Skincare is personal. Everyone's skin is different and that is why your skincare routine should be customized for you. Applying your skincare in a specific order does matter and can help you maximize the benefits of your skincare products.
Generally, I recommend to layer skincare based on texture. Start with thinnest, most lightweight products and end with thicker ones. Here is my approach. For my favorite products visit: https://shopmyshelf.us/elizabethhoushmandhttps://shopmyshelf.us/elizabethhoushmand
STEP 1: Cleanser
The most important step is to start your skincare routine by cleansing away dirt and makeup from your face. If you don’t wash your face, the products you use are more likely to sit on top of your face rather than soak in which doesn’t benefit your skin and can lead to breakouts and clogged pores. I recommend using a cleanser in the morning and evening for your skin type. I personal like mild cleansers to calm, hydrate and protect the skin barrier.
STEP 2: Facial Serum
Thinner than creams, serums contain highly concentrated active ingredients that help in ta different skin concerns including: acne, fine lines, dryness, hyperpigmentation, lack of luminosity. Less is more use only one active ingredient at a time, my personal go to is Vitamin C. It helps with luminosity, discoloration, and overall skin health.
STEP 3: Moisturizer
No matter what your skin type moisturizer is important for your skin's specific needs. It is a myth that is you have acne prone skin you don’t need a moisturizer. Your skin needs hydration. For patients with combination or oily skin types look for lightweight options that are oil free and gel or water based. If you have dry skin, look for thicker creams that have been formulated with ceramides to help lock in moisture.
STEP 4: Eye Cream
To keep the delicate, thin skin surrounding the eye contour firm and hydrated, layer an eye cream over your moisturizer. Always use your 4th finger and tap gently around the eye.
STEP 5: SUNSCREEN
The final step in your skincare routine is also the most important. Sunscreen should be applied in the morning every day to protect your skin from the harmful effects of the sun’s UV rays. Right now, I love using tinted sunscreens. My preference is a physical blocker, broad spectrum (UVA/UVB), SPF 50 or above, and I apply a powdered sunscreen overtop and reapply during the day. This is everyday all year round and even if you are in doors working from home.