The Correct Order to Apply Your Skincare

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The Correct Order to Apply Your Skincare


We all spend a lot of money on our skincare, and unfortunately if you’re not using it correctly, you aren’t getting your money’s worth! Applying your skincare in the correct order can really affect how well it works. So, taking a few minutes to learn what order to apply in will make a big difference. I’ve written about this topic before, both here on 15 Minute Beauty and over on Babble. Run and check out those posts!

The Correct Order to Apply Your Skincare
I thought it would be useful to go through what I’m currently using so you can see a real life example. So, here’s a peek at what I’m using at night currently.

1. First, I start by removing my eye makeup. I have a lot of eye makeup removers that I like (check out my favorite eye makeup removers), but really the key seems to be a remover with oil in it and splurging on fancy cotton rounds. I use the Swisspers Exfoliating Cotton Rounds, their texture really helps remove stubborn eyeliner and waterproof mascara.

Try These:
Garnier Clean + Nourishing Cleansing Oil from Target or Drugstore.com
Swisspers Exfoliating Cotton Rounds at Drugstore.com or Walgreens

Usually removing eye makeup leaves a rim of mascara and eye liner around my face. It’s great, I look like a raccoon! So, I wash the rest of my face next. I have a few cleansers that I like, and I usually use just my fingers to rub it around on my face before scrubbing a bit and rinsing off with a washcloth. I have a Clarisonic Mia3 that I use a few times a week. My face can’t seem to take using it every night, so I play it by ear but it is usually about 2-3x/week.

To Try:
Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser from Amazon or Target
Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Cleanser from Kiehl’s or Nordstrom
Bliss Fabulous Foaming Face Wash at Sephora or Birchbox
Clarisonic Mia3 from Clarisonic or Nordstrom

2. Prescription meds are next. You want them closest to your skin to ensure that they absorb fully. Personally, I’m on Clindamycin for my Rosacea, so I spread about a pea sized amount of the gel all over my face.

3. Thin liquids are next, and water based go before oil based. For me this means that my serum comes next. I’ve been using Clarisonic Brightening Activator Serum, which helps to even out my skin tone and fade hyperpigmentation. If I’m dry, I’ll add a few drops of Kiehl’s Midnight Recovery over the serum. About twice a week I’ll also add in a retinoid lotion, I like RoC Retinol Correxion Sensitive Night Cream.

My Picks:
Clarisonic Brightening Activator Serum from Nordstrom or Clarisonic or Sephora
Kiehl’s Clearly Corrective Dark Spot Solution is a good alternative to the Clarisonic, get it at Kiehl’s or Nordstrom
Kiehl’s Midnight Recovery at Kiehl’s or Nordstrom
RoC Retinol Correxion Sensitive Night Cream from Amazon or Target

Finally, thicker creams and balms, again start with thinner and move to thicker, applying water based before oil based. I apply my eye cream next, and follow it up with an all over night cream.

My Current Favorites:
iS Clinical Youth Eye Complex from DermStore or SkinStore
Kiehl’s Super Multi-Corrective Cream from Kiehl’s or Nordstrom

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