Admit it, I think many skin care junkies must have use at least one skincare product from Korea. I mean, who doesn’t want her skin glowing as much as their actress or girlband’s member? It seems that layering more than 10 products help you to improve skin condition, and that exactly what happened to mine.
The first product I bought was Etude House Magic Bubble Peeling, and I loved it so much. But it costly, and at that time there was just a few online shop that had ready stock products, so if I want the second bottle I had have to wait about 1 month; joined the preorder program.
Since layering products was something new for me, I didn’t understand the steps and often made mistakes. Even after I use 10 products more right now, I am still confused with what thing come first; it happened when I introduced my skin with COSRX BHA and Dear Klairs Freshly Juiced Vitamin Drop. And about few weeks ago, after talking about the hip skincare The Ordinary with a friend, I impulsively bought rosehip oil, but perplexed with the order of my skincare routine. I never wear any face oil before!
So I made this layering of skincare products based on several blogs I’ve read, and mix it with the current situation; based on my condition skin. As I said before, I have combination dehydrated skin, which maybe some of you got the same problem, and hope this will help you out .
- Lightest to Thickest Texture: If you have essence, serum, pH adjusting toner, and hydrating toner, always pick the lightest of all , wait about 10 – 20 seconds before you can apply the next step of layering.
- Water Based and Then Oil Based: Make sure if you are using a skincare product with oil texture, it always come after you apply all your water based skincare.
Example of water based products: Toner, mist, essence, oil free moisturizer
Example of oil based: face oil, balms, creams, not an oil free moisturizer
- Sunscreen always last (but before use makeup): If you are using BHA and AHA, make use always to wear sunscreen before you go out. BHA and AHA cause photo sensitivity to skin, so you have to involve sunscreen to daily skincare steps.
- If you have a creamy texture skincare, you have to wait about 1-2 minutes before applying the next layer
Why We Need To Layer Skin So Much?
I have an awry situation. And maybe you have the same problem too. It is hard to satisfy your skin with just one moisturizer, right? So what we have to do is put more layering, layering, and more layering.
It happens to me too. The oily condition of mine are at my forehead, chin, cheeks, and nose; yet my side nose is very dry so I have to be careful putting the right skincare. Is it cost me a lot? Yes, since my dry-side-nose-situation caused by eczema, aka seborrheic dermatitis, and one product is never enough. I’ve searched everywhere and find out that anything contains sea buckthorn, hyaluronic acid, guaiazulene, and rosehip extract could help me at least to prevent eczema; and just for it I have to buy at least 3 including rosehip oil (will review the amazing effect of rosehip extract later!)
What Is Your Recomendation For Combi or Combi-Dehydrated Skin Steps?
So this is my daily skincare steps for early 2017. I forgot to take a picture of BHA Liquid, but I use it as exfoliator.
Exfoliator + Cleanser
Oil cleanser — gel cleanser — face scrub
Toners, Essence, Serum
ph Adjusting Toner — Vit. C– BHA — AHA (if you own one) — Hydrating Toner — Essence (if this is thinner than your toner like Secret Key Essence, you have to use the first essence, than hydrating toner. Mine is thicker so I use it after applying hydrating toner)
Cream moisturizer — facial oil (I usually combine this two, and use the oil as eye serum too)
Review: Treating Cystic Acne with Enca
Note: I do not encourage you to use the same products, whether you think it might help your problem is your choice.
Layering products is tricky. The best way to find out is trying and see what happens. But you have to do it carefully, since you just can not put any ingredients that might help your trouble skin. What’s your skincare routine? Please share!
Azzahra R Kamila
Her blog has a concern for cruelty free and halal products. Her skepticism makes her doing research about science behind beauty, as she wants to educate readers to carefully choose cosmetics ingredients before buying. In addition to beauty, she also likes to discuss slice of life as well as book reviews.