The order that you apply your skincare products, as well as the time of day, can influence the benefit you get from your regimen. For example – sunscreen applied to the face first under items like serums and moisturizers can decrease the effectiveness of the SPF.
Follow this simple routine in the morning and at night for beautiful, healthy skin:
A general rule of thumb is to apply any serums you may use first on clean skin. Typically serums such as growth factors and Vitamin C are thin and provide the most benefit to the skin. Apply these products first to penetrate and not be diluted.
Next, apply moisturizer. If your skin is exceptionally dry, a hyaluronic acid product applied under the moisturizer will increase the efficacy of the moisturizer.
Lastly, apply a good broad spectrum SPF of at least 30 before any makeup powder or foundation. If you want to skip a step, a combination moisturizer/sunscreen is a good option as long as the SPF is 30 and broad spectrum – meaning it protects against both UVA and UVB rays. Beware of the SPF 15 moisturizer that is not broad spectrum – as it is not adequate for daily protection.
Before bed and after cleansing, apply a growth factor or similar product if you use it twice a day.
Next, apply a retinol product or an Alpha-hydroxy Acid (AHA) product, topping with a moisturizer if your skin tends to be dry.
- If your skin is showing signs of increased dryness from the use of retinols, applying the moisturizer before the retinol will help alleviate some of the dryness.
- If you like to use both retinol and AHA/BHA (beta-hydroxy acid) products, it is best to alternate days rather than layering these products – using the retinol about 4 days per week and the AHA/BHA the other 3 days.
This simple 2-3 step regimen should be quick and easy in the a.m. and p.m., giving your skin great benefits without taking up lots of your time!
For more information on the best skincare regimen for you, schedule a complimentary consultation with the nurse at Enhanced Skin Care Center. Please contact us at www.enhancedskincare.net
Enhanced Skin Care Center is located at:
24825 Eureka Rd. in Taylor, MI 48180