“Beautiful and healthy skin requires commitment, not a miracle.” – Erno Lazlo.
Following a proper skincare regime is essential to keep the skin healthy and glowing. It helps in reducing the signs of aging- wrinkles, fine lines, and breakouts. Moreover, it also helps in protecting the face from pollution and sun damage. However, skincare only offers effective results if you do it the right way.
Yes, you read it right! There is a right way of doing skincare. You might be aware of the fact that you need to exfoliate the skin and moisturize it. But do you know the right time and technique to do so?
Besides that, there are several other things that are a vital part of skin protection but are often overlooked. Having said that, let’s learn more about it!
● Use The Cleanser Like Professionals
Have you ever noticed that after a professional spa day, your face glows differently? Even if you use the same products (as used by professionals) in At-home spa, the results are not the same. The reason behind the difference is the technique of using products and not the product itself. Believe it or not, but HOW you apply the cleanser or exfoliator MATTERS.
The correct technique is to concentrate the product on the skin pores. It will help remove the dirt and oil more effectively. Thus, your face will feel and look cleaner. Furthermore, it’ll also help in better absorption of the skincare products.
● Damp Skin Is The Best For Applying Face Serum
You must have heard the tip of using lotion right after a shower for effective results. Well, the same tip applies to the face as well. Damp skin is just like a sponge, i.e., it absorbs the product quickly and effectively. Moreover, it also helps lock the hydration into the skin, offering you soft and plump skin.
That’s why as soon as you get out of the shower, apply the serum. It’ll ensure that your face stays moisturized throughout the day. This technique is applied to every skincare product, except for sunscreen. Remember that sunscreen is formulated to stay on the top of the skin as a protective barrier. If you apply it over damp skin, all the benefits will dissolve, resulting in uneven and unprotected skin.
● You Need To Follow The Order Of Skin Care
Human skin works on a “First come, first serve” policy. In simple terms, whatever product you’ll apply first will absorb the best. Therefore, you need to pay attention to the order you apply your products. Generally, the correct order to apply the products is:
Cleansing > Toner > Serum > Eye Cream > Spot/Acne Cream > Moisturizer > Sunscreen.
The easiest way to remember this order is to keep in mind that the thinner layer goes first and the thickest layer last.
However, if you only use two or more products, let’s say one for acne treatment and the other for wrinkles, then you should fix a schedule for both of them. For example, in the morning, you can apply acne treatment first and then anti-aging cream. During the night, you can apply anti-aging cream first, followed by acne treatment. It will ensure that you get effective results from both treatments.
● Understand What Is “Too-much Exfoliation”
Exfoliating your skin is very essential to keep it clean and young. However, there is also a limit to exfoliation. Yes, you read that right! If you exfoliate more often, your skin might start to get red, irritated, and sensitive to touch. It can further lead to skin breakout. Needless to say, these signs are not good for healthy skin.
To protect your skin, you need to stop exfoliating, especially if you are using chemical exfoliators. Moreover, switch to using gentle cleansers and barrier cream that soothes sensitivity. Do not skip moisturizing. It will help recover your skin and will also help reduce the signs of aging. Also, make sure to use lightweight products for smooth and better absorption.
● Try Dot Method While Applying Sunscreen
Usually, people apply the sunscreen on their palms, rub it between both hands and slather the product onto the skin. But is it the right technique? The answer is NO! If you use this technique, the goodness of the products gets absorbed in your palm. Thus, your skin is left unprotected. Moreover, it makes the face look uneven.
That’s why whenever you apply sunscreen, you must use the dotted method. Apply small dots all around your face (don’t forget your nose and chin) and gently massage it. It will ensure that your whole face is covered and protected from harmful UV rays. Furthermore, it will give you a smoother application, thus making your skin look bright and radiant.
P.S. You can use this technique for every skincare product.
● Morning And Evening Routine Needs To Be Different
Do you have a separate morning and evening routine? If not, then you need to create one. Understand that the daytime routine is more about the protection of the skin from pollution and UV rays. However, during the night, the skin repairs and rejuvenates itself. Thus, your skincare routine must include the products that help in this process.
For the daytime, you should use antioxidant-rich serum, lightweight moisturizer, and high SPF sunscreen. On the other hand, for the night, you need to use retinol-based products and moisturizers. Also, you must pay attention to your lips. Apply lip balm every night to keep them hydrated.
Note: It is also essential that you understand your skin type and use the products accordingly. If any product causes irritation, it is a sign that the product is not suitable for your skin. So, you should seek advice from a dermatologist.
To Sum It All Up!
These techniques and hacks will ensure that your skin absorbs the goodness of the products. Needless to say, better absorption means better results. So, take some notes and start following them.
Also, if your skin is damaged a lot, it would be better to consult a dermatologist. They might run a test or few to discover the root cause. In addition to this, also pay attention to what you eat and what your lifestyle is. All these things also have a great impact on the overall texture of the skin.