Proper skin careRepeat after me: Cleanse, Tone, Correct, Hydrate and Protect!

With all of the cleansers, toners, serums, and more out there, your skin care routine can get seriously overwhelming. Figuring out the right order to apply your skin care products so that they are the most effective can be difficult.

Additionally, the way you apply your skin care products is just as important as what is in them. The application process can, in fact, make the product more effective.

Here’s a quick way to remember how to apply your skin care products: layer them on from thinnest to thickest, with the products you want the most results from going on first. For example, you’ll want to apply your anti-aging serum before your moisturizer so that the serum has fewer layers to penetrate.

Check out this video of Lisa sharing her expert tips for the proper way to glide and smooth on skin care – and in what order.

For more help creating the best skin care routine ever, contact Pure Spa, or keep reading for more tips!

1. Cleanser

Start your morning off with a gentle cleanser. Massage the product into your skin for about 1 -2 minutes so you can really get into all the nooks and crannies. Work with warm water, which will help open your pores.

Use your fingers to rub cleanser in big circles on your cheeks. Use semi-circles on the sides of your nose and big circles up and out across your forehead. Rinse.

We love the Ormedic Balancing Facial Cleanser from Image Skincare.

2. Toner

Using a toner is a great way to finish off this first cleaning phase and assure all dirt and oils are wiped away. Toners can help balance your skin’s pH and help hydrate it.

Spritz toner onto dry cotton pads so the formula doesn’t get diluted. Using two pads, start at middle of your forehead, then glide outwards. The same goes for your nose and chin, start there and glide outward. Continue to apply in an upward motion. Remember, you want to be working against gravity, not with it! 

We love the Yon-Ka Lotion Dry Skin Toner by Yon-Ka Paris

3. Serum

Next, it’s time to focus on any problem areas you may have. Serums are a great solution to treat uneven skin tone, dull skin, fine lines, and more.

Apply serum with your fingertips, patting it on and then smoothing it out. Resist the temptation to massage, and let the formula absorb on its own.

Serums are packed with active ingredients—this is your powerhouse treatment product. Allow time (at least 30 seconds or so) for the product to set in to skin before moving on to the next step.

We love Image’s Vital C Anti-Aging Serum.

4. Moisturizer

Glide and smooth moisturizer onto your skin, gently massaging it into the surface with firmer pressure than you used to apply serum. Move from the middle of your face outward and upward, gliding from your nose out to your ears, your forehead out to your temples, and your chin out to your jawline with your fingertips.

We love glo.therapeutics’ Oil Control Emulsion.

5. SPF

Use the same technique that you did when applying your moisturizer for applying SPF. This is your most important and often the most overlooked preventative care for beautiful youthful skin – so do not skip this step! Your SPF is your primer before applying your makeup.

We love Screen by GR8/SKN.

Pro tip:

If you already feel confident with these 5 steps, another item to add to your daily skin care regimen is an eye cream. Apply eye cream last (after moisturizer). It’s really helpful to use an eye cream (no matter your age) because the skin around your eyes is different from the rest of your face. It’s never too soon to focus on combatting fine lines around your eyes!

Need more advice? Contact Pure Spa in Ambler to book your skin care appointment today!