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How to layer your skincare products

“In what order do I use all these products!?”

There’s a plethora of different skincare products out there and it can all be more than a little confusing. Plus learning how to use them all correctly can be daunting too.

After all, there is only 24hrs in a day, and if you have 37 products in your regime nothing will ever get done.

Hopefully today we can help shed some light on the matter so you can choose the products that are right for you and know how to use them correctly.

1. Cleanse

Good cleansing is the cornerstone of healthy skin. Too often it is regarded as an inconvenient necessity so we choose a cheap cleanser. However cleansing with a product that respects your skins balance (acid mantle) is vital. You will get more benefit out of the headline acts – the serums and creams.

You may find that you need less of the expensive serums and creams when a quality, acid mantle loving cleanser is used.

Top Pick – Cloud 9 Deep Cleansing Balm

2. Tone/Mist

Spraying or wiping a cool toner or mist seals in added moisture. It also contracts tiny muscles in your skin that gets rids of any remaining dirt helping to keep your complexion clear and soft.

Top Picks – Tickled Pink Perfecting Tonic and Raindrops on Roses Hydrating Mist

3. Correct and Treat with a serum

If you need extra help with pimples, UV damage, wrinkles or pigmentation then this is where you call in the specialists as your skin is prepped and ready. Serums are packed full of the good stuff and a little goes a long way.

A good point to remember is using every type of product twice a day every day can be too much. If so, just use a serum at night or every second night or skip them entirely. Listen and be mindful to how you skin is behaving and you will make the right choice.

Coming Very Soon – Happily Ever After Eye and Face Serum

4. Time for a little oil

Skin loves oil. Smooth a few drops of oil over your face and you skin will thank you for it. Some facial oils are regarded as serums because they are that good. If you find that a true concentrated serum is not for you then facial oils could do the trick.

Facial Oils are not for everyone so it’s ok to just use a moisturiser.

Top Picks – Laugh Out Loud Active Jojoba Oil and the Good Vibes Omega Facial Oil

5. Lock it in with a moisturiser

Moisturisers lock everything in with a good source of hydration. They also protect your skin from drying out during the day.

It can be wise to keep things light at night as your skin behaves differently. It changes from protection mode and goes into detox and regenerate mode. How many times does the itch from eczema get worse at night or you wake up with a pimple.

If a cream is too heavy it can interfere with your skin’s normal night time process and result in less than optimal skin.

Moisturising is vital but moisturisers are not. If you find your skin is perfectly hydrated and nourished from using facial oils then roll with it. There is no need to overdo and overspend.

Top Pick – Perfectly Happy Light Anti-Oxidant Cream

6. Protect

SPF – This could be an article all by itself. During the day the best advice is protect with a zinc based natural sunscreen. It is the last product to go on your face as it provides a physical barrier that protects your skin.

One day we will make our own but for now this is a work in progress :)

We hope that has helped. After all that, the main points to take away are:

  • Apply products thin to thick, and
  • Only use the products that work for you.

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