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The Proper Order to Apply Your Skincare Products

 

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With all of the cleansers, toners, serums, lotions and more skincare products out there, your skincare routine can get super overwhelming.   And it can be totally confusing which step goes when and why. 

Applying your skincare products in the correct order ensures that your skin receives the full benefits of each product.  Therefore, the order of application is extremely important.  So how can you remember what goes 1st, 2nd or 3rd?  An easy rule of thumb to follow is to apply your skincare products thinnest to thickest in consistency. 

Follow the proper order to apply your skincare below.

Step 1 - Cleanser

In the morning, start by splashing your face with warm water then wash with a gentle face cleanser designed for your skin type.  Cleanse, exfoliate and remove all makeup and residue from your face.   I love Cetaphil cleanser and it is gentle enough for my little's skin too!

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Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser is a mild, non-irritating formula that soothes skin as it cleans.  It is designed to work for all skin types.

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Tata Harper's Regenerating Cleanser is a daily cleansing & exfoliating treatment that buffs and polishes for radiant, healthy looking skin. I absolutely adore this skin care line - farm fresh!

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Step 2 - Toner

What the hell is toner and do I need to use it?

Face toner helps remove excess dirt, traces of oil and makeup, correct and balance the ph of your skin, and helps control acne.  It brings your skin back to it's natural acidic state, sweeping impurities away and helping your skin absorb your skin care products.  Think of toner as like a primer for the rest of your skincare routine.

So the answer is "yes" you need to add a toner it to your skin care regimen!

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Kiehls Ultra Facial Toner is a mild formula that removes surface debris and remaining residue while preparing skin for a serum and moisturizer.  This toner also helps refine surface texture while hydrating and comforting the skin.


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Fresh Face Sisley Floral Toning Lotion delivers soft, fresh and comfortable skin.  This toner smells so fresh with a hint of rose and leaves the skin clean, soft and prepped.


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Step 3 - Serum

Serum is a skin care product you apply to your skin after cleansing and toning but before moisturizing  (remember thinnest to thickest in consistency).   A face serum is made up of smaller molecules that can penetrate deeply into the skin and deliver a very high concentration of active ingredients. 

Whatever your concern is with your skin - wrinkles, dullness, acne, sagging, pigmentation- you name it, there is a serum for it! 

This is the skincare category I would recommend to SPLURGE on vs SAVE.

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Philosophy's Renewed Hope in a Jar Renewing Dew Concentrate is dreamy!  Just a drop of this serum goes a long way and helps to smooth skin and renew your youthful glow!  Added bonus - the look of fine lines and uneven skin tone are diminished over time.


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La Mer's The Concentrate has been a game changer for my skin!  This restorative treatment is infused with a cell-renewing Miracle Broth to help visibly calm redness, irritation and other signs of inflammation.  If you have rosacea, this serum is for you!  

Thank you La Mer for gifting me this luxurious serum!!!


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Step 4 - Eye Cream

Do you really need to use an eye cream? 

Depends on who you ask and what your concerns are around your eye.    Technically if you don't have concerns with puffiness and or dark under eye area you could use your face moisturizer.  Remember the skin around your eye is much thinner than the skin on your cheek and using a face moisturizer around your eye could cause milia. 

Girl, if you are in your late 30's it's time to apply an eye cream!

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Bobbi Brown's Hydrating Eye Cream is a cult-favorite cream leaving the eye area soft, smooth and refreshed.  Good for all skin types.

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Revive Moisturizing Renewal Eye Cream increases skin cell renewal and deeply hydrates to reduce the apperance of fine lines and wrinkes arount the eye.

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Step 5 - Moisturizer

I love trying out all different types of face moisturizer and I am loving the Natura Bisse C +C Vitamin Cream right now!  The citrus fragrance is amazing and the vitamin C helps to brighten my complexion!

 

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Origins Ginzing Energy-Boosting Gel Moisturizer is perfect for the non morning person to look like a morning person.  This lightweight formula instantly hydrates and revs up radiance for refreshed, healthy & vibrant skin!  Perfect for all skin types.

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Natura Bisse C + C Vitamin Cream has a luxurious rich texture with a delicious citrus scent.  This cream will improve the skin's collagen, brighten dark spots and hydrate the skin.

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Step 6 - Oil

Face Oils might be my favorite skincare product.  Not only are they very hydrating they also contain antioxidants.  I have found that patting the oil into the skin blends better than rubbing it in. 

Select a budget and a desired result and add a face oil to supplement your skincare routine.

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Burt's Bees Facial Oil helps reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles creating healthier, younger looking skin.  

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Brightening, glow-boosting, cult favorite oil serum, Vintner's Daughter is a natural anti-aging face oil that adds immediate glow to the skin.  This oil tackles aging, pigmentation, dry skin and hormonal challenges.  

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Step 7 - Sunscreen

Friends, please don't forget this most important step- Sunscreen.  Protect your skin.  Take it from me, a melanoma survivor, you can still have that beautiful sunkissed tan the safe way - from a bottle.  St. Tropez Self Tan Bronzing Mousse is my all time favorite.  

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Sun Bum Face Lotion SPF 50 shields your complexion form harsh UV rays without irritation.  Perfect for all skin times, daily use and with a matte finish.  

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The Chantecaille Ultra Sun Protection Sunscreen SPF 45 doubles as a Face Primer.  I love a 2 for 1 skincare product.  This product protects your skin from UVA  and UVB rays.  It is lightweight, oil-free and has a mattifying finish.

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If you have any questions regarding your skincare routine or application, let me know, I'd love to hear from you (comment below)!

xx, Brook
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