The right way to apply every skincare product
Should you use a cotton wipe? Do you cleanse on dry or damp skin? From essence to sheet masks, here’s how you should be applying every skincare product to get better results.
Putting on eye cream may require less precision and YouTube instructions than your cat-eye makeup, but that doesn’t mean that technique is irrelevant to skincare products. In addition to a product’s key ingredients and formula, your application method can mean the difference between average and amazing results. Follow these application tips and say hello to beautiful skin like never before.
Always apply oil cleansers on dry, not damp skin.
Oil cleansers are an essential first step to proper cleansing as they remove makeup, UV protection, and excess sebum in a way that foam cleansers cannot. Just remember that using oil cleansers on damp skin means you will not be able to reap the full benefits of this wonder formula. Oil attracts oil, and using your oil cleanser on dry skin allows it to bind with surface impurities — lifting them off your skin to be rinsed away.
Lather foam cleansers on your palms, not your skin.
Foam cleansers like cream formulas remove impurities like dirt and dust from your skin. When used after an oil cleanser, they also help to remove any remaining residue for a squeaky-clean complexion.
The right way to use a foam cleanser is to lather up before you put it on your face to get the full cleansing benefit without putting any stress on your skin. The foamier or richer the lather is, the more efficient the bubbles can lift impurities from your skin. Applying the cleanser directly on your skin and massaging it in can cause you to tug at your skin unnecessarily.
Swipe toners with a cotton pad.
Toners are typically water-based, lightweight formulas that gently removes dead skin cells from your skin’s surface. As the first step in your moisturising routine, toners with clarifying ingredients can help prep your skin for the rest of your regimen. Use a cotton pad to better pick up dead skin cells and any residual impurities while swiping the product evenly all over your face.