Confused about the order of skincare application?
Posted on August 22 2018
“I want to try all of these products but I have absolutely no idea what order to use them in? Can I use my Glycolic and my Vit C? How about my Retinol?”
Don't worry - we’re here to help...
It can get a bit complicated when trying to combine multiple products and making sure they're either in the right order or can be combined - but when you get it right it means you get all of the amazing benefits of using the best ingredients and your skin will love you for it!
THE INKEY LIST focus's on the very best key ingredients and when looking at which products could be combined into a skincare regime, we often refer to the combination as a recipe.
With that in mind, there are a few simple rules the will help create a recipe that’s right for you and how you can slot them in with your existing skin care products. Its a general guide and we’re not recommending that you use all them and certainly not all at the same time, but hopefully this gives you a bit of an idea of what to use and when.
Step 1: Cleanser
Kaolin Clay Mask - use this amazing mask 1-2 times a week for a deep clean
Step 2: Toner
Glycolic Acid - best for visible skin concerns, congestion or clogged pores
Step 3: Hydrating Mist or Serum
Hyaluronic Acid - can aid the efficacy of other products by acting a carrier so we would recommend you use this as the first serum.
Step 4: Exfoliating serums (AHAs)
You have a couple of options here...
Lactic Acid or Alpha Hydroxy Acid - only use one of these if you are not using an exfoliating toner like Glycolic acid (as mentioned in Step 2). If you are then don't also use another AHA as this could lead to over exfoliation.
If you’re not using Glycolic Acid and are unsure about which is the right exfoliator for your skin, have a read through our guide on choosing the right AHA for you.
Step 5: Treatment products
For treatments, you have a few options...
It is best to use Vitamin C in the morning and Retinol in the evening, never at the same time as this will reduce the effectiveness of both. Collagen and Q10 are ok to be used alongside any other products.
Step 6: Moisturiser and Eye Cream
Three options for you to dependent on what your skincare concerns are..
Step 7: Face Oil
Step 8: Sunscreen
When putting your recipe together, you'll probably want to try a few new gems and mix them in your tried and tested - good to remember that some products work better in the AM or PM and are recommended for use at a certain time of day.
So to help, here’s a quick guide of the products best for day and night.
Ideal products for AM
Ideal products for to use PM
Products for AM and PM
Remember, if using a retinol and an AHA (Lactic, Glycolic or Alpha Hydroxy) we recommend using your acids weekly or alternating your acid and your retinol. As both increase skin renewal using both daily may cause increase skin sensitivity.
If you have any questions click here to ask@theinkeylist .