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In What Order Should You Apply Skin Care Products?

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Cleanser, serum, eye cream, moisturizer…what order do you apply skin care products? We get asked this question frequently. Knowing which order to apply skin care products can be confusing, especially when your bathroom counter is full of jars, bottles and tubes. Do you wonder if the order even matters as long as the products make it on your face? The answer is YES! No matter if your skin care routine includes high end products, drugstore finds or something in between, if you are not applying your products in the proper order and following a few simple guidelines, you are likely diminishing the effectiveness of your skin care routine and wasting a whole lot of money.

Since applying your skin care products in the proper order is mission critical, we thought we would help you out with a few hints. The general rule of thumb? Leave-on products should be layered based on consistency, from lightest to heaviest. Additionally, we recommend that no more than 3 leave-on products be used at a time. Using more can result in dilution of active ingredients and minimize the ability of last-applied product(s) to penetrate the skin. While you might not implement all the steps outlined below, applying the products you do use in this order will ensure maximum results.

CLEANSER

Start by removing the dirt, bacteria, sebum (skin oil) and dead cells that collect on the skin’s surface with a gentle and soothing cleansing lotion. Gently massaging your skin during this vital first step not only helps to loosen dirt, debris and make up from the skin, but combining this step with light massage also aids in circulation and decongests oily areas while preparing your skin for the products that follow.

TONER

Toner will remove excess sebum (skin oil) and remaining traces of makeup and impurities after cleansing while soothing, repairing and hydrating the skin’s surface. A gentle aloe vera toner like Lexli Tone & Balance, which, like all Lexli products, features a therapeutic base of organic, pharmaceutical-grade aloe vera, will also minimize inflammation and redness. Use of a toner should leave your skin feeling soft and supple.

EXFOLIATOR

Whether you use a physical exfoliant designed to scrub away dead skin cells or a chemical exfoliator (the preferred method) that dissolves them, this step is extremely important for encouraging new skin cell regeneration and revealing smoother, more glowing and healthy skin. It also removes the buildup that can hinder your skin’s ability to absorb beneficial skin care products. Lexli AloeGlyC® is a glycolic acid exfoliator with a pH similar to that of a professional chemical peel yet gentle enough to use regularly without irritating the skin.

SERUM

Skin care serums are typically highly concentrated treatments packed with powerful nutrients that can penetrate deeply into the skin and address specific concerns so it is best to keep them as close to the skin as possible.

EYE CREAM

Consistency is key with this step. Regular use of eye cream over time will keep the thin and delicate skin around your eyes looking its best and, since it often is the area to show the signs of aging, it deserves adequate attention. It’s never too early to start daily use of an eye cream. In fact, we recommend beginning use while in your 20s. TIP: When applying a firming eye cream, gently use your ring finger which gives a minimum amount of pressure as it is the weakest of your fingers.

MOISTURIZER

Moisturizer is a product that EVERYONE should be using daily no matter your skin type. Young, old, dry or oily, all skin needs moisture. The key is to find the appropriate moisturizer that meets the unique needs of your skin. Lexli offers an effective aloe vera face moisturizer that is just right for you, even if you experience sensitive skin, acne, eczema, or rosacea.

SPF

Never skip this step! Even in the winter months or on overcast days when it appears very little sun is getting through to your skin—it is. The smallest amount of sun damage today can lead to hyperpigmentation, a dull complexion, wrinkles and potential melanoma in the future so prevent it as much as you can by including SPF in your skin care routine. If you use a moisturizer with UV protection like Lexli Day Moisturizer with SPF 30 or Lexli Acne Moisturizer with Sunscreen, this step is already complete. For everyone else a product with an SPF of at least 15 is essential.

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