Hello hello! How are you? Today I bring you a post that I think can be very useful. Many of you have asked me on different occasions about how the different products of the beauty routine should be applied. It is true that it is something that for some may seem very elementary, but there are those who prefer not to even use a product because of ignorance about how it should be used. Of course, among different products may have small nuances, but with this post I want to provide you with a small guide to know the correct way to use all the products you have at home and thus get the best possible performance out of them.
Those of you who read me often will remember that not long ago I shared a post related to this topic and that it is worth going back to take a look from time to time: here you can read a little more about the importance of having a good beauty routine.
In this post I will discuss the following topics:
1. Preparation necessary for your beauty routine.
2. Where should you do your beauty routine?
3. How to correctly use the different cosmetic products.
1. PREPARATION NECESSARY FOR YOUR BEAUTY ROUTINE.
Your beauty routine has to be a ritual. Those 5 or 10 minutes are made for you to enjoy and for you to focus on yourself. At the end of the day is a time that you dedicate to take care of yourself and feel better, so it is important that you are focused on what you do and that you can enjoy in conditions. With this I do not mean that it has to be a Zen moment of total concentration in your beauty so that your skin absorbs nutrients better, but the main idea is to be able to have a little time for you.
There are some preliminary aspects to start your morning or night beauty routine that you may miss but that will help you to get a more effective result. You may think they are obvious, but it never hurts to remember them.
Always, always, you should always wash your hands before starting your beauty routine. Since you are going to be manipulating different products and you are going to be applying them directly on the face with your hands, these must be clean to avoid getting the opposite effect to the desired, spreading bacteria. Even if you do not realize, all day long you come into contact with hundreds of things that are probably not especially clean: doors, pens, telephones, chairs, switches, clothes, computers, and so on, an endless list. When you come into contact with them, your hands retain part of the microorganisms and transport them to new places. Of course, you want to prevent the new site to which you transport those bacteria from being your face. Thus, with a very simple gesture you can get a better result in the care of your skin.
If you have long hair surely you already know what I am going to talk about: it is important to remove the hair from the face (even when it is short). I’ve noticed that when I do not, my skin tends to get oilier than usual. If you pick up your hair (with a headband, for example) you can avoid getting its oil deposited on the face and, in addition, you will also make it stay cleaner by not coming into contact with the different products of your beauty routine .
Finally, even if it’s something that can go unnoticed, you should frequently change the towel you use to dry your face. I’m assuming you use a specific towel for this (and if not, you should start today). In the towel there will always be remains of products and moisture will favor the proliferation of microorganisms, so changing it daily (or every two days) will keep the bacteria at bay so that they do not destabilize the pH of your skin or cause any kind of irritation or adverse reaction.
2. WHERE YOU SHOULD DO YOUR BEAUTY ROUTINE.
As I said before, it is important that your beauty routine is a time that you can dedicate yourself 100%, you do not deserve less. The place where you do the routine is essential, since you must be comfortable and calm, without being disturbed, in order to really focus on what you are doing.
One fairly obvious aspect is that you must carry out the routine in a well-lit place and where you can have easy access to all the products you are going to use. In addition, you will need to be able to wash your face comfortably, so doing it in front of the bathroom mirror is the best solution.
There are different opinions about an option that for many is very comfortable: washing your face in the shower. On the one hand, it can be positive because it allows you to rinse your face a lot better after using the cleanser and because the hot water helps the pores to open in order to achieve a deeper cleaning. On the other hand, it can be negative since it is very easy for the hair oils to deposit on the skin of the face and because if you shower with excessively hot water (something you should avoid in any case, as it ends up damaging the skin) you can get a counterproductive result. I recognize that I often end up washing my face in the shower every morning in the rush of everyday life, but I try to avoid it as much as possible, since at the end of the day it does not cost so much to do it in the bathroom.
In any case, the most important thing is that you are comfortable in the place where you do your beauty routine to truly enjoy it.
3. HOW TO USE THE DIFFERENT COSMETIC PRODUCTS CORRECTLY.
After the first introductory points we will go to see in depth how you should apply each of the products of your beauty routine. Naturally, each product is different and has its particularities, but I hope that after reading this post you have clear how to apply them to get the most out of your routines.
In this post I told you a little about the double cleansing and its effectiveness when it comes to getting deep in the skin, oil and contamination that are deposited on the skin. For those who do not remember, double cleansing consists of first applying a product with an oily base (oil, milk or butter) and then another water-based product (gel or soap). With this you get to remove everything that is deposited on the skin effectively without altering its balance, isn’t it great? So, with the first cleanse you remove all the oil-soluble products (such as sunscreen or makeup) and with the second cleanse you remove the remains of the first product, as well as the water-soluble products (such as sweat).
