Gone are the days of a simple skin care routine consisting of just a couple of steps. Nowadays, besides having a cleanser and moisturiser, your skin care stash is likely also well-stocked with eye creams, toners, essences, elixirs, serums, and maybe even more!
With so many products in the mix, it can be difficult to know what order to apply your products in. And, applying skin care products in the correct order is actually very important – it ensures the products can work to their full efficacy and deliver all the benefits to your skin. Plus, it means your hard-earned cash (serums don’t come cheap!) doesn’t go to waste.
Board-certified dermatologist to the stars, Dr Harold Lancer, has a celeb clientele boasting the likes of Kim Kardashian, Victoria Beckham and Jenna Dewan – and yes – he’s the man behind that revolutionary skin care brand.
Now, Dr Lancer is dishing out his best tips to demystify the skin care layering process once and for all.
Layering Your Morning Skin Care Products
“My general recommendation is to apply your thinnest products first – any serums or liquid treatments,” Dr Lancer told Glamour UK, before explaining this is so the thinner products may be absorbed into the skin before any heavier products are applied.
Once you’ve applied your serums and liquid treatments, follow with any cream treatments you might be using before finishing with a moisturiser and of course, sunscreen.
Layering Your Evening Skin Care Products
According to Dr Lancer, your evening skin care regimen should follow the same steps as your morning routine with perhaps the addition of an extra-rich night cream on top of your usual moisturiser – if your skin is in need of some extra hydration.
The evening is also the best time to use your powerful anti-ageing treatments like retinol and glycolic acid as these products give your skin increased sun-sensitivity.
Adapting Your Skin Care Regimen To Suit Each Day
As the seasons change, so do the needs of our skin and it’s crucial to tailor your skin care regimen to suit the climate you’re in, the current weather, and how your skin is feeling on that particular day.
“On more humid days you may want to cut back on the daytime application numbers because there’s potential for some skin congestion,” Dr Lancer explained to Glamour UK. In other words, if you’re finding your SPF product is already hydrating enough on its own, you may want to cut out the moisturiser to ensure you don’t overload your skin. Similarly, if you’re finding multiple serums are too heavy on humid days, reduce the number you’re applying.
Following that same line of thought, if you find your skin becomes overly sensitive after using treatment ingredients like retinol or glycolic acid too often, you may want to consider limiting the use of these products to ‘every other day’ – rather than every night.