From mineral based primers, to micellar waters and toners. A girl’s beauty cabinet is often filled with a range of products, but without knowing the correct order of application, their benefits can easily be made redundant.
And, as if mornings weren’t already stressful enough, a single zit or dry patch can have you in a state of panic as you frantically try to find ‘just the right cream to work for that’, while still managing to get out of the house on time.
So, to save you the morning headache and a cabinet full of oh-so-fabulous products that never truly get put to good use, we’ve compiled a beauty routine checklist for both morning and night, so you know just what to apply, and when.
If you shower in the mornings, it’s best to prep your skin by using a gentle body wash. Not only do they smell great, but they will also cleanse your skin of any impurities prior to applying a body cream.
Wash Your Face
When you wake up in the morning, wash your face with just luke-warm or cold water. Not too hot, as this can irritate the outer layer leaving you with dry or uneven skin tone.
Toner works to balance the skin’s pH levels. However, this can be quite harsh on sensitive skin. Micellar water is a great alternative as it’s lightweight, without the oil stripping ingredients often found in most toners.
Now, if you own a serum, this is the perfect opportunity to put it to good use. Add just 2-3 drops to your favourite moisturiser, and apply to your entire face, neck and décolletage. Serums contain many anti-oxidants that work to fight the free radicals your skin is going to be exposed to throughout the day, and by combining it with a moisturiser, you get added hydration benefits!
While primers are optional; they should be applied underneath your foundation for a more flawless finish. To simplify this step, you could even combine the two, which helps if you’re short on time.
Apply Your Foundation
Whether it be liquid, powder or even a simple BB cream, it’s best to check whether any of your products contain SPF, and if they don’t, keep that in mind for the step 8. For best results, foundation should be applied using a brush, or our fave, a contouring sponge works wonders!
Eyes, Lips, Cheeks
Whatever your beauty routine involves, whether it be all or none –this part’s entirely up to you.
Refer to 6. If your foundation doesn’t contain SPF, mineral based sun protection is best, as this can be applied on top of makeup and by doing so, won’t harm their efficacy.
In the evening, it’s best to cleanse your skin of any impurities from the day and water on its own isn’t always enough. An oil based cleanser is a gentle way to wash away make up and an AHA exfoliant should be used only once per week to remove any dead skin cells and clear blocked pores.
Same as in the morning, the toner will work to balance the pH levels.
Again, serum and moisturiser can be used in conjunction or if you’d prefer to use a night cream which is often much heavier than a normal moisturiser, we recommend using this in isolation to avoid an oil build up.
If you are a fan of eye creams (they’ll thank you for it when you’re older), before bed is the best time to apply this around the corners and directly under the eye line to help prevent any premature ageing.