A very simple way to layer your favourite skin care products.
As the sales have begun, Skin Care products demand have risen beyond expectations.
I’m glad you yielded to the temptation & splurged on skin care products, I particularly don’t feel bad for you. I would actually love you to maintain that glass skin and continue to get it right.
Have you ever felt the need to use you products all at once? I’d say you should exercise a little patience and layer the products on your skin, allowing time intervals between each application.
This is particularly important if you are dealing with acids (Glycolic acid, Salicylic acid etc.) and actives.
You might also take this into consideration if you are lightening your skin. I would advise you to layer your skin lotions too. As with skin lightening, I would not go into details. Just stay away from Hydroquinone.
Replace that chemical with natural skin lighteners & actives- You might want to try Kojic acid, Licorice, Alpha Arburtin (which is broken down into Hydroquinone eventually).
I would write up on this soon. Never bleach your skin & don’t use those chemicals, just exfoliate.
So, back to it, have you ever tried layering your skin?
I remembered back in the day when I had the most intense burning sensation ever. I got some Vitamin C serum, took my mom’s Ret 0.1, mixed both in the hollow of my palms & slathered that combo on my face.
Thank goodness my face does not look like what it went through. I had times when I had to treat a spot and still moisturise my skin. That was when I knew about layering.
If you are not already layering your products, you actually should start today and maximize the benefits of all skin care products without letting the other up.
How does this work?
Think Winter first off. Great, it’s not as warm anymore. You know you’ve got to have your vest on, and a jumper. Then it gets mighty chilly at night so you take a trench coat. You’d realize youve layered your clothings to keep you warm, sometimes, without intending to do that.
Guess what, you can do that with skin care products.
The only method to it, is to layer your products from the thinnest texture/ consistency to the thickest consistency.
Well, you need to start with the lightest water -like product and end with the thickest, usually oils.
For me, that would start from the Essence, and Vitamin C serum/Niacinamide, then Moisturizer (and carrier oil if I’m leaving home), ending with sunscreen.
I would imagine that you do not want to use a thicker product over a light one. It definitely would sit at the top of the skin and would not be soaked up by the skin. Usually, the thinner the consistency, the easier it is to be absorbed/ penetrated by the skin.
Tip 1- That is the reason you should use a lotion and not a cream (when moisturising). Gels, even better than lotion. Except you’ve got oily skin.
What I always did, to this day, is that as soon as I’m done bathing, I try to apply my toner, Essence and mix a little healing oil to treat the spot (if any). Or use the exfoliants. While I’m buying time to let it get fully absorbed by the skin (usually, 10-15 minutes, 5 at the very least), I’m brushing my teeth and making coffee to distract me from the waiting game.
In between each application, there must be something to do while letting each product get absorbed properly.
This way, the products used are more potent and are at higher efficacy then mixing products.
As actives do not mix, don’t bother mixing Vitamin C serum with Vit A Rets.This will be dealt extensively in another post.
Thankfully most brands are aware of the method of absorption so they’ve taken initiatives to make products tailored to a layering process.
Most products on the market are thinner/water-like; matching the steps of skincare regime. The easiest routine is:
1. Cleanse using a non-foamy facial wash. This might also mean you would need to use an oil based cleanser for your skin if a one time step does not suffice. This is double cleansing.
From a product I have used, always stick to water-based cleaners. Check this.
2.Go in with a Toner on a cotton pad. For me, Mario Badescu, Paula’s Choice and Witch Hazel are holy grails. Witch Hazel is really special. Let me know if you want me to write on that.
3. The Eye-cream: Most eye creams seem to be thicker than I’ve known them to be. Always apply lightest touch to tap these products at the bottom of the eyes, close to your temples. I double Essences and eye cream with my go to fav. You really do not want a flawless skin with raccoon eyes. Hello Missha
4. Spot treatment/or any treatment- Use your Tea Tree oil. Acne Treatment. Apply your beauty treatment at this point.
In the morning, go easy on Retinoids and Vitamin C serums..
5. Next step is the serum- Niacinamide? Serums are like VERBs in English language. The action word. Serums are amazing. They are sometimes light or milky/creamy. They actually do work wonders in rejuvenating, firming, tightening, lightening and renewing the skin.
6. Slather that moisturizer all over your body, in reckless abandon. Use generously
7. Seal up/lock up the moisture with your rich oils. While others apply rich oils before moisturizes, I know how thick oils are.
They might penetrate the skin when used over lighter products but believe me, nothing goes into the skin after oils are applied. This is the reason the skin easily gets clogged by oils. They are so protective, lubricating and can not let anything penetrate the sebum-after it is applied. Even water may suffer.
Note- Not all layering is tailored to follow sans suit, sometimes, spot treatments might make you apply serums before treating the spot.
You might also find yourself using thicker serums or multiple serums, altering the flow. In all of these, nothing is cast in stone. Use the thinnest water like product, end with the thickest product.
8. Sunscreen- Tell me how much you love your skin without sunscreen and Vitamin c serum, I’ll be worried.
It is scientifically said and I’ll tell you that properties of Zinc oxide do not successfully penetrate the skin.
It sits on the skin surface acting like the last character of the Avengers– deflecting the sun rays, absorbing UVA/UVB rays that your skin might have been burnt from or exposed to directly.
Tip 2- Throw away that titanium dioxide ingredient of Sun screen. Allow generous use of Titanium dioxide in Paints, toothpaste but never as an ingredient in sunscreen
I’ll tell why in the next post.