If you choose to start using a double cleansing (which I recommend), you should know that your two steps are carried out differently:
For the first cleanse (which you will do with a butter, milk or oil), you just have to take with your hands the necessary amount of product (do not use much, I know you) and spread it all over the face with the fingertips, massaging firmly. Next, you will remove all the product with warm water or a muslin (a fine cotton, silk, bamboo or wool fabric), moistening it with warm water and sliding it gently over the face to remove as much product as possible. For me as the first cleaner I love the Klairs Gentle Black Deep Cleansing Oil, which you can get on Wishtrend .
To do the second cleanse you will have to apply a little more warm water on the face, since it requires it to be well moistened. Next, take the necessary amount of soap or gel in your hands (I recommend you try to decrease the amount progressively until you find the one you really need) and massaging the whole face with your fingertips so that it extends well. Once you have finished you only have to remove all the product with lukewarm water and you will be finished. At this point you should remove the excess water. I always do it with a towel, but there are those who prefer to do it with just their hands to keep the skin moist during the rest of the routine. At the moment I have not tried that technique, but I want to experiment a bit with it to see what works best for me. In any case, it is not necessary to dry the skin in depth and, if you decide to dry with a towel, you should do it with gentle strokes, not dragging it through the skin (since that is much more aggressive). If you are looking for a good cleansing gel I would recommend you to try the COSRX Low pH Good Morning Gel Cleanser, which you can get at Wishtrend and on Mankind (US & Canada).
As you will remember from previous posts, the toner is the first product of our beauty routine that we let our skin absorb, so it is essential. With it you manage to remove the possible excess of cleanser that have remained on the skin and, in addition, keep the pH of the skin well balanced. If you are looking for a good toner you can try the Pixi Glow Tonic, which you can get on The Hut (US & Canada) and that it’s also exfoliant for its composition rich in glycolic acid, and the Pyunkang Yul Essence Toner, which you can get on Amazon and which is very moisturizing and nourishing .
In many products you will find indications that it is better to apply the toner with a cotton pad, but I have not used it for a long time and I am delighted with the results. When applying the toner with a cotton pad, it absorbs the toner but does not extend the product over the skin; however, when applying the toner directly with the hands, the skin absorbs it correctly and we are not dragging a dry cotton on the face. My advice is that you should at least give a chance to the trick, you have nothing to lose. So, I apply the toner by taking a small amount in the palm of my hand and gently extending it while I massage the face. At the end I try to give soft (SOFT) taps to absorb better, although I recognize that sometimes I forget to do that. Since toners tends to have a very watery texture, it is better to wait a minute for it to get well absorbed (I take advantage of that time to prepare the rest of the products so that I do not waste time, I always go in a hurry).
In general we can divide the serums into four categories. Two of them would be based on the nature of their composition, which can be water based (when water is the main ingredient) or oil based (when oil is the main ingredient). On the other hand, we can divide the serums according to their texture between those that are creamier and those that are more liquid.
Normally, the creamiest serums come in pump-type applicator containers, the kind that you have to press to extract the product. In my experience with them, this type of packaging is often poorly planned, since normally when you press completely you get too much product, so you have to be careful not to waste it (nor apply an excessive amount, something that either is positive).
For its part, the most liquid serums are usually sold in containers with dropper applicator, which makes it much easier to get the exact amount we need. As a general rule, two or three drops of product are usually more than enough, but there are always exceptions.
It is usual for brands to indicate in the packages of the serums that they have to be applied directly on the face, although I find that in most cases it is very complicated. If you have enough skill, I recommend you do it this way to get the most out of the product, but if you are clumsy like me, you can apply the amount you need in the palm of your hand and extend it very well all over the face helping with the tips of your fingers. The serums are usually very light, so they are usually absorbed quickly. As a serum I love The Ordinary Hyaluronic Acid 2% + B5, which you can get on DECIEM (UK), Beauty Bay (UK), on Mankind (US & Canada) and on The Hut (US & Canada), it really helps you keep your skin well hydrated and nourished.
You already know that boosters are products designed to give our skin an extra dose of nutrition that other products do not provide. Generally speaking, they usually have a rather liquid texture, although some may be more like a very light cream. Most of the ones I have tried come in glass containers with a dropper type applicator, but they also come in containers similar to those of creams.
