What’s the best way to put together a proper skin care routine? Glad you asked! First, knowing what products work together, how they benefit your skin, and the order in which to use them is incredibly important when developing a skincare routine for optimal results.
You should be able to identify the following:
- How each skincare product works and diffeers.
- Why you need a given skincare product.
- When it should be applied in your routine.
- What results you can expect.
A question that we often receive is, "In what order do I apply my skincare products?"
An easy rule of thumb to follow is to apply your products with the thinnest consistency to thickest, or from liquid to oil. You should always in general, think thin-to-thick, but you also want to first use the products with the ingredients that are most important to penetrate into the skin (like antioxidants in serums) and finish with the products that need to sit on top of the skin (like emollients and humectants in moisturizers).
Cleanser - Step 1 – Gentle, water-soluble cleansers remove debris, oil, and makeup. In the morning, start by splashing your face with warm water or, if you must, wash with a gentle face cleanser designed for your skin type.
Toner – Step 2 – Well formulated toners hydrate, refresh, and rebalance skin, among other benefits. Most people choose to skip toners, partly because often a wavering assumption is that most toners are harsh and irritate the skin. But that isn’t the case with many of the variety of toners available today. Toners can serve multiple purposes, like act as a delivery system for antioxidants, vitamin B derivatives and even toning acids. Additionally, each type of toner is intended for a different skin issue, so it’s important to use the right kind for your skin concern.
Exfoliant – Step 3 - Leave-on AHA and BHA exfoliants gently remove built-up dead skin for smoother, noticeably renewed skin. Exfoliative treatments: Use these sparingly, one to three times a week.
Acne Treatment – Step 4 - As acne spot treatments differ in active ingredients, check your product packaging or consult your dermatologist for the best way to apply it. Prescription-strength benzoyl peroxide, a common acne spot treatment ingredient, and has a one- to three-hour working time.
Serum – Step 5 - Serums help soften the visible signs of aging for healthier, younger-looking skin. Serums are super-concentrated, nutrient-dense treatments that address specific concerns, so it’s better to keep them as close to the skin as possible. There are various serums available that you can use, but it is recommended to use antioxidant serums, which provide a variety of benefits, from blunting your skin’s inflammatory response to neutralizing damage from UV rays and environmental pollutants.
Moisturizer – Step 6 - Even though your body has its own natural lubricating system consisting of glands that secrete oil (or sebum) to maintain a protective coating against harsh outside conditions and infections, most of us do need extra hydration after the havoc that sun, weather and harsh chemicals wreak on our skin.
At The Butter Bar, we have made it easy for you by formulating full skincare regimens that include all the essentials. Contact us, we can help define the kit that you need for your current skincare challenges. Give the Essential Kit for Combination Skin or our Vegan option a try today.