Are You Guilty Of Skipping This Essential Step In Your Skincare Routine?

We looooove it when our skin is smooth, clear and have no pimples popping out of our face. But sometimes, we take our skin for granted and tend to skip some of the essential steps in our beauty routine due to being too tired.

In case you didn’t already know, keeping up with your skincare regimen is essential in the long run as it will help you to age gracefully. Not only will it help your skin glow, but it’ll also give you a boost of confidence to seize the day.

As a rule of thumb, products with a lighter texture should go on first, and those with a heavier consistency, last. Those with heavier textures such as moisturisers tend to sit on the skin, creating a barrier that is tough for anything else you apply over the top of it to penetrate through. This may be confusing, but don’t worry, we’re here to break it down for you:

  • Cleanse 

Start by removing the buildup of dirt and oil with a cleanser. We recommend double cleansing, which involves using a cleansing oil or makeup remover first to dissolve makeup and then washing the face with a regular cleanser to ensure a thorough cleanse.

  • Exfoliate

Scrub away the dead skin cells, reduce your skin’s dullness, blackheads or flakiness by exfoliating at least one to two times a week. Focus exfoliating especially on your nose and cheeks and get rid of your clogged pores. As long as you’re not overdoing it, you’ll see a huge difference with your skin texture, tone and clarity.

  • Toner

Skipping toner is like writing your dissertation and then abandoning it halfway. It makes all the effort of cleansing and applying other products over the skin much less effective as residual dirt may still remain on the skin. On top of removing whatever dirt that’s left, toner also balances the skin’s pH levels and sloughs away roughness.

  • Essence / Serum 

Here’s where you get to apply your face essence or serum. Essences tend to be lighter in texture compared to serums, so should you choose to apply both, use the serum after the essence. There are many types, so it’s important that you use what’s best for your skin like acne, wrinkles, hyperpigmentation, and rosacea. 

On top of providing optimal hydration, essence and serum target specific skincare concerns such as ageing and dehydration by delivering a high concentration of active ingredients within the layers of the skin.

Pro tip – leave the serum on your skin for at least 5 minutes before applying anything else on the skin. This is to ensure that the serum has time to absorb into the skin.

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 Face mask

This is optional, and we recommend for you to use a face mask only about twice a week. To really get the most out of your sheet mask, you want to let it sit on the skin uninterrupted for at least 15 minutes. Remember that too much hydration on the skin may cause milia seeds to develop — and you definitely do not want that.

  • Eye cream

Since the undereye is the most delicate part of our face and the first to show signs of ageing like wrinkles, you should always apply eye cream to prevent fine lines or the loss of collagen. Remember not to tug your undereye, instead use your ring finger to keep the area smooth.

  • Moisturize

A moisturiser is absolutely non-negotiable. It creates a protective barrier on the skin against pollution and dirt on top of locking in all the other hard work you’ve put in prior to this last step. Yes, moisturiser is a must even if you have oily skin as it really helps in balancing out sebum production.

  • SPF

If you’re heading out, then this is when you should apply sunscreen on your face. Make sure you apply it at least 15 minutes before heading outdoors. Fun fact: Using sunscreen on a daily basis can reduce skin ageing by 24%! Now that’s a legit reason for you to use one.

Overall, we’d like to note that it is not necessary for you to use ALL of the products listed above. The important ones that you shouldn’t miss on a daily basis are cleanser, toner, moisturiser and sunscreen. Meanwhile, the rest are basically like fillers that would most likely make your skin look like a million bucks.