What is the right process for applying your skin care products?
The million dollar question…..in what order do I apply my skin care products??
Sequence matters but, why?
The proper order of application allows your skin to receive the maximum benefits of each product. Therefore, the products will illicit the full amounts of efficacy as the products work synergistically to enhance your skin results.
Another important factor to consider is the time it takes for your skin to absorb your products. Order is important, but timing is more crucial. The main goal is results and efficacy and in order for that to be obtained the skin has to absorb the ingredients, so allow at least a minute between each application.
So, which product goes on top of what?
A simple tip is to apply your products from thinnest to thickest or from liquid to oil. During the day most experts recommend a simple cleanser, scrub, toner, antioxidants, corrective products, skin strengthening products, eye creams and of course, sunscreen. At night, that’s when you load up on skin care actives.
Step 1: Cleanse
Step 2: Scrub (2-3 times a week)
Step 3: Oil Control or Tone
Step 4: Correct
Step 5: Stabilize/Strengthen
Step 6: Stimulate
Step 7: Protect
This order of application allows for greater absorption of ingredients, it’s very important to remember you have to support the skin before you stimulate the skin. The best analogy I have is, “You have to build the house before you install the windows” Which means, the skin needs to complete a 6-8 week cycle of these steps, cleanse-scrub-oil control or tone-stabilize which means strengthen and always protect. Once, that initial phase is complete then schedule a follow up to begin correction and stimulation.
In Skin Health,
Bri Adcock, LME
ZO Skin Health Representative