You’ve spent your grocery budget for the month on *the* hottest new skincare product. YAAAAAAS GIRL. No shame! Slather that ish all ova! But are you doing everything in your power to make your skincare products work better?
Before dipping into indulgently into your new luxurious jar, think for a moment… Are you doing everything in your power to get the full benefit of your skincare regimen? If your skin can’t properly absorb what you’re putting on you’re essentially wasting your money. I’m all for maximizing, getting the most out of every lavish penny. So, how can you make your skincare products work better?
Here’s the foolproof way to make your skincare products work better. There are five necessary steps to maximizing your regimen:
I know, you’re thinking ain’t nobody got time for that. But I’m telling you, you do. Double cleansing only takes a few extra minutes. You can use the same cleanser for pre-cleanse and second-cleanse or keep a few cleansers in your rotation. Personally, I keep multiple cleansers in my shower for the different needs of my skin, whether I’m feeling dehydrated, congested, normal, or need exfoliation. Oil cleansers are perfect for double cleansing! I always have one on hand, specifically for removing makeup.
Double cleanse every evening, particularly when wearing makeup, SPF, sweating, or feeling extra icky. How does it work? Cleanse your skin, rinse off. Repeat. Easy peasy.
Good toners have many benefits with varying formulas serving many purposes, like hydration, exfoliating, or brightening. Any number of concerns we have can be addressed with the right toner.
When it comes to making your products work better, toning is the final step in cleansing. It removes any last bit of dirt and oils your cleanser left behind. And, they balance your skin with healthy ingredients to moisturize and protect. When your skin is clean and balanced it accepts the next step in your regimen better than it would otherwise. Oh, and you should probably upgrade your cotton pads to avoid wasting product!
Next, exfoliate regularly, it’s not even an option. Check out the label on your product and go by the instructions on your favorite exfoliant. Daily? A few times a week? Whatever the suggestion says is likely what you need for optimal results with your product. Just keep an eye out for signs of over-exfoliating.
You may need an occasional deeper exfoliation, a perfect cue to receive a professional facial! In the meantime, this is a great starting point to ensure you’re getting the most out of your regimen. Otherwise, your serum, moisturizer, toner, all of it, is just sitting on top, going nowhere and leaving your skin thirsty. Exfoliating away those dead layers allows everything to penetrate deep into that now baby soft skin.
After toning each product will go in order from lightest to thickest unless otherwise specified by your skincare professional. Doing so allows active ingredients to penetrate effectively. If you’re patient, allow each product to absorb before applying the next.
Finally, your moisturizer! Never skip moisturizing, even if you think your skin is hydrated and moisturized with your treatment products. Think of your moisturizer as the cap sealing all the goodness in, ensuring moisture doesn’t escape your skin. They’re created with delivery systems to improve product penetration. Moisturizers also help keep your skin’s barrier balanced, preventing unwanted skin symptoms from occurring. Don’t waste your money by not using one!