get asked this question frequently.
Is there a right way to apply skin care?
No one wants a complicated morning regime and the reality is that there really is no wrong way to apply your skin care products but there is a better way to apply your skin care so that you get a better result.
The skin is made up of several layers, put simply, there is a water based layer and an oil based layer. You may already know that oil and water dont mix. This means that ideally you need to be a little bit careful about how you apply your skin care products to ensure you can ensure that you get the best results possible.
The key to this is knowing which of your skin care products are water based or oil based. Most moisturisers are oil based as most creams are made with oils, and most serums are water based, although there are exceptions. Possible exception are some face oils. These face oils can be very fast absorbing. These face oils are often applied not to moisturise, but to seal in the moisture in the skin.
So what is the best and the most effective way to apply your skin care daily? The answer is, water based products first and then oil base products last. It is helpful to know if the product you are about to apply is water based or oil based. The best way to ascertain this is to move a drop between your finger and thumb. If it slides easily then it is probably oil based. If you are using this method then make sure you give the product time to lightly absorb because even a water based product will provide friction if there is enough of it on the surface of the skin. Once you have established what is the main ingredient of your products (water or oil) you are then in the position to apply them to your skin in the correct order.
Apply your water based (very likely a serum like Vitamin C) first, wait a few seconds for it to absorb and then apply your moisturiser. If you are using a sealing face oil, you then apply it over your moisturiser. Give your facial oil a few seconds to absorb and then apply your sun protection and makeup. I know it sounds a bit complicated but it really isnt and if you follow these steps then your skin will really benefit from the fact that some of the product will get absorbed and will make a difference.
One other small tip: if you are using a product with hyalouronic acid in it, if you have time, fill the hand basin with a few centimeters of hot water and place a towel over your head and hover your face over the steam. You only have to hold it there for 30 seconds or so but the hyalouronic acid will absorb 1000 times it weight in water and will leave your skin looking plumped and moist all day. And if you are using a sealing face oil you can then apply the oil to seal the moisture in. Your skin will look youthful and dewy all day.