There are all sorts of different skincare products out there on shop shelves these days, so many in fact that it can be difficult to decide which ones are best for you and your skin type – although your London dermatologist can certainly help advise you as to what ingredients to look out for and what your skin will respond to best.
Once you’ve gone out and done your shopping, and have whisked all your new products back home to take pride of place in the bathroom cabinet, you can have fun trying them out and seeing what effect they have on your face, hands and body.
But did you know that there’s an optimum way to apply your products, especially on your face? There’s no hugely right or wrong way to go about it and whatever you put on your skin will be absorbed no matter what order you use your products in, but you could find that they’re more effective when used in a certain manner.
A good rule of thumb to adhere to is to make sure you apply your thinnest products first, finishing with the thickest, so serums and oils are applied early on in your skincare regime and your day and night creams should be used towards the end.
When you wake up in the morning, make sure you use a gentle cleanser to get rid of any excess oils that may have built up over night and to ensure that you’ve removed any traces of makeup that you may have missed in your nighttime cleanse.
For people with combination skin, one of the most important aspects of any skincare regime is toner so if you are both oily and dry, make sure you don’t miss this step out. Toner helps to rebalance the pH levels in your skin and will close your pores, getting your skin ready for serums and moisturiser.
Once you’re all toned up, you can start to apply your serums. Only use a tiny bit, about the size of a grain of rice… you don’t want to over-apply as this can clog your skin and the added benefit is that your products will last you for longer.
Follow this up with a touch of eye cream. Bear in mind that the skin around your eyes is thinner and more delicate, so find a product that will help fight the signs of ageing, with ingredients such as hyaluronic acid, a substance that’s naturally produced by the body, with its main function being to retain water and keep your skin nice and hydrated.
After you’ve used your serum, you can then use any facial oils you have, followed up by your day cream or moisturiser. If your creams don’t have SPF included, you’d be wise to apply something that can protect your skin from the sun as well. This should be the last step in your daily skincare regime.