Soak it up.
After you cleanse in the morning, apply products with therapeutic ingredients—
Seal the deal.
Then you should moisturize you skin. Some women rub on makeup primer or sunless tanners as their daytime cream to save a step, but you’d better make sure your formula contains sunscreen. Apply any products with aluminizing particles, such as eye brighteners, last, since they need to refract light to work properly.
Save for later.
Patients exfoliate at night. Afterward, you can put on your night serums followed by a p.m. moisturizer, but try not to irritate the skin by layering on too much of the same ingredient. For example, if you use a glycolic-acid peel, don’t also use a glycolic-based cream or you might end up with redness and flaking.
Watch for interactions.
Certain ingredients have specific restrictions. For example, lighteners like hydroquinone can be very drying, so they need to be followed with a gentle moisturizer and sunscreen to prevent further damage. And some prescription acne treatments shouldn’t have anything applied on top of them, so use them at night and always follow the directions.
Of course, the right procedure to apply different skin products day is also important.
Nighttime Order of Application:
- Exfoliate, be sure your exfoliant is intended for AM use, as opposed to PM use only
- Apply Serum/Treatment product
- Eye Cream/Eye Serum, take note of where exactly your eye treatment can be applied
- Sunscreen (for Morning)
- Makeup (for Morning)
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