Serums, moisturizers and spot treatments, oh my! If you’re anything like us and have a full skincare/makeup cabinet, it can be intimidating to figure out how to incorporate your latest products into your routine. And you're not insane for feeling that way... The order you're applying things does matter!
When in doubt, follow the golden skincare rule of cleansing your face first, then applying products from lightest to heaviest is generally the best way to go.
Here's your step by step guide to layering your skincare:
Step 1: Remove makeup
Whether you’ve got a face full of makeup or just a bit of highlighter and mascara left on your complexion, it’s crucial to remove your makeup before you cleanse. We’re a huge fan of wipes, like SLMD's Step Zero: Cleansing Wipes, which effectively and gently get the job done.
Step 2: Cleanse
Cleansing your skin is essential. Just like you wouldn’t get into a set of freshly washed sheets in dirty clothes, you should not apply skincare products to dirty skin. Over the course of the day, dirt and oil is bound to accumulate on your face — so you especially need to wash that off at night before applying any other products before you go to sleep. We’re not excusing you from washing your face in the morning, though. As we sleep, our skin cells regenerate meaning dead skin cells may be on the surface of your skin, and especially need to be washed away in the morning.
A dime-sized dollop of your cleanser of choice is the perfect amount to remove the day’s dirt and grime without stripping your skin of natural oils or irritating your complexion. SLMD's Salicylic Acid Cleanser is a great choice because it's gentle but great at exfoliating and unclogging pores.
Step 3: Tone
Toners can be found in a spray bottle or in a little pre-soaked pad, among other forms! They don’t appear to be more than a little water or mist, but they have major benefits. Think of toner as the primer of your skincare routine! Loaded with acids, antioxidants, and anti-inflammatories — toners just take an easy swipe or spray to keep your skin feeling healthy. Our favorite little toner in a pad = SLMD Resurfacing Acne Swipes, which are formulated with three powerhouse, exfoliating, acids: Glycolic Acid, Salicylic Acid, and Lactic Acid.
Step 4: Treat
Here’s where it can start to get complicated. Serums and treatment products are potent concentrates of ingredients — like retinol, benzoyl peroxide, and hyaluronic acid — which can be used to target a range of skin concerns, from dark spots and discoloration to acne and aging.
Step 4: Moisturize
Finally, it’s time to seal it all in! Once you’ve let your previously applied products settle into your skin, apply a nickel sized amount of your favorite moisturizer, llike SLMD's Facial Moisturizer or a moisturizer that doubles as a sunscreen like Daily Moisturizer with SPF 15.