Does skincare application order matter?

Often times when you leave a cosmetic medical office with three, four or even five new skincare products it can be a little overwhelming. Patients always want to know which order to apply their new products to help maximize their skincare benefits.

Common skincare myths you’ve probably heard are, “always apply lighter, thinner products first” or “know the pH of the products you’re using and apply accordingly”.

Although there is some truth behind these common misconceptions, the absorption of the products is actually what matters most. When you think about absorption, think about oil and water. Oil and water do not mix, meaning water cannot get through oil. If you are applying a water-based product, such as hyaluronic acid (HA), on top of an oil-based product, the HA is not going to be able to absorb into the skin properly.

Cleanser (AM and PM): This step should always be first. You want to make sure that you are removing all of you makeup and have clean, oil and grime-free skin.

Toner (AM and/or PM): Toners today have gentle, hydrating ingredients to help with either dry or acne prone skin.

Serums (AM and/or PM): Serums are known as concentrated vitamins, hydrators and antioxidants for your skin. Serums protect your skin against free radicals.

Eye Cream (AM and/or PM): Eye cream should gently be put on with you ring fingers because they are the softest. Your under-eye skin is very delicate, so try to be gentle.

Moisturizer (AM and PM): Moisturizers are usually pretty simple. Be sure to get one that applies to your skincare needs and focuses on your skin type.

Sunscreen: Sunscreen should always be applied before you start your makeup routine. We recommend making it a habit to apply sunscreen daily, even if you work indoors. Blue lights from computers and cell phones have been found to be harmful to the skin.

Retinol (PM): Retinol is a source of vitamin A that is really beneficial for anti-aging, cell turnover and helps with the tone and texture of the skin. Retinol does make the skin more photo-sensitive so be sure to pick up a really good sunscreen to wear during the day (should contain zinc and titanium oxide). Any skin product with lactic acid, glycolic acid, or benzoyl peroxide can deactivate certain retinoids when used at the same time. These alpha-hydroxy-acids can be used in the morning instead to maintain the absorptions of retinoids.

Prescriptions: If you have been prescribed any topical medications to treat rosacea or acne always put your topical medication on right after cleansing the skin. This is critical to ensure that you are receiving the correct dosage of your medication every time.

Don’t stress…our master aestheticians are always available to answer any of your skincare needs. To schedule a complimentary skin consultation, please call (801) 776-2220 or contact us HERE.

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