Skincare Routine, What’s the Right Order?

With all the products we as women have available to us and each one serving it’s own purpose, it can be a bit overwhelming.  I personally have five to eight steps in my skincare routine alone depending on day, or night and this doesn’t even include any makeup, self tanner, masks, or exfoliating.  The order in which your products are applied can actually make a difference in how they interact with each other as well as your skin.  So today, I’m taking you through the correct skincare routine order to make the most out of your products and ensure their use is helping, not hindering your skin!  I will also be sharing my personal routine and what products I’ve been using, so this doubles as an updated skincare routine for me, which I did last year.

Morning

Skincare Routine Order

Face Wash

Skincare Routine Order

Washing your face should be the first step in your morning routine.  This clears your face for a fresh palette to apply your skincare routine and makeup if you choose, by removing any sweat and left over product from the night before.  I workout in the morning, so I usually just rinse my face with water first thing and  wash my face in the shower post workout, so I’m not drying out my skin by washing it twice in the morning.  Definitely wash your face after you workout to remove any sweat and bacteria, they are a nightmare for clear skin.

I am currently using the Glamglow Powercleanse Daily Dual Cleanser, it consists of an oil and a clay, which are separated in their own cells within the jar.  You then dispense three, or four pumps of oil and three or four pumps of clay, massage these together on a dry face, slowly adding water, while the two form a cleanser.  I love this because it has the moisturizing effects from the oil, combined with the detoxifying effects of the clay.

I also love the Glamglow Supercleanse Daily Clearing Cleanser

Toner

Skincare Routine Order

Toner helps to calm the skin, contracts pores and helps with moisturizing.

I am currently using the Lush Eau Roma Water, which contains rose and lavender water, and it is such a refreshing spritz after washing your face.

I also love the La Roche-Posay Soothing Lotion Sensitive Skin which I apply with a Sephora Soft touch Cotton pad, or can be pressed into the skin & the La Roche-Posay Serozinc which is an aerosol

Serum

Skincare Routine Order

I didn’t realize I needed a serum until I went for a facial.  I had always thought I had dry skin (which I do) and so I needed to moisturize.  I had just succumbed to the fact that my skin would be dry regardless of how much I moisturize and in the winters, that flakey, uncomfortably dry skin was simply something I had to live with thanks to my genetic makeup.  I ended up going for a facial in February, one of my biggest concerns being blackheads.  The aesthetician informed me that more than having dry skin, I actually had dehydrated skin.  Dry skin means the skin lacks oil, while dehydrated skin lacks water.  A serum, applied before the moisturizer helps to lock in that moisture and prevent the skin from becoming dehydrated.  When the skin is dehydrated it actually, thanks to homeostasis, tries to overcompensate for this by producing more oil, leading to the clogged pores I was dealing with.  By adding a serum to your routine you can lock the moisture into your skin and while doing so actually end up with less oily skin.

I am currently using  The Ordinary Marine Hyaluronics

I also love the La Roche-Posay Hydraphase Intense SerumThe Ordinary Ascorbyl Tetraisopalmitate Solution 20% in Vitamin F

Eye Cream/Balm

Empress Elisabeth of Austria's Beauty Regime

Here you could apply an eye cream, or eye balm.

I use the Kate Somerville Goat Milk De-Puffing Eye Balm

Moisturizer

Empress Elisabeth of Austria's Beauty Regime

The final step in your skincare routine should be a moisturizer before starting makeup, if you so choose.

I use the Lush Celestial Moisturizer

Night

Skincare Routine Order

Most of these will be the same as for morning, so I have just included the order, all the products will be the same as in my morning routine!

Makeup Remover

Skincare Routine Order

Please always take your makeup off before bed.  If there is one step you do, out of all of these, let it be removing your makeup!  I honestly don’t know how some girls sleep with makeup on, I would be so preoccupied with the feeling of my makeup and everything in my skin from being outside in the city during the day, I honestly don’t think I could get any rest.

Sephora Waterproof eye makeup remover Cornflower extract with the Sephora Soft touch Cotton pads

Face Wash

If I’m removing makeup I will typically wash my face once, then remove eye makeup, followed by a second wash.  I just feel I need two washes to fully get off all my makeup.  If I haven’t work makeup that day, one wash will suffice.

Toner

Serum

Acids & Oils

Skincare Routine Order

This is where things get a little creative.  Whereas the rest of my routine is pretty consistent, using acids and night oils depends on what my skin really needs on that given day.

The Ordinary Lactic Acid 10% + HA helps with uneven skin tone, textural irregularities and fine lines

The Ordinary Granactive Retinoid 2% in Squalane helps with textural irregularities and signs of aging

Sunday Riley U.F.O.  This is a clearing oil, so I will use this to calm blemishes if I’m going through a breakout.

The Ordinary Salicylic Acid 2% Solution I purchased this as a dupe for the Sunday Riley U.F.O., which I have an upcoming review for, stay tuned!

Eye Cream/Balm

Moisturizer

Other

This section includes other parts of my skincare routine which are not something I do every, single day, but are still important and part of my weekly routine.

Exfoliate

Skincare Routine Order

You should exfoliate once a week (according to my facialist).  This helps to rejuvenate the skin, but doing it too often can over abrade your skin and lead to breakouts and damage.  I do this in the evening and will usually use the exfoliate as my second face wash after I have removed my makeup.

I use the La Roche-Posay Ultrafine Scrub Sensitive Skin

Face Mask

Skincare Routine Order

This is another step, which I will do once a week and at night, after I have washed my face and removed my makeup, but before any other steps in my routine.  I will usually try to space out exfoliating and my mask around half way through the week.  So if for example I do a face mask on Sunday night, I will wait until Wednesday, or Thursday to exfoliate.  I love doing masks, I will usually put on a face mask and make a cup of tea and watch tv, or youtube for about 15 minutes while the mask works its magic.

I use either the Origins Clear Improvements, which I will use if I’m experiencing a breakout, I swear charcoal masks clear my skin right up!  I use my Lush Mask of Magnaminty if I’m looking to refresh and moisturize my skin.

Sunscreen

Skincare Routine Order

SPF is super important if you are using a retinoid (ie. The Ordinary Granactive Retinoid 2% in Squalane).  The retinoid actually won’t work if you’re not applying SPF the next morning, they also make your skin sensitive to UV rays and you could end up doing more damage than good if you’re not protecting your skin.  So I will apply my sunscreen at the very end of my skincare routine, after my moisturizer in the morning.

I use the La Roche-Posay Anthelios XL, I love this formula because it’s designed (like many of La Roche-Posay’s products) for sensitive skin, which I need, but also, it means you can use it on both your face and body, making it great for travel, or throwing in your purse during the summer!

I hope this post helps to clear up any questions you had re skincare routine!

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