I came across a super-helpful article today on Teen Vogue highlighting the best way to get the most out of your skincare by layering the products in the best way possible! I have an array of products ranging from anti-aging (it’s never too early to start!), to exfoliating and scar lightening.However, sometimes I do find myself skipping on applying one of them so I can wear the other. Teen Vogue consulted Dr. Ariel Ostad, a board certified dermatologist based in New York City to lay down the skin care layering laws! I will be giving you all my product recommendations for each step based on my tried and true routines! Check it out.
Credit: Teen Vogue
STEP 1: Cleanser > Like a painting, she says it’s best to start out any skincare routine with a clean surface. My favorite is the The Body Shop’s Tea Tree Skin Clearing Facial Wash! This is the only cleanser I have tried that is effective in clearing any blemishes without over-drying my skin. Best of all, I love and believe in the stance The Body Shop takes in where it obtains its ingredients from. Their “Community Fair Trade organic tea tree oil comes from The Kenya Organic Oil Farmers’ Association (KOOFA), a co-operative of over 550 small-scale organic farmers around Mount Kenya National Park. Our products contain only pure leaf essential oil, made with hand-harvested leaves and gently steam-distilled for an exceptional-quality purifying essential oil.”
STEP 2: Toner> After the cleanser, it is important to apply a skin-clearing toner, if you have one. I love to use this one by The Body Shop because it minimizes my pores and leave my skin looking matte with no oil in sight! This “refreshing toner freshens and removes the last traces of make-up, dirt and oil, leaving skin feeling soft, fresh and ready for moisturising. The shake to activate formula allows skin to benefit from mattifying powders, while ingredients including Community Trade organic tea tree oil, tamanu oil and white willow bark extracts ensure skin looks matte, without drying.” I usually use mine after using my make-up removing wipes before bed
STEP 3: Topical Treatments> According to Dr. Ostad, the first cream-based skincare product you apply should be anything you use for medicinal purposes. I tend to break out when I get stress, so this one by Clean & Clear is affordable and amazing! It’s a spot treatment, but it literally works overnight-the next morning the redness is gone and any acne starts to fade!
STEP 4: Moisturizer> Even if your skin is a bit on the oily side, you should never skip quenching your skin’s thirst. I love this one by Boots that I snagged at Target. It also contains a skin-calming SPF formulation, so you know, two birds with one product kinda thing.
STEP 5: SPF> This is a product that not even in the wintertime should be forgotten!
A few other tips:
- Formulations that are thinner to the touch should be applied first, in order to achieve utmost absorption.
- Topical treatments—like those for acne, dark spots, or scarring—are the exception. “If it’s a product that treats and repairs existing damage, always use after cleanser and toner so it is directly applied to the clean skin,” says Dr. Ostad
Hope you all find this helpful!