You just invested into a line of skin care products, brought them all home, and have no clue what order they are supposed to be applied, and what goes over or under makeup, let alone what each product actually does. With winter around the corner, new products finding their way onto your bathroom counter, it can be overwhelming. Piling on excess products can interfere with how well they absorb into your skin and can lead to irritation, congestion of the pores, and lackluster results.
STICK TO THREE. Most skin care pro's and dermatologists agree that applying more than three formulas at a time can overwhelm your skin, in addition if you have too many products to apply, you can feel overwhelmed by your regimen and skip it altogether. Applying several hydrating formulas all at once can cause them to pile up rather than penetrate. Look for products that multi-task.
WEIGH YOUR PRODUCTS: You want to apply based on the weight of your products. The thinnest products should go on first. If all products are the same weight, go for the concentrated products, follow up with the milder, soothing products.
SUN PROTECTION: Never leave the house without sunscreen. The easiest way to not forget this essential step is to choose a daily moisturizer that already contains a sunscreen. Even Better? find one that has anti-oxidants to fend off UV-damage, which will encourage skin renewal. Look for a lightweight product if you are going to apply foundation to avoid caking. Let it fully absorb, and then apply your makeup. If you really want to streamline things...look for a BB or CC multitasking tinted skin cream. The ingredients in those products are multi-functional, and a great time-saver.
SLEEP IN IT: Apply re-texturizing products that exfoliate the complexion and leave you sun-sensitive, such as peels and pads with glycolic acid or retinol, to cleansed skin in the evening. Top with a hydrating facial oil, emulsion, or essence. Use your thicker creams at night.