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The Correct Way to Apply Skin Products

How To Apply Skin Products 

Fragile sign under the eye

      General Rule: Lightweight Products should go under heavy ones. 


Serum:   Serums will stick to dirt and dead skin. For maximum absorption, cleanse the face thoroughly, and while skin is still damp, massage two peas size drops of your favorite serum over your face for 60 seconds.

Retinol cream: To reduce irritation, wait 20 minutes after washing the face before applying retinoids to the skin. Applying a retinoid cream on damp skin will cause it to absorb faster, increasing the chances of redness and irritated skin. Retinol, especially prescription retinol, will lose its effectiveness in sunlight. They should only be applied at night. Less is more. Apply two pea size dabs over your face and one pea-size amount on the neck and chest.


Moisturizer: If you have noticeably dry skin, use a moisturizer twice a day; If you have oily skin, use it once a day, preferably at night. Pay close attention to the cheeks and area around the mouth, as they tend to be the driest. To trap moisture on the surface of the skin, apply moisturizer on damp skin. Pat and massage for 60 seconds. DON'T RUB!


Sunscreen:  To ensure full protection when applying sunscreen, start with about a quarter size amount and apply on the outside of the face first near the hair and jawline and move inwards. 


Eye Cream:  Apply a pea-size amount of eye cream under the eyes and on the UPPER lid close to the brow bone. Creams tend to travel at least an inch downward after being applied, so if you apply directly to the lower lid or near the lash line, the cream will get into the eyes and could make them irritated or puffy. Eye creams should always be applied with the ring finger as it's the weakest finger.