In my teens, I’d just wash my face and slap on moisturizer. Done.
These days, my skincare routine is a little more complicated. There’s exfoliant, serum, moisturizer, sunscreen, sometimes even toner…
I used to apply them all quickly one after the other, until I read in a magazine that you need to wait 5 minutes after we’ve put on one product before we slather on the next. And, who has time for that?!
Besides, is it really necessary? I did some digging, and here’s what I found out:
Do I Really Need To Wait A While Before Applying The Next Skincare Product?
I’m afraid so. We already know that, to work their best, skincare products need to penetrate the skin. If you apply two products one after the other, chances are, the first one won’t be able to get in as well as it could.
The second one (which usually has a thicker texture that makes penetration harder) will get in the way of the first one. That’s not to say it’ll make it completely useless. But, for best results, it is indeed best to wait a little while.
Ok, So How Long Should I Wait Before I Apply The Next Skincare Product?
Good news is, you don’t need to wait 5 minutes. Phew!
As a rule, we need to wait until one product has been fully absorbed by the skin before applying the next.
That means, there really is no set amount of time to wait. It depends on the products you use and the amount you apply. The thicker the texture and the more you apply, the longer you have to wait.
When skin is dry again, that’s when you know you can go ahead and use the next product.
If your skin is still a little tacky, instead, the product hasn’t been fully absorbed, yet. If you use another product anyway, it may not be able to get past this layer of product still on your skin, and so won’t work as well.
By the way, if it takes more than one minute for any skincare product to fully sink in, it simply means you’ve used too much. Just apply less next time.
How long do you wait before applying the next skincare product?