The boosters are applied in a very similar way to the serums. Usually two drops give you the necessary amount, but you will have to try it on your own to find what works best for you. I always take two drops, with few exceptions, and apply them with the dropper on the palm of my hand. Put together the palms of both hands to make the application easier and spread the product massaging firmly all over the face. If I see that there are remains of the product on my hands, sometimes I try again to extend it or I already apply it directly with the moisturizer. Once applied all over the face, I try to give it a few seconds to absorb well before continuing with the routine. If you are looking for a good booster I recommend you try The Ordinary Vitamin C Suspension 23% + HA Spheres 2%, available on DECIEM (UK), Beauty Bay (UK), on Mankind (US & Canada), and on The Hut (US & Canada) and that will help you rebalance your skin tone.
Similar to the boosters, the masks help us to take better care of our skin by helping it to stay cleaner or hydrated (depending on each specific product). We can differentiate between two basic types of masks: the sheet masks (one-use paper masks, currently very popular with the rise of Korean cosmetics) and creamy-textured masks.
The application of the sheet masks is simple, you just have to place them well on the skin, making sure they cover all the possible surface (so that their active ingredients can be absorbed well) and let them rest for as long as the container indicates, normally about fifteen minutes I love using the Jumiso First Skin Lightening Mask, available on Amazon that gives you a brighter skin.
To apply wash-off masks, such as clay ones, we must take the necessary amount so that there is an uniform layer on our skin (without being too thick, so as not to waste product). The ideal is to use a silicone spatula (some brands already sell them) or a plastic one, because that way you will not have to put your fingers and the whole process is much cleaner and more hygienic. Next you will have to let the mask rest for as long as the package says (usually about fifteen minutes) and, finally, rinse it with plenty of lukewarm water. As of clay masks I never tire of recommending the I’m From Volcanic Mask, which you can find on Wishtrend, that gives you a deep cleansing and leaves your skin super smooth.
I want to mention a special type of masks that are very fashionable lately, the sleep masks. The main idea is to apply them at the end of your PM beauty routine (after the moisturizer) and let them rest on the skin throughout the night, while you sleep. In this way, the skin absorbs its nutrients little by little and in the morning you only have to remove the excess product by washing your face normally. If you want to try a great night mask you should try the Klairs Freshly Juiced Vitamin E Mask, which you can find on Wishtrend.
We all know how we should apply the moisturizer (or so we think). Just in case, it is convenient to remember the most basic things from time to time. It is usually enough for me to take the amount equivalent to a pea (I like to apply it directly with the tips of my fingers, massaging the face well). For creams with a screw cap you can also use a small plastic or silicone spatula like the ones mentioned above to use them in a more hygienic way. Then you just have to let the cream absorb, I like to give it a couple of minutes to make sure it penetrates well into the skin.
- Eye contour
In this post I told you about roll-on eye contours. These are characterized by having an applicator with a small metal ball that facilitates extending the product at the same time that it refreshes the area to revitalize it.
I have also tried other eye contours (like this one from The Ordinary) that are applied with dropper to facilitate taking the right amount of product. In general, with a droplet of product under each eye you will have more than enough.
In any case, to apply the eye contour we must focus on the bone under the lower eyelid. We have to extend the product with the fingertips from the inside to the outside of the area giving soft tapping to ensure that it penetrates well (and thus reduce dark circles and bags, significantly improving our appearance). My favorite eye contour right now is The Ordinary Caffeine Solution 5% + ECGC, available on DECIEM (UK), Beauty Bay (UK), Mankind (US & Canada), and on The Hut (US & Canada).
I want to take this opportunity to remind you that using sunscreen every day is essential. And yes, you have to use it even if your makeup or moisturizer says it contains SPF. It is the most important part of your beauty routine, so do not stop using it for a single day (even if it is cloudy more than London in November). Sunscreen is the last step of all your morning routines, always. Never forget it. To apply it, you need a quarter of a teaspoon of product. I take it directly from the container in the fingertips and spread it out all over my face (taking care not to leave a mask effect) so that it absorbs perfectly. Once you have extended it you will have finished your routine and you will be ready to leave. Easy, right? In case you want to know how to choose the right one for you, you can check this post. Also, I have a very thorough comparison of sunscreens so that you can find the best one for your skin.
You see that this has been a fairly extensive post about how to use cosmetics products correctly. I hope you have been able to learn (or recall) things that you can apply daily to your beauty routines. You already know that if you have any questions you just have to leave me a comment and I will answer you as soon as possible.
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