We spend a lot of money on skincare products – and there are plenty of those to spend money on. From anti-aging serums to acne medications, many of us apply various lotions, creams and medications to our skin. Have you ever wondered if the sequence in which we apply skin care products influence how well the products work? Dermatologists say yes.
If you use medications or treatment for certain skin conditions, you should apply medications or treatments directly after washing your face. The practice ensures that the medications or treatments are properly absorbed by the skin.
To maximize the effectiveness of skin care products, the dermatologists recommend the following skincare regime:
- Wash your face. At night before bedtime, you should wash your face thoroughly with a good facial cleaner that fits your skin condition. Message your face in small upstroke round circles. Then rinse off the cleaner with warm water. Unless you have exceptional oily or acne-prone skin, you might want to consider skipping facial cleaner and using warm water rinse only in the morning. Always end your cleaning session with a splash of cold water. Pat dry.
- Apply a skin toner. Soak a cotton pad with a toner and wipe your face gently using upward stroke. Toner helps to remove residue cleaner. Humectants in toner helps to keep skin moisturized, which is essential for maintaining skin’s absorption ability.
- Apply medication or treatment. Applying medication or other treatment on your skin right after proper cleansing ensures proper absorption of the medication.
- Apply moisturizer and/or sunscreen. Don’t try to spread the moisturizer or sunscreen with your fingers. Dot the moisturizer at multiple spots on your face and pat around your face to spread the moisturizer even over the face.
- Apply makeup, if desired.
Dermatologists further suggest that using several products at the same time for skincare may not only negate the benefits of each product but also irritate the skin. For example, using too many products may cause redness, stinging and dryness of the skin, especially if an anti-aging product is included. The signs of aging may then be more noticeable.
Here is my suggestion. Treating skincare the same way you would treat a health condition. If you have high blood pressure, you won’t keep switching around your medications, right? Same with the skincare, any active ingredient that you apply to your skin, you need the right concentration and enough time for the ingredient to take effect. So, stick with a few proven ingredients for a period of time, I promise you—you would see the desired effect.
Thanks for reading!
Journal Reference: Academy of Dermatology (AAD) “Get the most from your skin care products: Sequence in which you apply skin care products influences their effectiveness.” ScienceDaily, 19 June 2012.
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