How To Make Your Skincare Absorb – Hence, Work – Better
Because if it doesn’t get deep into skin, you are wasting your time, effort and money
You may be very proud of your daily seven-step beauty regimen but you are wasting your time (and products) if you are not doing the right thing to make your skincare sink into skin thoroughly. Because if it doesn’t absorb into skin, it’s not going to do anything for it.
Also, if you apply too many products – and too quickly and generously – sometimes you may notice little balls and clumps of skincare on your face. Why does this happen? It’s called pilling, yes, just like what happens when you pick up tiny globs of wool and fuzz from some of your clothing. When skincare pills, it means that too much of it is staying put on your skin surface.
This is why you should always follow these steps when applying skincare products to make the most of them.
Exfoliate before applying your serums and moisturisers.
You’d want to free up your skin surface of dead skin cells which not only make your complexion look dull but also prevent skincare from penetrating skin fully. Think of dead skin cells as a barrier on your face.
To remove this build-up, there’s no better way than to exfoliate. It’s like the skincare equivalent of a makeup primer.
But here’s a word of caution: overdoing this and using the wrong product – especially if you already have sensitive skin or if you are using strong retinol skincare afterwards – can be more harmful than helpful.
Instead of a rough, grainy scrub, try an enzyme- or acid-based cleanser or exfoliator. DrGL® Post Cleanser Step 2 is an example of one. It is a mild chemical peel that gently sloughs off dead skin cells. Ideal for every day use, it doesn’t irritate skin because it uses lactic acid which also has hydrating benefits.
In fact, lactic acid is said to reduce the pH of skin which then speeds up the penetration of skincare, particularly those with ingredients like vitamins A and C, as well as hyaluronic acid.
Use the DrGL® Post Cleanser Step 2, which is a proprietary step to DrGL®, after toner and just before serum and moisturiser.
Apply skincare on just-washed skin
After cleansing and toning, don’t get lazy and delay your application of skincare. This is because damp skin absorbs skincare better; some experts go as far to say that damp skin can absorb skincare 10 times more. Wow. If you can, use lukewarm water when washing up as skin that has a slightly raised temperature can soak in skincare even more. Now, you finally know why most facials include a steaming step.
Layer your skincare in the right order
Yes, just like your office life, hierarchy exists in your skincare routine too. There is a real reason behind why you are supposed to apply serums under moisturisers and oils, for instance. Always layer products with larger molecules over those with smaller molecules so that they don’t block the latter from getting deep into skin. How do you know what’s what? In general, serums are made up of smaller molecules and creams like your night moisturisers are made up of bigger ones.