What order should I apply my skin care products?
Step 1: Cleanser
Step 2: Prep your skin
Step 3: Toner/essence
Step 4: Serums
"In the morning we should focus more on protecting our skin from all the contaminants that we exposed to, like pollution, dirt and UV rays," says Darel. For this reason choose a product that contains antioxidant ingredients such as "a naturally stable Vitamin C" says Harvey. Vitamin C will improve "pigmentation, lines, capillaries and sensitivity" and leave the skin feeling smoother.
Retinol, AHAs, glycolic and lactic acids are all ingredients that are better used at night, as they can potentially cause sun sensitivity during the day. All these ingredients come in different strengths, so it's important to work out what percentage your skin can tolerate, and work up from there over time.
Step 5: Oil
Step 6: Eye cream
Step 7: Moisturiser
"During the day most people want to have a lighter base as they are also wearing makeup," says Enna-Cocciolone, so skip the heavy oils and creams which could breakdown your make up and cause it to transfer off your face.
The time to bring out your heavy hitters in the moisture department is right before your go to sleep - as this is when your skin does its repair work. Choose rich, luxurious creams that will create a film on your face, locking in moisture. Retinol might be even more effective with moisturiser, as it acts as a buffer to reduce irritation so you can use the product more consistently.