In the age of Instagram and Snapchat filters, the pursuit of flawless skin has never been more popular. But what if we told you that you can achieve a #NoFilterNeeded look with the right skincare routine? It’s not about hiding imperfections; it’s about nourishing your skin to reveal its natural radiance. In this blog post, we’ll walk you through the correct order for applying skincare products and the perfect amount to achieve that coveted flawless glow.
Step 1: Cleansing
The foundation of any successful skincare routine is a clean canvas. To enhance your routine, we recommend double cleansing regardless of if you wear makeup. Using an oil cleanser prior to using your regular cleanser will remove dirt, oil, SPF and makeup where the second cleanse will get deeper into the pores. Think of double cleansing as sweeping before you mop! Typically, this is recommended just at night since you’ll have more debris to remove than in the morning. We love Isdin’s Essential Oil Cleanser. Apply an oil cleanser to dry skin with dry hands, massage in, add some water and rinse. Then follow with your daily cleanser.
Use lukewarm water to avoid stripping your skin of its natural oils. Apply a nickel-sized amount to your fingertips and massage it onto your face in a circular motion for about 30 seconds. Rinse thoroughly and pat your face dry with a clean towel.
Step 2: Toning (optional)
If you have very oily or acne prone skin, use a toner like SkinCeuticals LHA Toner to remove excess oil and unclog pores 1x-2x daily. For normal/dry skin types, a hydrating mist like SkinCeuticals Phyto Corrective Mist is best. Toners preps the skin to absorb the subsequent products effectively.
Step 3: Serum/Targeted Treatment
Serums are packed with powerful active ingredients that address specific skincare concerns. Depending on your needs, select an appropriate serum (e.g., vitamin C for brightening, hyaluronic acid for hydration, retinol for wrinkles) or all the above for optimal results. Apply the recommended amount of product (listed on the bottle) to your fingertips and gently pat it onto your skin. Allow it to absorb for a minute or two. When using multiple serums, layer thinnest to thickest, water based to oil based. Shop our best selling serums.
Step 4: Eye Cream
The skin around your eyes is delicate and prone to fine lines and puffiness. Take a small pea-sized amount of eye cream on your ring finger and gently tap it around your eye contour. Don’t rub or tug at this sensitive area; instead, use a gentle, upward motion. Eye Creams – Shop WestDerm (westdermatology.com)
Step 5: Moisturizer
Moisturizing is a crucial step to lock in hydration and maintain your skin’s barrier function, regardless of your skin type. Even oily skin needs moisturizer! Dispense a dime-sized amount of moisturizer onto your fingertips and apply it evenly to your face and neck. Try our favorite SkinCeuticals Triple Lipid Restore 2:4:2 Moisturizer – Shop WestDerm (westdermatology.com) for normal/dry skin, or a lightweight, water-based moisturizer for oily skin like SkinCeuticals Daily Moisture – Shop WestDerm (westdermatology.com). Shop all our moisturizers
Step 6: Sunscreen
The most crucial step in any skincare routine is sunscreen application. UV rays cause premature aging, pigmentation, and skin cancer. Use a broad-spectrum SPF of at least 30 and apply a generous amount to your face, neck, and any exposed areas. Don’t forget to reapply throughout the day, especially if you’re spending time outdoors.
Exfoliators & Masks
There are many different types of exfoliating products and masks. How often they are used depends on the type of product, individual skin needs & tolerance, and what else you are using in your routine. As a general rule of thumb, exfoliating cleansers like SkinMedica AHA/BHA Exfoliating Cleanser should be used 3-4x per week, as it has micro-beads and exfoliating acids. A cleanser like SkinCeuticals Glycolic Renewal Cleanser is suitable for 2x daily use. A very granular scrub like Alastin ReSURFACE should be used 1-2x a week. Exfoliating serums like Isdin Glicoisdin Moderate are a superior form of exfoliation because they are left on the skin and can address wrinkles and lift pigment. Always check with your skincare professional to guide you. Masks are a nice maintenance once a week. If you have oily, blemish-prone skin try SkinCeuticals Clarifying Clay Mask once or twice weekly. All skin types could benefit from using a hydrating mask like SkinCeuticals Phyto Corrective Masque once or twice weekly.
To give you a better idea of the correct amount to use, here’s a visual guide:
- Cleanser: A nickel-sized amount
- Toner: Just enough to dampen a cotton pad
- Serum: As directed on packaging
- Eye Cream: A small pea-sized amount for both eyes
- Moisturizer: A dime-sized amount
- Sunscreen: A generous application to cover your face and neck
Achieving flawless skin is within your reach when you follow a consistent skincare routine and visit your dermatologist or aesthetician regularly. Skincare in conjunction with professional treatments will give the best results. The two work hand in hand, like eating healthy and exercising. Remember that patience is key; results may take time, but your dedication will pay off. Embrace your natural beauty and say goodbye to the need for filters. Your radiant, #NoFilterNeeded skin is waiting to shine!