Why is a Skin Care Routine Important?
Your skin is one of the largest organs your body has, and it works hard every day to protect our bodies from harmful elements. Taking care of your skin and developing a skin care routine is important, because it can help this organ do its job better and longer.
A proper skin care routine helps to keep our outermost surface layer of skin intact. This layer maintains skin’s overall hydration and serves as our primary defence against the environment, so keeping it strong and healthy is critical.
Harsh toners, for example, can damage the outer layer by stripping essential lipids and moisture. Using a proper skin care regimen daily can help preserve this important protective layer.
In what order should I apply my skin care products and does it matter?
YES, sequence matters, here’s why:
Applying your skin care products in the proper order ensures that your skin receives the full benefits of each product.
The order of application is incredibly important.
The skin’s job is to keep things out, but many of the skin care products we use have ingredients we want to get in. Only a very small amount of these key ingredients can penetrate the skin, even when perfectly formulated and perfectly applied.
If you don’t apply products in the correct order, you will not see the best results from your skin care regimen.
How to layer your skin care products: A step-by-step guide
So which product goes on top of what, you ask?
An easy rule of thumb to follow is to apply your products with the thinnest consistency to thickest, or from liquid to oil.
In general, think thin-to-thick, but you also want to first use the products that will benefit your main skin concern, for example pigmentation and ageing, with the ingredients that are most important to penetrate into the skin (like serums and treatment products) and finish with the products that need to sit on top of the skin (like moisturisers and sun protection).
The morning routine is all about moisturising and protecting the skin against the elements.
As your skin naturally repairs itself at night, your night time routine should be all about treatment and giving your skin the nourishment that it needs.