Finding products that work for your skin is a matter of trial and error – and once you’ve curated your arsenal of skincare products, it makes sense that you’d want to maximise every one of them.
For the most part, managing a skincare regimen shouldn’t be all that difficult. Most of us will usually just slather on the product without giving it much thought, and hope that it will work its magic on your skin.
But if you really want to get the most out of your products, or if your skincare routine isn’t as effective as it should be, there are some tips to maximise their efficacy – and it doesn’t always involve purchasing the most expensive product.
Apply in the correct order
Skincare is all about allowing the products to penetrate deep into your skin – make sure the each product can be absorbed by the skin instead of getting blocked by another product. Thus, applying them in the correct order is crucial.
In general, your products should be applied from the thinnest to thickest consistency.
After cleansing, apply the most liquid-like, water-based product first. The order should go something like this: Toner, essence, serum, spot treatments, moisturiser. If you have a face oil, apply it after your water-soluble products so it doesn’t act as a barrier and weaken the effectiveness of those products.
For daytime, sunscreen should always be the last step in your routine. Ensure your moisturiser has sunk into the skin before you apply SPF to ensure maximum protection and efficacy.
As early as your 20s, you can start losing radiance because the skin’s cellular turnover rate slows down. Dead skin cells build up on the surface of the skin so your complexion tends to look dull.
Plus, it also creates a physical barrier between the skin and the products you’re using. This prevents the crucial ingredients from being absorbed into the skin more effectively.
Look into Alpha hydroxy acids (AHAs) like citric and glycolic acid, and Beta hydroxy acids (BHAs) like salicylic acid, which can remove the build-up of dead skin cells and reveal healthy, regenerated skin that lies beneath. Your skin will look more even in tone, feel smother and display less apparent ageing signs.
Pair ingredients that complement each other
Each skincare ingredient has its own unique set of strengths. And sometimes when you mix two great things, you get an even better result. There are some ingredients that complement each other and increase effectiveness.
This also helps you to completely treat your skin concern using more than just one key ingredient.
For instance, retinol (or Vitamin A) is often used for its anti-ageing benefits and Hyaluronic acid greatly helps in drawing moisture to the skin and promotes water retention. Because retinol can potentially increase dryness and sensitivity, pairing both ingredients in a routine allows your skin to enjoy the best of both worlds.
Separate your morning and night time routine
Curate your day and night time routine to achieve different objectives. During the day, opt for an antioxidant-rich serum and a light hydrating moisturiser with SPF to protect the skin.
For night time, ample hydration is key to help repair the skin. Use a retinol-based product to help speed up cell turnover and layer it with a more occlusive barrier like a sleeping mask. It can boost your skin’s natural hydration level and keep the protective barrier intact.
Add our Aspure Sleeping Mask to your skincare routine and witness the transformation of your skin. Rich in antioxidants, this mask can help soften the appearance of fine lines and brightens tired, dull skin while you sleep. It can also improve hyperpigmentation and uneven skin tone issues, and regulate your sebum for a less oily T-zone.
With these tips, you can ensure that your skincare routine is doing its best to deliver optimum results. And a great way to boost the health of your skin is with the help of facial services that are tailored to address your specific skin concerns.
At Adonis, our Auras Oxy Facial includes an oxygen facial and extraction step to nourish the skin and get rid of impurities that are lodged inside your pores. Our aestheticians will customise an array of treatment-used products, rich in minerals, vitamins and botanical extracts to match your skin needs.
Sign up for this facial package at only $480 (after 7% GST) for 8 sessions – available for new customers. With a personalised mask included, you can expect to enjoy numerous benefits, including skin detoxification, reduce pigmentation, and improve fine lines.