistency, like toners and serums, go first, and those with a heavier consistency, like moisturizers, go last.
That’s because a thick consistency can create a barrier that would be impossible for a lightweight, runny formula to get through, preventing it from working its best.
Are you applying your skincare products correctly?