Last updated: 1.35pm, Monday 15th February 2016
So you have taken heed of the advice to incorporate Antioxidants, such as Vitamin C, exfoliants, moisturisers and sunblock into your daily skincare regime. Great job and we applaud you! Questions start popping up: “Do I need to use everything day and night?”; “What goes on first?”; “Is it safe to use these ingredients together?” We are here to clarify how to apply skincare in the right order, so that your good intentions reap the most benefits and keep your skin supple.
Let’s start off by saying that not everyone needs a complicated skincare routine. Younger people that do not suffer from breakouts or discoloration can probably get away with the basics of cleanse, tone, hydrate (of course, keeping sun protection in mind). People that have crossed the big “3-0” barrier and have wrinkles knocking on their door might want to up the game. They will need to step up their antioxidant protection and speed up the natural skin turnover processes, as well as invest into a more nourishing night time routine. So no, you do not necessarily need a double-digit skincare regime to begin with.
The next tip is obvious but we will throw it in for good measure anyway. Night creams do not require SPF protection but should instead contain Antioxidants and repairing agents to handle the damage done to your skin during the day. They are also typically thicker in consistency, since you do not need to worry about slipping makeup and unwanted T-zone shine, while asleep.
With this out of the way, let’s begin.
The first thing to remember is that thoroughly cleansing your skin does more than just prevent breakouts. It ensures all the benefits of your leave-on skincare are better absorbed afterwards.
STEP1 (optional): Separate makeup remover, if you do sport heavy coverage.
STEP 2: Follow up with a cleanser
STEP 3: Do polish off with a toner.
Afterwards, the rule of thumb is to apply products in order of ascending thickness, i.e. fluids first, followed by serums/oils, followed by creams. For example, your daytime routine would include an antioxidant serum (STEP 1), followed by a nourishing oil or oil-controlling serum (STEP 2), depending on your skin type. Next would come a light-textured moisturizer (STEP 3), with an extra thick SPF (STEP 4); or a daytime moisturizer with a built-in sun protection factor, like the Purelogicol super antioxidant Moisturiser SPF 15.
Similarly, during the night, you would follow up your cleansing and toning with a liquid add-on, such as an AHA or BHA exfoliants (STEP 1). You would then continue to apply a thicker, nourishing and hydrating cream (STEP 2) and, quite possibly, a thicker formulation for your neck (STEP 3).
AHA and BHA exfoliants can come in cream formulations, too, at times. The choice of AHA vs BHA is subject to your skin type. AHA’s are safe to use for dry skins, whereas BHA are typically prescribed for those battling typical signs of oily skin: blocked pores, breakouts, etc.
And this sums up the right order and procedure to apply your very own tailor-made antiaging skincare routine.