By Kaleigh Fasanella
When it comes to applying your skincare, you should think of it like dressing in layers, with the lightest products applied first, and the heaviest formulas slathered on last. Of course, that’s not to say there aren’t some exceptions to the rule. For instance, face oil: while it varies widely in viscosity and can certainly be lightweight, oils should typically be the last product you put on your face because they function as an occlusive, sealing in the rest of your skincare. On the other hand, some dermatologists suggest mixing a few drops of face oil into your moisturizer to amp the hydration sans the extra shine. At the end of the day, it simply comes down to doing what feels right for your skin.
With that in mind, keep scrolling to learn exactly how to layer your skincare correctly to yield the best results possible.
BEFORE ANYTHING, EXFOLIATE
To ensure your skincare actually does what it’s supposed to do, you’ll want to start off with exfoliation to get a clean canvas. This way, your products won’t have to fight through dead skin and debris in order to penetrate effectively and do their job.
After washing your face with the Superfood Cleanser, follow up with the Yerba Mate Resurfacing Energy Facial. The dual-action microdermabrasion facial is made with active enzymes from papaya and pineapple, along with sustainable micro-exfoliants bamboo and diatomaceous earth, that lift dead skin cells and reveal a smoother complexion. Additionally, it contains aloe to prevent redness and quell any existing irritation. Simply apply a light, even layer to wet skin and wait for up to two minutes, as this allows the enzymes to activate and work their magic. Then add water and massage in circular motions before rinsing off.
Pro tip for those with sensitive skin: dilute a small amount of the Yerba Mate Energy Facial with water in the palm of your hand before applying.
THINNEST TO THICKEST
When in doubt, thinnest to thickest is the general rule of thumb to follow when it comes to skincare layering. As mentioned above, lightweight products come first, like serums, essences, and mists, followed by thicker formulas, like lotion or a whipped moisturizer.
After cleansing and exfoliating, next up are a few generous spritzes of the Adaptogen Soothe + Hydrate Activated Mist. Then apply a light layer of the Superfood Firm + Brighten Serum, which has a consistency slightly thicker than water and contains vitamin C and hyaluronic acid to brighten and hydrate—the hyaluronic acid will drink the added hydration from the mist right into your skin.
Once your serum has had a moment, it’s time for moisturizer, and with summer officially in full swing, the Superfood Air-Whip Moisture Cream is a fantastic featherlight option. However, if you have dry skin, the Adaptogen Deep Moisture Cream may be more up your alley as it contains squalane and peptides to plump and deeply hydrate the skin.
As far as oil is concerned, you have two main options: You can either a) pat a few drops on top as your last step to lock your skincare in or b) mix it in with your moisturizer for an equally nourishing yet slightly less moisture-rich effect. Those with oily and combination skin will likely be fans of the latter option, while those with dry skin will appreciate the moisture-locking benefits of the former method. Either way, the Superberry Hydrate + Glow Oil is a great go-to because it’s not too thick or greasy, yet still deeply hydrates the skin.
All of these skin-loving steps can be found in the Protect the Planet Refillable Minis Kit available here.
Written by Kaleigh Fasanella for Youth To The People