Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Lotions & Potions - What To Use When (Part 2)


Part 2 today! I'll be covering the rest of the skin care arsenal, and finish with some sample protocols.
Missed part 1? Read it here.

Serums
AM/PM
Ok, a huge category here. A bit of detective work will be required if you don't know what your serum is doing. It might fit in one of the previous categories from part 1 (resurfacers/antioxidants) but if not, I'm calling it a serum. Serums can be used morning and night, after toners and resurfacers, but before moisturizer and sunscreen. Using an antioxidant too? I do something called power blending with my clients. In this case, I would blend the 2 products together and reap the benefits of both.

"Extras" - Lip, Eye, Throat, and Spot Treatments
Anytime*
Lip and eye treatments can generally be used anytime, I personally like to apply after serums, and before moisturizer or sunscreen. For the neck, I apply in place of my normal moisturizer, AM or PM. *The one exception here would be spot treating for acne. This would be done post cleansing and toning (when applicable) before other serums or moisturizer. Think of it like a resurfacer, you want it closest to your skin to get the job done.

Moisturizer/Hydrator
AM/PM
This one is pretty easy! Use after resurfacers, antioxidants and serums, but before sunscreen. Most skins don't really need a moisturizer during the day when using a well-formulated sunscreen. The exception here is for very dry or barrier damaged skin that needs the extra support.

Sunscreen
AM
Every morning. No matter what. Rain, shine, or "just running out for a bit". Always apply last, prior to makeup. This in non-negotiable and even more important if you're using any exfoliating or resurfacing treatments listed above that can cause sun sensitivity.

A Note About Using Multiple Products
When using multiple products, it's important to keep in mind that many may need a moment to absorb into the skin before applying the next. Why? To get the full benefit of what you're using, you don't want to dilute it by adding something else on top too quickly. So always allow your serums and creams a minute or two to absorb before applying your sunscreen. This is especially important when using resurfacers. If you tend to be sensitive, apply them on dry, not damp skin to lessen the chances of tingling or discomfort.

Sample protocols

Anti-aging
AM
Antioxidant cleanser
Power-blended antioxidant serums
Eye serum
Neck Cream
Sunscreen
PM
Creamy cleanser
Retinol/Anti-aging serum
Eye serum
Neck Cream
Moisturizer

Acne
AM
Medicated wash
Toner
AHA serum
Sunscreen
PM
Non-clogging creamy cleanser
Toner
Acne treatment (alternate, every other night)
Non-clogging hydrator (alternate, every other night)


Remember, these are examples. Everyone needs a protocol customized to their unique skin. See your skin therapist! I love personalizing home care and helping you get the most out of your routine by utilizing the right product at the right time.

*I'll be taking a month off from posts and I'll be back at it in November. Yours truly is getting married! :)

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