Ever wondered if there was anything that you could do to make your skincare products work more effectively?
The answer is yes, there are several steps that you can take to maximize the power and potency of the skincare products that you apply, meaning better results for your skin. Read on as Venofye explains how to make the most out of your skincare products.
Always Apply Your Skincare Products to Clean Skin
If you want your skincare products to be as effective as possible, then this means that they need to be given easy access to your skin cells. Applying products over the top of dirty skin means that those ingredients will then need to waste time battling their way through a layer of oil, dead skin cells, and other impurities before they even reach your skin’s surface. By this point, most of those ingredients will have evaporated into the air. As a result, there won’t be much of them left for your skin to absorb.
So, before applying serums, creams, or anything else to your skin, make sure that you first cleanse. Ideally, go with a gentle cleanser. Irritating your skin with harsh ingredients will only make it less responsive to the skincare products you subsequently apply.
A creamy moisturizing cleanser, like the Venofye Blossom Bee Clarifying Cream Cleanser, would be a great choice! This formula contains gentle surfactants that still produce an ultra-satisfying lather. It leaves the skin feeling deeply cleansed and refreshed, but not overly dry or tight.
To really enhance your cleanse, follow your cleanser up with a toner, applying this before any other skincare products. A good toner, like Venofye’s Blossom Bee Facial Toner will leave your skin feeling even more receptive to the next few products that you apply. As an added bonus, it will also give your skin an extra boost of moisture and antioxidants thanks to its richly hydrating plant extracts.
Learn How to Correctly Layer Your Products
Now that you know how important cleansing is when it comes to enhancing product penetration, let’s take a look at another way in which you can do exactly that; correctly layering your skincare products.
Many people don’t realize how important this actually is. However, say you were to apply a lightweight serum over a thick cream. The serum wouldn’t be able to penetrate through the cream, meaning that it’ll never reach your skin. Therefore, it won’t contribute to any skin improvements.
This is why experts recommend following the light-to-heavy rule when applying skincare products. Once your skin has been cleansed, start with your most lightweight product and then slowly work your way up to the thickest.
Usually, this means applying a toner immediately after cleansing, which we’ve already talked about. After this, it’s time to apply any serums. If you use multiple serums, the thinnest one should go on first, followed by the thickest. Next comes your moisturizer to lock in all of those other layers.
Of course, during the day, a layer of SPF needs to protect your skin too. This is where things can get a little complicated. If you use a chemical sunscreen, it needs to be applied after your face cream. However, if you use a mineral sunscreen, apply it underneath your face cream as it needs close contact with your skin. A quick look at the product’s ingredient list will tell you whether it’s a chemical or mineral formula.
Applying your products in this order will give each one the best chance of reaching your skin cells, which is exactly what needs to happen in order for them to work properly.
Give Each Product Enough Time to Absorb
If you’re in a rush and are trying to speed through your skincare routine as quickly as possible, then go ahead and apply your skincare products immediately after one another. Using them in this way is better than not using them at all!
However, if you have some extra time to spare, try to wait for 30-60 seconds between each skincare product you apply. This is something else that can help to enhance product penetration. Rather than immediately being diluted by the following product, each formula that you lay onto your skin will have some time to soak in.
However, don’t go over the top with this – you don’t want to wait too long in between skincare layers either. Why? Read on…
Apply Serums and Creams to Damp Skin
Research confirms that the skin is more permeable when it’s damp. This essentially means that damp skin will absorb skincare products more efficiently than dry skin.
So, it goes without saying that, in order to maximize the efficacy of your skincare products, you should be applying them to damp skin whenever possible.
What should you do if your skin dries out in between applying your layers of skincare products?
Dab a small amount of a hydrating toner over the surface of your skin to dampen it. Then, continue on with the rest of your routine.
Avoid Using Too Many Skincare Products
Wondering how you’ll possibly have time to squeeze your skincare routine into your day if you need to wait 30-60 seconds between applying each product?
If this extends your skincare routine to an unrealistically long timeframe, it may be time to reassess the number of products that you use. Overloading your skin with more products than it needs on a regular basis can lead to a number of problems, from dullness and congestion to acne and hives.
How many skincare products should you be using?
When it comes to your daily skincare routines, a cleanser, toner, antioxidant serum, eye cream, and SPF face moisturizer will give your skin all that it needs, plus a little more. Going the extra mile by adding in essences, several more serums, and facial oils may seem appealing. However, using so many additional products is unlikely to make much more of a difference. Instead, they’ll end up diluting each other, meaning that even those ingredients that do manage to fight their way into your skin will be less effective.
Exfoliate Your Skin a Couple of Times a Week
While daily cleansing is a must if you want the rest of your skincare products to be able to fully work their magic, even a twice-daily cleanse won’t be enough to keep your pores completely clear of impurities. As these build up over time, they form blockages. Not only will these blockages prevent your skincare products from penetrating into your skin, but they’ll also soon lead to acne breakouts.
The best way to keep your pores feeling clear and super-receptive to your skincare products is to regularly exfoliate. Unlike a cleanser, an exfoliant is designed to draw out impurities from within the pores. This creates a clear pathway for your skincare products to follow.
Just like when choosing a cleanser, don’t use an exfoliant that’s overly harsh if you want your skin to respond well to the rest of your skincare products. Inflammation and irritation should be kept to a minimum with a gentle exfoliating product, such as the Venofye Blossom Bee Facial Peeling. It lovingly exfoliates the skin while also providing a boost of antioxidants and hydration, thanks to the addition of bee venom and glycerin.
Store Your Skincare Correctly
If you want the food in your kitchen to last for as long as possible, you store it in a certain way. Well, the same applies to your skincare products. Unsuitable conditions not only cause products to lose their potency, but they can also lead to some ingredients oxidizing. This is bad news for your skin as it means that each time you use that product, you’re leaving your skin cells susceptible to free radical damage.
So, how should you store your skincare products if you want to get the most out of them?
Ideally, they should be kept somewhere cool, dark, and dry. Avoid exposing your products, or the ingredients within them, to high temperatures, UV light, and high humidity conditions. All of these will degrade the active ingredients that make your products effective.
If you really want to go all out, try storing your skincare products in a fridge. Whether you invest in a dedicated beauty fridge or you use the fridge in your kitchen, the cool temperatures will help to keep the active ingredients in your product stable and potent for longer. As an added bonus, they’ll also leave your products feeling so much more refreshing when applied to the skin. The cool temperatures of your products will mimic the effects of a cold compress, meaning that they’ll reduce the look of any inflammation or puffiness on your face.
Use the Dot Method When Applying Skincare Products
Whether it may be a serum, a cream, or a sunscreen, most people apply their skincare products by dispensing the product onto the palms of their hands before rubbing them together and then massaging the face.
While this technique may be common, it’s not the best one to follow if you want your skincare products to be as effective as possible. Applying them in this way will only lead to the majority of each product being absorbed by your palms. The small amounts that do end up on your face will be uneven in application. Sure, this may leave your palms feeling softer than ever, but the rest of your face will be lacking!
Instead, experts recommend using the dot method. This involves using your finger to apply several small dots of the product over the areas of your face that you want to target. Then, use your fingertips to gently spread this over your skin and massage it in. This will help to ensure that every inch of your skin receives some of that product, giving you more rounded results.
Whether you prefer to keep your skincare basic or you love experimenting with longer routines, it goes without saying that you want your skincare products to be as effective as possible once applied to your skin. So, the next time you’re carrying out your skincare routine, keep our tips in mind and you’ll soon start to see even bigger and better results from the skincare products that you use.