We all know about layering our clothing but how about layering our skincare? I have personally discovered the benefit of layering rather than just massaging in some day cream then leaving the house. It’s an important process, especially in winter when the harsh weather really takes its toll on skin.
With a choice of serums, day creams and facial oils to name but a few products, it can be difficult to know what to use and when. Here’s a quick guide to deciphering the mystery that is skincare layering.
Step 1: The golden rules
There are two golden rules. The first is to apply the thinnest product first, working your way up to applying the thickest last. Look at and feel your products. You’ll see that the serum is always the lightest and that SPFs are quite heavy.
The second rule is to let each layer absorb before applying the next one. You can leave it as long as you like but a few minutes tends to be better than nothing.
Step 2: Clean the skin
Before you start layering, make sure you cleanse and exfoliate your skin. Be it foam, cream, oil or powder, you will need to do more than just splash water on your face. Your skin needs to be clean, ready to soak up the ingredients in the products you will be applying. If you need to (or want to), use toner at this stage too.
Step 3: Serum
Pick a serum which addresses your skincare concerns such as dullness, redness or dryness. If you have more than one concern, choose a serum for each and apply where necessary. Use your fingertips to tap or press the serum into your skin. Serums might be thin but they contain powerful ingredients which penetrate deeper into the skin than moisturiser.
Step 4: Eye cream
Tap on your eye cream using your middle or ring finger before applying the heavier creams to the rest of your face.
Step 5: Moisturiser
Massage your moisturiser into your skin in a circular motion to seal in the serum and keep your skin hydrated. Choose a moisturiser that addresses any skin concerns – think about whether you want it to mattify, intensely hydrate or brighten.
Step 6: Facial oil
If you have particularly dry skin, massage some facial oil into the areas where you need it. You do this after you moisturise as oils tend to be heavier than day creams.
Step 7: SPF
Even if you have darker skin, you should protect your skin against the effects of the sun. Admittedly, I do skip this step in the winter in the UK unless my day cream or foundation contains SPF. Only time will tell if my skin will suffer for it. Having said that, if you are going skiing, I would recommend the SPF as the sun exposure will be more intense. Even I would make a point of applying SPF then!
Will you be trying skincare layering this winter? Comment below!