Your method of using skin care products is completely wrong

Experts tell you how to use layered skin care correctly. The promise of youthful-looking skin well into old age is enough to get me into a skincare routine ASAP. I was convinced that sunscreen was all I needed to achieve a golden, baby-smooth, clear complexion.

I'm not wrong - sunscreen is a godsend for fighting aging, preventing and reducing dark spots, and providing sun protection. But since my skincare journey has always been filled with dark spots and textured spots

I've learned that it's the big guns that really make the difference—targeting serums, gentle cleansers, hydrating moisturizers.

Creating an effective skin care routine isn't as easy as it seems. Luckily, I visited an esthetician and a dermatologist and found the best products for all my skin care concerns.

My most humbling realization during this journey is that the order in which you use products, regardless of brand, price, or ingredients, affects the effectiveness of your daily routine.

So before you reach for your luxurious moisturizer or add a new bakuchiol serum to your routine, let's get back to the basics.

If a skin specialist isn't in your budget, we have Dr. Lien Mack and Dr. Bertha Baum Consulting has compiled this comprehensive guide to the correct application of your morning and night skincare routines—yes, there really is a difference.

Morning: When considering your skin care formula, it's best to apply products from the thinnest to the thickest formula. The most important thing to remember when using an AM skin care routine is sunlight.

"When you think about your skin care routine, it's very simple. During the day you want to protect your skin. At night you want to repair it explains," Dr. Lian Mack, board-certified dermatologist at GlamDerm in New York.

Cleaning supplies: By clearing your skin of dirt, oil, and debris, you create the perfect foundation for all subsequent products to penetrate your skin and work their magic. This is the step that sets the tone for your entire daily routine.

Pay close attention to your skin – do you tend to be dry, or do you find yourself rubbing oil off throughout the day? Knowing your skin type helps will you decide which cleanser is right for you.

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If you have sensitive skin, Dr. Bertha Baum, a board-certified dermatologist in Florida, recommends using a mild cleanser. Baum adds that people with oily skin may benefit from a foaming cleanser. But never forget the sun!

Since you'll likely be exposed to UV rays throughout the day, Mack recommends using a cleanser that doesn't contain active ingredients, "because you don't want to increase your risk of photosensitivity," she says. Toner Toner is an optional step in your skin care routine. Mike says that depending on the sensitivity of your skin, you may be able to skip the toner.

Ultimately, toners serve different purposes, but are all great for hydrating the next step in your routine. serum A fun way to shop for serums for your morning routine is to remember which ingredients are typically associated with glowing skin, are rich in antioxidants, and are gentle enough for daytime use. If your first thought is vitamin C, you're already on the right track.

"During the day, you should pair it with antioxidants like vitamins C and E. In addition to antioxidants, you can also include other ingredients in the regimen because serums have smaller molecules, which allows them to penetrate the skin better," she explains.

After applying a serum, Mike recommends "adding hyaluronic acid molecules to help draw moisture into the skin." eye cream The skin around our eyes is very sensitive and thin. Eye cream can help slow down signs of aging like fine lines and wrinkles.

Mike recommends looking for products that contain "peptides that help firm, strengthen or tighten the skin." Since eye cream isn't as thick as a moisturizer, it's perfectly fine to apply it before your moisturizer, but you can't go wrong if you apply it after your moisturizer.

Moisturizing After cleansing and caring for your skin, the next step is to seal it with a quality moisturizer. Moisturizer not only keeps your skin hydrated, but it also works alongside the serums you're already using.

The thicker formula is great for soothing dry skin. "Some people don't need a thicker moisturizer because they tend to have oily skin," says Mack. If you have oily skin, you should look for light formulas that contain hyaluronic acid. sun protection "Two cornerstones of a morning routine are vitamin C and SPF 30 or higher," adds Mack.

No daily care routine is complete without sunscreen to protect your skin from harmful UV rays. However, the type of sunscreen you use should fit your lifestyle. In Mike's practice, she often recommends mineral sunscreens to her patients. "I prefer mineral sunscreens because there are so many options for people of color.

For many people, the difficulty in finding a sunscreen is finding one that blends well with darker skin tones," she explains.

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