We all know how important it is to use the right products to keep your skin clear, healthy and younger-looking. But what skin care professionals know is that it's just as important to use products in the right order, to ensure your skin receives the best penetration of key ingredients. The correct "layering" of products can make all the difference between skin that's hydrated, smooth and protected, and skin that's dull, lifeless and aging before its time.
Here's your essential order of what products to use, and when to use them:
Cleansing removes dirt, oils and dead cells that can clog pores. It's an important first step (especially at night – never go to bed without cleansing your skin!)
Next, generously spritz with a toner help rehydrate and rebalance skin, and boost moisture. This saturation will also help skin to absorb key ingredients in the products you'll apply next.
3. Skin Serums & Treatment Creams
Now you have a clean, well-prepped face. The order of products you apply from this point forward is important. The one you apply first will penetrate the most – so choose and apply the products that target your biggest concerns (like age-fighting vc10 Daily Glow or acne-fighting Breakout Control).
Have more than one concern you want to target? Apply one product during the day, then switch to the other at night so you can get the greatest penetration of ingredients from each.
4. Moisturize/Broad Spectrum Sunscreen
Exfoliate(1-3 x a week) after cleansing/toning
Proper exfoliation will rid skin of dead surface cells. Without it, a build up of cells can act as a barrier – preventing beneficial from getting in, leading to congestion and dullness.
Mask (as needed)
Follow exfoliation with a 10-minute Mask designed for your skin type or needs. It will deliver a surge of beneficial ingredients to just-exfoliated skin.
Nighttime Anti-Aging, Smoothing + Brightening
Swap your SPF with a nighttime anti-aging creme formulated with retinol (always use retinols at night, as the sun makes them weaker and less effective in the day), AHA product (like Quick Refiner or Quick Refiner for Eyes), or targeted brightening product (like LightPlex MegaWatt Skin Brightener).
Do you have any questions about what products you use or when you should use them? Let us know in the comments.