Does the order really matter when using skincare products? The simple answer is yes.
Absorption plays a key role in which order the products are best used on the skin. Products that contain oil or composed of heavier creams are meant to be used after lighter and faster absorbing serums. This way, each product can be used to its full potential and benefits. A good analogy would be drinking on an empty stomach; alcohol will hit stronger and faster than if eating while drinking alcohol, and even slower when having a drink after a meal.
The Correct Order
1. Face Cleanser- Used daily, during or after the shower to deep clean pores. This gets rid of oil build-up from drinking, stress, fatigue, dirt, and any environmental pollutant. It's the first step in clearing the way for other products.
2. Face Scrub - Best used 2 to 3 times weekly. The skin regenerates while the top layer dies off. This dying off of skin cells can cause oil build-up or cause the skin to become prone to bacteria, unless a scrub is used at least 2-3 times a week.
3. Face Serum - Applied daily. A thin, fast-absorbing product meant to replenish depleted nutrients caused by stress from long nights or early mornings.
4. Undereye Serum - Daily use. Slightly thicker than a serum and meant to relieve tired eyes.
5. Face Cream - Applied daily. Creams hold a higher concentration of larger sized molecules and are slower to absorb, but are excellent products to protect the skin. They usually include antioxidants, anti-stress, and anti-fatigue ingredients. A night cream can also be used with more active and heavier, non-pore clogging oils for the skin to regenerate more efficiently.
Things to Consider
Taking the above routine, it is always good to remember that the lifestyle and DNA of a person are unique. Finding what works best for each individual is a process of trial and error. Check out ingredient lists on each product and find out what blend works for you.