What are the steps of a good skincare routine?
With multi-step skincare routines on the rise, we decided to put together this guide to applying your fav skincare products. Why? Mainly because the order in which you apply your skincare products matter.
That’s right, applying the wrong products at the wrong time can at best, render the products ineffective, and at worst, lead to serious skin issues like irritation. But fear not, by the end of this article you’ll know the exact order in which to apply your skincare products.
Step 1: Cleanser
Day or night, your daily skincare routine should always start with a cleanser. You can use a gel cleanser, oil cleanser, balm cleanser, or even an exfoliating cleanser. The key is to remove any makeup or residue and cleanse your pores. (Our personal favourites? This gentle but effective AHA/BHA Exfoliating Cleanser and our best-selling Antioxidant Botanical Gel Cleanser).
Step 2: Exfoliator / Face Mask (Alternate)
The next step in any skincare routine should be a quality exfoliant or face mask. Both exfoliators and face masks shouldn’t be used daily (you can get away with using a face mask once a week, and an exfoliant one to three times a week, depending on the time of year and the sensitivity of your skin).
However, on the days where you’re using an exfoliator or face mask, be sure to apply it immediately after cleansing. Exfoliants come in many forms, from scrubs (like this Antioxidant Coco Clay Scrub) to acids, and work to remove dead skin cells from the surface of your skin, while face masks (like this Acai Berry & Hemp Clay Mask) work to heal damaged skin, leaving you with a smoother, brighter complexion.
Step 3: Tonic
Moving onto step three - your tonics (or toners as they’re sometimes referred to).
If you’re exfoliating or applying a face mask, it should be immediately followed by a tonic. Alternatively, if it’s a cleanser-only day, then you can apply your tonic right after cleansing. Toner works to refresh, smooth, and temporarily tighten the skin, which is exactly what you want post-cleanse.
Step 4: Serum(s)
Our personal favourite step (not to mention, one of the most important ones on this list) is none other than serum. Serums should be applied immediately after tonic as by this point, the skin is prepped and ready to absorb some truly powerful products.
We recommend choosing a serum that speaks to your specific skin concerns. For example, if you suffer from a dull, dry complexion, look for a serum with hyaluronic acid. Alternatively, if you’re looking to brighten, reduce the appearance of pigmentation, and even your skin tone, reach for a product like our Glow Serum that contains niacinamide and ginger root.
Step 5: Moisturiser
After your serums have been worked into your skin, it’s time to apply a moisturiser.
No matter what, don’t skip this step. You should be applying moisturiser twice a day (morning and night).
They work to lock moisture into the skin, which is incredibly important. Give your moisturiser at least five minutes to sink into your skin to ensure you feel the full benefits. Dope Skin Co.’s Antioxidant Botanical Moisturiser is lightweight and leaves your skin hydrated and soothed (no greasy residue or clogged pores here!).
Step 6: Sun Cream (Day) / Face Oil (Night)
Finish off your skincare routine with some sun cream (applied in the morning) and a face oil (at night only). Sun cream is an absolute must - no excuses. Just because it’s raining today or you don’t plan on going outside doesn’t mean the sun’s powerful UV rays can’t penetrate your skin.
Look for a mineral sun cream with at least SPF 30 and apply it after your moisturiser. Give it a few minutes to absorb before applying makeup. At night, your skincare routine’s grand finale is none other than face oil. Face oils can be applied nightly or a few nights a week, depending on the oiliness of your skin. They should always be applied last as they have the ability to penetrate any other moisturisers, serums, or treatments that have previously been applied.