What’s the correct skincare order?

What’s the correct skincare routine order?

It’s time to embrace layers not only as part of your wardrobe but as part of your skincare routine. While you may have figured out the basics – cleanser before moisturiser – you’re not alone if you’re confused where your serum and SPF should fit into your skincare routine order. Here’s our guide how to keep things in order and layer your skincare like a pro.

Why is layering important?

Your skin is as unique as you, so needs a bespoke face routine order to match its bespoke needs. Unfortunately, there isn’t one skincare product for everything. Wouldn’t that be ideal? In the absence of a miracle cream that does it all, layering different products packed with different ingredients can help to manage a multitude of skin concerns.

Your skincare step-by-step guide

1. Cleanser

While it may seem obvious to cleanse your skin at night after a day of wearing makeup and being exposed to all kinds of dirt and dust, residue also builds up overnight. To get the most of your skincare products, it’s best to start your day with a clean, fresh face and a thorough cleanse first in the morning too.

2. Vichy Minéral 89 Hyaluronic Acid Booster

A handy way to remember the order of skincare products is to layer them in terms of their texture, with the thinnest going on first. Our hydrating Vichy Minéral 89 Hyaluronic Acid Booster gel serum absorbs into the skin to drench it with moisture and leave it plump and protected before what comes next. Enriched with Vichy’s highest concentration of Thermal Mineralizing Water (89%) and hyaluronic acid, it’s designed to strengthen the skin barrier to protect your skin from daily aggressors such as pollution.

3. Serum

Incorporating a vitamin C serum into your daily routine can not only help your skin look firmer but brighter too. That’s why vitamin C was the most searched for skincare ingredient of 2020. Our Liftactiv Supreme Vitamin C Brightening Skin Correctorcontains more vitamin C than 20 oranges (15%) and has been shown to brighten skin in just 10 days. Thanks to its protective properties against pollution and environmental threats, you’ll want to layer your vitamin C serum on in the morning before your favourite moisturiser.

4. Moisturiser

No good skincare routine is complete without a good moisturiser. As your skin can lose around 500ml of moisture each day, look for a moisturiser that compensates for moisture loss and includes hydrating ingredients like hyaluronic acid to prevent dehydration lines from forming. Our Aqualia Thermal Light Moisturising Day Cream has a lightweight texture that’s suitable even for oily skin types but is still packed with hydrating ingredients including Vichy’s Mineralizing Thermal Water to lock in moisture and leave skin feeling fresh and hydrated for up to 48 hours. If your skin is naturally dry or very dry, layer on its rich alternative for its thicker, nourishing texture.

5. SPF

Even if it’s the winter and it feels like a long time since the sun was warming your skin, you should still finish your skincare routine with a layer of SPF in the morning. This will be the first thing that the sun encounters, so it should go on last to protect your skin from sun ageing and undoing all the good work your serums and moisturisers have been doing to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Our anti-ageing Liftactiv Supreme Day Cream SPF30 targets wrinkles while also helping to stop new ones from forming because of UV damage, thanks to its SPF protection and hydrating hyaluronic acid enriched formula.

Shop the full Vichy skincare range at vichy.co.uk.

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