There is no such thing as a single “correct” skin-care routine, but there’s definitely an optimal way to apply your products. When it comes to a gorgeous, glowing complexion, there are quite a few steps you can (and probably should) include in your regimen to curate the best skin care routine possible.
Cleanser – AM + PM
Cleansing is the first step of any good skincare routine. If you wear makeup, you need to double cleanse at night. First, remove your makeup with cleansing oil or micellar water. Try leaving dedicated eye-makeup removers on for a couple of minutes to allow the makeup to come off easily and avoid rubbing your eyes. Follow up with a full-face gentle cleanse.
Toner – AM + PM
Toners were created to help return the skin’s natural PH level after using face soaps. If you have acne-prone skin, look for a toner with ingredients like salicylic acid to calm breakouts. If you have dry or sensitive skin, look for a hydrating toner to soothe. Straight after cleansing, either tap directly onto the skin or onto a cotton pad and swipe over the face in an outward motion.
Serum – AM + PM
Serums are super-concentrated, nutrient-dense treatments that target specific skin issues, based on your skin type. Morning is a great time to use a serum with antioxidants—like a brightening vitamin C serum—because they protect your skin from free radicals you’ll encounter throughout the day. Nighttime is a good time to use a moisturizing serum with hyaluronic acid, which keeps your skin from drying out at night.
Eye Cream – AM + PM
The skin around your eyes tends to be thinner and more sensitive. It’s also prone to signs of aging, including fine lines, puffiness, and darkness. A good eye cream can brighten, smooth, and firm up the area, but it won’t completely eliminate issues. If you’re worried about eye cream causing your concealer or eye makeup to smear, choose a more lightweight option, like a hydrating gel that sinks in quickly and stays put. Simply dab a small amount onto the eye area using your ring finger.
Moisturizer – AM + PM
Skin naturally loses the ability to retain moisture as we age and daily activities, such as washing, can strip natural hydrators from the surface. Moisturizer both hydrates skin and locks in all the other layers of product you’ve applied. Look for a lightweight lotion for the morning, ideally with SPF 30 or higher. In the evening, you can use a thicker night cream. It’s best to use moisturizers with humectants like glycerin and hyaluronic acid, which pull in water.
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