Thursday, September 21, 2017

How to apply your skin care

The right techniques and order to get the most out of your routine

You probably already know that my skin care routine is one of the holy moments of my day. I can talk for hours about all kinds of different products and their function. But let’s keep it simple in this post and not start including things like essences and special treatments. I’d love to tell you all about the proper order to apply your skin care – AM and PM – and the right techniques to get the most out of your skin care routine.
To keep it very simple, I created a little cheat sheet to tell you about the order in which you should apply your skin care. Of course, you can leave things out that you don’t use, like an eye cream or a serum. (and PS: you can easily save this cheat sheet by hovering over the image and sharing it to one of your Pinterest boards!) 

Now let’s talk about a couple of techniques for you to properly apply each product – and therefore get the most out of them!



Now of course, this depends on what you use to remove your makeup. I often opt for a cleansing balm or oil, which you just put on your face with your hands and wash off. But I also really like to use a micellar water or an old school makeup remover, for which I would need a cotton pad. Take two cotton pads, apply a bit of your favourite removing product on them and start by pressing them gently on your eyes to remove eye makeup. Use circular motions to get most of your mascara off. Then just take the rest of the makeup off your face by swiping the cotton pad around. Remember to rinse your face with water before using your cleanser.

·       CLEANSER

I know not all people double cleanse – makeup remover AND another cleanser – but for me it’s a must, as I am very sensitive to clogged pores and blemishes. Every cleanser is different, some have to be used on dry skin and others have to be activated with water. Read the instructions on the product for the right use. But do give yourself a little facial massage when you cleanse, and don’t forget spots like the little crook of your chin and your nostrils. Rinse your cleanser off with (luke)warm water, but end with a splash of cold.

·       SCRUB

Exfoliation is an important part of your cleansing routine, but it’s also good to rub away dead skin cells and to brighten your complexion. I like to use a scrub two times a week after I’ve cleansed. Don’t push too hard or scrub too hastily or too long on the same spot, but gently make circular motions all over your face. Rinse your scrub off thoroughly.

·       TONER

A toner is mostly applied on a cotton pad. It’s especially good for oily and acne prone skin to help remove any excess oil and dirt and mostly contains some antibacterial ingredients as well. Don’t rub it all over your face but gently pat the cotton pad with the toner on your skin and give it a moment to sink in as well. A toner doesn’t have to be rinsed off.


·       SERUM

A serum can have many functions. It’s mostly an extra boost of moisture, but can contain a lot of helping ingredients to fight dryness, wrinkles, dull skin, … A serum mostly comes in an oily texture. I like to gently push it onto my skin and not rub it out too much, but instead give myself a little patting massage with the tips of my fingers to stimulate my blood circulation and give the serum the chance to really penetrate my skin. 

·       EYE CREAM

I must admit – I’m not very loyal to eye cream. But it’s quite important to start fighting the lines and wrinkles soon enough and to treat the skin around your eyes as delicately as it is. Always use your ringfingers: they’re the ones with the softest touch. Start at the inner corner of your eyes (not too close to the eye itself!) and make an outwards movement around your eye, applying the product to your brow bone as well.


A moisturizer, day cream or night cream is the best step to keep your skin from drying out and making it super soft. Everyone should moisturize, whatever your skin type (even the oily ones!). Rub the cream (or gel, lotion or whatever it is) between your hands first to warm it up before gently massaging it onto your face – and neck! Make upwards movements as if you’re giving yourself a face lift. You can't start with the anti-ageing massages soon enough!

And that’s it! Of course, every skin is different and needs other products and focus but giving yourself a proper pamper session AM and PM is key to a happy skin.

Hope you enjoyed this post!

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