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The Right Order to Apply Skin Products

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Getting your skin ready for the day is a no brainer, right? You wash it, put on products, and go. Well, actually, the order in which you apply everything makes more of a difference than you think. So read on for the right way to do things.

Step #1: Start with a mild cleanser.If you have limited time to prep your face, one step you cannot forget is washing with a mild cleanser but don’t use your hands if possible — stick with a clean washcloth, cotton pads, cleansing cloths, or cleansing brush.

Step #2: Apply corrective treatments based on consistency.

Whether it’s eye creams, serums, or acne gels, whatever you add to your skin post-cleansing should always go on based on consistency. For example, if you add a thin hydrating mask on top of a thick wrinkle cream, the thicker product will block the ingredients in the thinner product from absorbing into the skin.

Step #3: Add a moisturizer.

Because most moisturizers are oil-based, the ingredients of anything applied on top of it will not absorb into your skin. After your face is cleaned and totally dry from your treatments, apply your moisturizer all over your face and neck for optimum hydration and protection.

Step #4: Finish with sunscreen.

If you aren’t wearing a moisturizer with SPF — even a light one with SPF 15 will work — you need to wear sunscreen.

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