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If you are serious about your skincare, you read ingredient lists, pour over product reviews and seek out only the best products for your skin. You do all of this work to see radiant, healthy skin and you’re understandably disappointed when the results are far less than what you expected. To make the most of your skincare products, the application timing and technique is just as important as the products themselves. Learn how to get the most out of your skincare products with the three important tips below.
Layer Products Properly
You spend a great deal of time researching products, reading ingredient lists and finding just the right formulas for your skin and you expect to see the results of all this work. In order to see maximum results from your skincare products, you need to be sure that you are applying each product in the proper order. For instance, you may think that oil should go on your skin prior to moisturizer because it is thinner, but this will only result in wasting your moisturizer. Oil can penetrate your moisturizer, but your moisturizer is unable to penetrate oil, meaning the product never really reaches your skin. A general idea of how to layer correctly is:
- Targeted products (vitamin C, retinol products)
- Serums/Eye cream
Apply Products the Right Way
Just as using products in the right order is important, so is making sure you are applying products using the proper technique. The first rule is to always use a gentle touch. Too much pressure, tugging or pulling can result in skin damage, so always be sure to use as light a touch as possible. Products around your eye, like your eye cream, should be applied using a tapping motion with your ring finger and when you apply anti-aging treatments or serums, apply in an upward circular motion to help lift your skin. To really pamper your skin, give yourself a facial massage a few times a week as you apply oils to your face. Again, use an upward circular motion as you massage your face to relax your muscles and decrease the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
The most expensive creams and anti-aging serums won’t be effective, no matter how painstakingly careful you are in the application and layering process, if they cannot penetrate your skin and if you aren’t exfoliating, it’s possible that your products aren’t able to work properly. When you exfoliate your skin, you remove built up dead skin cells, dirt and debris that sits on the surface of your skin and you also stimulate healthy cell production and turnover to reveal younger, healthier skin. Your skin naturally does this in a period of about 30 days, but you should give it some help two to three times a week. Avoid harsh scrubs as these can do more damage to your skin and instead opt for chemical exfoliants like alpha or beta-hydroxy acids.
Quality skincare ingredients and products can be a significant investment and if you want to see a significant return on investment, it’s important to know how to properly use your skincare products. By applying products in the correct order and with the right technique, you can expect to see impressive results in the form of young, healthy and radiant skin.