Look in your beauty cabinet, and the likelihood is that you’ve got multiple pillars in your skincare repertoire. mucopolysaccharide is the ultimate hydrator. Retinol may be a must for anti-aging. vitamin C is an important brightener. SPF is non-negotiable. But is there a right or wrong thanks to applying them? How can we best layer them up to maximize their benefits? Marcia Kilgore, who sits at the helm of the direct-to-consumer and membership-based line, Beauty Pie, knows.
Because the founding father of no but three brands that cater to all or any of your skincare needs (Bliss, Soaper Duper, and now Beauty Pie), any advice that she imparts is often just about taken as gospel. So, how does one set about it? And what are the key ingredients we shouldn’t skip in our step-by-step skincare routine? Here’s Kilgore’s definitive guide.
Choose wisely and adapt products as your skin changes
“Curating an efficient skincare routine is all about choosing the proper products at the proper time and applying them within the right order. you would possibly already know your general skin type, except for serums and coverings , choose products that are getting to target your particular concerns. Maybe you experience more breakouts because the weather gets more humid? Is your skin oilier than usual? Perhaps you’ve got a persistent dry patch that appeared to appear out of nowhere? Or pigmented patches? Identifying exactly what your skin needs first is vital when choosing the proper products to layer.”
Layer from lightest to heaviest formulas
“Once armed with the products that structure your routine, you ought to work from the lightest to the heaviest. Start by putting the thinnest, fastest-absorbing product on your face first and layer subsequent heaviest over it, then subsequent , in order that the thickest formula finishes up on top (followed by sunscreen and/or a tinted SPF). As a general rule of thumb, apply your products during this order: cleanser, toner/essence, treatment/mask, serum, eye cream, moisturiser, oil, SPF. Sunscreen always goes last, and therefore the only thing that you simply should layer over sunscreen is powder, concealer or foundation.”
Make sure to use an essence
“An essence may be a key post-cleanse step that not only nourishes, smoothes and pH balances your skin, but also turbo-charges every other product you set on top of it, by softening the epidermal layers to permit faster penetration of actives. Our Jap Fusion Hydra Prep Essence Lotion may be a high-tech, micro-molecular tonic that you simply apply immediately after cleansing to appease , balance, plump and hydrate skin. It’s the right power-magnet prep to heighten the performance of whatever you apply next,” says Kilgore.
Double abreast of vitamin C
“Topical vitamin C has multiple benefits for your skin: it’s radiance-boosting; equalises uneven skin tone; improves your skin’s texture; helps to fight fine lines and fade acne scars; brightens skin and helps repair damage from UV rays; improves the looks of pigmentation; and over the longer-term, it helps to kick natural collagen production up a notch.
If you’re employing a vitamin C serum, apply morning and night to your face, neck and décolletage after cleansing and before moisturiser. If you’ve got opted for a vitamin C moisturiser, use morning and night to your face, neck and chest because the final step in your skincare routine before SPF and/or foundation.
I double my vitamin C (and resveratrol) use during the summer, employing a capsule of either morning and/or evening under moisturiser or sunscreen and after retinol, respectively. i feel when it’s sunny, you’ll never have too many antioxidants.”
Hyaluronic acid should be a staple
“Hyaluronic acid is often found in everything from serums to creams to capsules to sheet masks (and in injectables like Restylane or Juvederm). And it’s powerful – so you almost certainly don’t need it in addition to one layer of your morning or evening routine. The benefits? It delivers a moment hydration hit; helps with barrier-repair function; protects your skin against inflammation (which BTW, experts now say is liable for ageing); is compatible with all skin types; is non-comedogenic; and makes your face look plumper, dewier and younger.
If using mucopolysaccharide serums, apply onto cleansed skin under your day or night moisturiser. If choosing hyaluronic acid-infused creams, use before SPF and/or foundation. And apply mucopolysaccharide sheet masks after deep cleansing your skin and before applying essence or a serum. mucopolysaccharide is additionally absolutely genius if you discover that you’ve overexposed yourself to the sun (feeling a touch crispy, maybe?”)
Retinol is that the gold-standard in anti-ageing
Apply retinol twice each day , morning and evening, for optimal effects – always using an SPF within the morning. And yes, retinol is ok to use within the summertime, as long as you usually use high sun protection. Consistent use will yield the simplest results! Combining retinoids with acids is okay, goodbye because the retinol you’re using is gentle enough. Our Super Retinol system uses micro-encapsulated slow-release retinol, so it’s generally fine to mix with alpha hydroxy acids.“
Never skip sunscreen
“Photoaging is liable for quite 90 percent of your skin’s degeneration, which suggests regardless of what proportion of good skincare you’re applying a day, none of it’ll have optimum effect without daily use of an honest SPF. I’d recommend our Super Healthy Skin Ultralight UVA/UVB SPF25 (from Japan), or a deluxe Italian Tinted Oil-Free SPF 20 Moisturizer for daily protection (with added healthy glow for Zoom calls!”)