Layering Your Skin Care

Layering Your Skin Care

When it comes to skincare, it’s so easy to get sucked into marketing pitches, celebrity endorsements and frankly, when the nice saleslady tries out the line’s entire arsenal on you, promising the clearest, bounciest skin in the land.

After shelling out a hefty chunk, my next worry is….what goes on first and when?!

In general – and logically – I tend to follow the “thinnest to thickest” rule where I apply my products in layers based on how viscous the product is, and topping it all off with my moisturizer and/or face oil (which, yes, is thin in terms of its viscousness, but it acts as a moisturizing barrier as chemically that’s what it does. 🙂 )

At the moment, this is what my daily routine looks like:

Day Time

  • Kanebo Impress Creamy Soap Cleanser
  • Hydrating Toner
  • Estée Lauder Micro Essence Skin Activating Lotion
  • Clarins White Plus Total Luminescent Intensive Brightening Serum
  • Perricone Face Finishing Moisturizer
  • Sunscreen
    **Since I’m using a brightening serum, I need to make it a point to put on an extra layer of sunscreen (SPF50) in addition to any possible products that may/may not have SPF in it.
  • Regular makeup routine

Night Time

  • Bobbi Brown Cleansing Oil
  • Kanebo Blanchir Superior Cream Soap
  • Hydrating Toner
  • Estée Lauder Micro Essence Skin Activating Lotion
  • Clarins White Plus Total Luminescent Intensive Brightening Serum
  • Estée Lauder ANR II Face Serum
    **I actually apply a drop for my eye area in addition to applying it all over my face as mentioned before in my ANR review, this face serum works much better than its eye serum counterpart based on my skin and experience…so although I feel like I’m kind of cheating with the whole not-separating-my-face-and-eye-serum thing, I feel like I’m making the serum work double duty and my wallet is double happy 😀 I’ll add here that it’s important that any serum you apply in the orbital area should be thin because if it’s rather thick, you’ll just end up with puffy eyes the morning after 🙁 In addition, make sure that you don’t apply any whitening/brightening/peeling-based serums in that area unless its instructions explicitly state that you can do so, otherwise you’ll end up with sorely sensitive peepers 🙁
  • Perricone Face Finishing Moisturizer and/or face oil

What’s important to note here is that your skincare products should be working for your skin and making it better, and not what the latest trends are or what your favourite celebrity is endorsing – not everyone needs expensive skincare products. Gauge what your skin needs and for those who just have amazingly perfect skin, all you probably need is a regular routine, moisturiser and sunscreen.

Embrace and love being in your own skin <3

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