How to Layer Skincare Products for Maximum Efficacy

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Jun. 12
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Cherie is an online community of beauty lovers sharing their stories; whether that's their favorite products, makeup tutorials, or skincare routines. Download the app today to be a part of #BeautyWithoutBarriers and show the world what beauty means to you!When it comes to skincare, one of the most asked questions I've seen is "what order should my skincare routine REALLY go in?" And that's such a fair question! We know it's important to wash, moisturize, tone, exfoliate, etc., but how on EARTH are you supposed to know what to do when? That's where Cherie comes in! Here are Cherie's best practices for layering skincare products and perfecting your routine. As a general rule of thumb, layer your skincare from lightest to heaviest, and allow ample time between layering so each product can be absorbed into the skin. It's also important to do research on the ingredients in your products because certain product interactions can cause burns, irritation, or cancel out eachother's benefits. Follow the list below to help you layer your skincare for maximum efficacy! Now remember, your skincare routine doesn't have to have every single one of these steps every time—use what your skin needs. The only non-negotiable? A good cleanser and sunblock!Step 1: CleanserCleansers are the obvious first step in your skincare routine because they remove dead skin cells, oil, dirt, and other types of pollutants from the skin of the face. This helps to unclog pores and prevent skin conditions such as acne.TonerToners are quick absorbing liquids that help remove traces of oil and makeup and correct and balance the pH of your skin. Depending on your skincare needs and product of choice, toners can be hydrating, exfoliating, or help with oil control.SerumsSerums are useful in boosting different results based on your skin concerns. They can add an extra dose of hydration, help keep acne at bay, brighten a dull complexion, or even help with anti-aging. Choose a serum that best fits your skin's needs, and pat away!Eye CreamEye creams can help combat wrinkles, dark circles, and dehydration under the eyes. Eye creams are most commonly used to brighten dull undereyes and smooth out wrinkles like crows feet.Spot TreatmentsSpot treatments can be used to treat acne and are usually made with salicylic acid or benzoyl peroxide. These treatments are used to help with inflammation and redness caused by acne.MoisturizerMoisturizers are super important to use as often as you cleanse. Since cleansers remove natural oils, it's important to replenish those oils with moisturizers. Moisturizers help your skin retain moisture, which is what keeps it looking young and healthy.Retinol (PM only!) Retinols are great for anti-aging! Retinol, or vitamin A, can help reduce wrinkles and signs of aging. You should start using these products as early as your 20s to prevent early signs of aging.Face OilFace oils return moisture to your skin, smoothing lines and soothing it in the process. Keep in mind that face oils and moisturizers can be interchanged or layered depending on your skincare needs. Face oils combine a luxurious feel with potent ingredients for a worthwhile product.Sunscreen (AM only!)Sunscreen and SPF is THE most important step in your skincare routine! Even if you're staying inside all day, be sure you're wearing sunscreen ever morning.
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