August 09
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The Right Order For Your Basics

One of the keys to maximizing the benefits of any product in your daily skin-care regimen is to apply products with a thinner consistency before the thicker more creamy ones, no matter what their active ingredients are. Products with heavy consistencies can block lighter-weight ones from penetrating the skin and doing their job.

Here is a sample application order :

1. Liquids, such as anti acne or light peel pads for exfoliating and collagen building, or any kind of toner.

2. Serums or gels, which are more viscous than a liquid but less so than a lotion and can do everything from moisturize to deliver vitamin C or offer sun protection.

3. Lotions, which are milky, slightly thicker liquids, and can include moisturizers, moisturizers with sunscreens, and moisturizers with antioxidants or exfoliating acids.

4. Creams, which can do all of the above but are thicker, richer substances that won’t spill out of a jar if it’s turned over.

5. Ointments, generally petrolatum-based solids that come in a tube and squeeze out very slowly, such as Vaseline.

The exception to this rule of thumb is that any form of sun protection, be it in a moisturizer or not, must be applied before any other product (except a liquid). Its defensive ingredients need to cling directly to skin in order to be most effective.

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Dr. Dennis Gross
Your Future Face
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