Skincare can be confusing. From the toners, the serums, the a.m. moisturiser, the p.m. moisturiser etc ….your skincare regime can quickly turn into a nightmare!
Order Matters, Here’s Why
You might have the most amazing skincare products in the world, however if you’re applying them in the wrong order, you will NOT be getting the full benefits. In fact not only will incorrect application diminish the overall effectiveness of your routine, it can leave your skin dehydrated, irritated or with break-outs!
Studies have found that matching a good skin care regimen with a healthy lifestyle is the best way to slow the signs of aging.
So which order should product be applied? An easy rule of thumb is to cleanse and then simply apply products with the thinnest consistency to the thickest.
This generally insures that:-
1) The products with the most important ingredients penetrate into the skin efficiently (eg antioxidants & active ingredients in serums).
2) You will finish with the products that help lock everything in.
Step 1: Makeup Remover
If you wear makeup or sunscreen during the day, then a double cleanse in the evening is a must (you can skip this step in the mornings). SO either use makeup wipes, micellar water OR another gentle makeup-removing cleanser.
Step 2: Cleanser (or exfoliation)
Once your makeup is off, it’s time to actually clean your skin. You can start here in the mornings. In the evenings, this step will also ensure that you haven’t left any makeup remover residue on your skin (where it could lead to irritations or breakouts).
Starting the day with a gentle cleanser (or cleansing mask) will ensure the serums and moisturisers (that are layered on afterwards) will penetrate properly. It will also allow for a smoother make-up application (during the day).
An exfoliation product may replace a cleanser in this step once or twice per week.
Step 3: A Modern Day Toner
Back in the day, toners were harsh alcohol-based liquids that often irritated the skin. However today’s toners are filled with gentle ingredients to help clear pores and add nutrients to the skin.
Step 4: Serums
Remembering THINK to THICK!
Serums are usually super-concentrated and nutrient-dense, to address specific concerns (such as general aging, pigmentation or dehydration). SO it’s important that the skins pores efficiently absorb serums first.
See here for a good example of a hydrating day serum. OR here for more information on Retinol serum (for night).
Step 5: Lock it in!
A Moisturiser cream ‘locks in’ all of the active ingredients and hydration that you’ve just applied. Preferably use a am cream in the morning and a pm cream at night.
The best time to apply a moisturiser is while the skin is still slightly damp, so theres no need to wait until your serum is completely dry before applying a moisturising cream.
Step 6: Optional add-ons
Eye cream , foundation, additional sun cream
Fortunately Rodan + Fields has made all of the above super easy
Rodan + Fields skincare products are based on a ‘multi-med therapy’ philosophy. This means using the right ingredients, in the right formulations, in the right order. To see real changes in our skin, it is vital to use high quality ingredients in safe and effective amounts and formulations.
Rodan + Fields takes safety and efficacy very seriously. In order to achieve desired results (without adverse effects), each formulation has undergone months of rigorous clinical testing and has a clinical grade 99.9% purity. Did you know that other ‘cosmetic grade’ products are only approximately 70% pure (with no audits) and often contain bacteria.
With Rodan + Fields Multi-Med Therapy, great skin and the confidence and self-esteem that come with it, are within your reach. To find out which product line is best for you please visit the Solution Tool …..& Write Your Own Prescription for Change.