How to Layer Your Skin Care Products for the Best Results

We live in a time where maintaining (or achieving) gorgeous skin is as simple as figuring out the right skin care regimen. But what happens when you have all the right tools, and don’t know how to use them properly? For instance: what if you were recommended the best Dermalogica products for your skin type, but nobody told you in which order they should be applied? Long story short: you don’t get the optimal results. Today I want to talk about the best way to layer your favorite skin care products, in an effort to achieve your most beautiful skin!

Step 1: Cleanse – This seams so obvious, but you’d be surprised how many people skip this essential step. Don’t short cut your way through this by using a makeup wipe, or by assuming your face is still clean from last night’s cleansing. Take the time to cleanse your skin thoroughly; this will help to remove any dirt, oil, or leftover makeup on your skin and prepare your skin to properly absorb your other skin care products.

Step 2: Tone – Toning is yet another beauty regimen that often gets skipped, and it is easy to understand why. Most people think “acneic skin” when they think toner, but there are, in fact, many different types of toners for many different skin types. If you utilize a toner, be sure to apply it after cleansing and drying your face. A general rule of thumb to follow is: thinnest formulas first. This will ensure that everything in your skin care routine gets absorbed properly.

Step 3: Serum – If you’ve ever wondered whether to apply your serum or your moisturizer first, here is your answer! Serums are designed to absorb faster and deeper than most moisturizers, so you will definitely want to layer this product on first. If sensitive skin is a concern, or if you are looking for some simple soothing benefits, Dermalogica’s Ultra Calming Serum Concentrate is a fantastic option.

Step 4: Moisturizer – Everybody could use a moisturizer. Yes, even oily skin types! Following your serum apply a moisturizer that is suited to your skin type. This will help lock in the benefits of your serum, while deliver critical hydration to your skin. Properly hydrated skin looks younger, longer, so be sure to indulge in a good moisturizer, and be sure to apply it daily. Many people also opt for a skin oil in place of a moisturizer, depending on their preferences and needs.

Step 5: SPF Protection – Last but certainly not least, be sure to apply your SPF protection. Many people tend to skip this step because it makes their skin feel heavy or greasy, however, there are many steps you can take to avoid this! First, allow your moisturizer to dry completely before applying your sunscreen product.

If time is of the essence in the AM (which is typically is) there are many other options to investigate. Tinted sunscreens are a great way to get protection and coverage in one – meaning you can avoid the extra step of layering your foundation over your sunscreen. There are also many different types of SPF formulations no a days, such as SPF powder brushes and SPF-infused makeup setting sprays, that make sunscreen a quick, easy, and beautiful breeze. Be sure to reapply your sunscreen every 2 hours or more as needed!

What are your favorite products to use, and what is your favorite order in which to apply them?

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