Layering products is as important as using the right products for your skin. It was found that the average US woman uses 12 personal care products and/or cosmetics a day, containing 168 different chemicals! Yep, that’s quite a lot. If you’ve ever bought shea butter or facial oils (some, serums) and had no idea when to apply it in your routine, this is for you.
Step 1: Cleanse gently
Use a cleanser gentle enough for twice a day everyday use or as needed. We’ve grown to learn that black soap is strong for everyday use on normal to dry skin. People with oily skin tend to love this soap more.
Step 2: Tone to balance your skin
Look for an alcohol free toner. You can buy an off-the-shelf rosewater and witchazel toner, or use aloe juice or apple cider vinegar diluted with water. The key is for it to be gentle, if it stings dilute it with more water. Beware of rosewater, it is very expensive, so some rosewater products are rose oil dissolved into water using an alcohol. It is way cheaper but can defeat the whole purpose of an alcohol free toner.
Step 3: Serum for treatment
This one can be quite tricky. A facial oil is not necessarily a serum though the term is used interchangeably. Serums are packed with targeted active ingredients which are invaluable to skincare. They’re traditionally water-based, light (for deep skin penetration), and are more effective when applied on damp skin. If you’re using a light oil-based serum you can still apply it here. Over-the-counter or prescription acne treatments also come in here, before your serum if you use both.
Tip: Acne treatments, including those with lemon essential oil are photosensitive and recommended for night use only. Read the label and seek further advice from a healthcare professional if unsure.
Step 4. Moisturise to hydrate your skin
The biggest mistake you can do here is not using one at all. Let the serum absorb completely first then apply a water-based moisturiser. If you have a night cream, use it here at night instead of the moisturiser.
Step 5: Eye cream to revitalise
The jury is still out on this one, do you apply eye cream or moisturizer first? We recommend applying your eye cream after the moisturiser but if it's an eye serum you can apply it before. The golden rule is water before oil and light/ thinnest before heavy.
Step 6: Sealant to protect
During the day, finish off with a dab of broad spectrum water-based sunscreen 30+ SPF.
During the night, seal in the moisturiser with shea butter or a facial oil, absolutely crucial for dry skin and everyone else, especially during this season. Can one use a facial oil and shea butter? Yes, as long as your skin is happy. Bear in mind our shea facial butter is already infused with grapeseed and essential oils.
Voila, there you have it. Remember to only use what you need, if your skin is happy without a toner, keep it that way. If your skin is happy with the sunscreen without a moisturiser, that’s okay. Always pick a water-based sunscreen over a moisturiser if you have to. Wear a mask and exfoliate here and there (Weekly 😉 ) and you’re set. Also try one new product at a time so you can see what’s working or not.
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