To some people, the idea of using a serum before applying toner is taboo, but to others who may not be as experienced in how to use high-quality skincare products, it might seem like something that doesn’t really matter. At Epicuren Discovery, we’re laser-focused on creating products that will truly enhance the way your skin looks and feels on a daily basis, no matter what your skin type is or skincare concerns are. Part of what makes your routine effective is the order of your skincare regimen, which is why we’re here to help clarify when and how to use your favorite products.
Why Your Skincare Routine Order Matters
A lot of the basics of taking care of your skin make intuitive sense: you use a cleanser before applying moisturizer because the opposite approach would just wash away the product you just used. However, when you’re looking to really get the most of your products, the precise order starts to matter more because of how the ingredients interact with your skin and with each other.
Typically speaking, thinner, lighter-weight, or more watery products are more likely to absorb onto the surface of the skin compared to those with richer formulas and more oils. By putting heavier products on you won’t get as many of the benefits from those products.
As most people are aware, there’s a difference between what you need at the start of the day compared to what your skin wants at the end of the day. Here’s how we recommend you should structure your daily skincare routine.
The obvious first place to start is to get your skin clean of built-up oils that accumulate during the night. This provides a fresh start to your skin and clears away the compounds that could clog pores and prevent your nice, high-quality products from reaching the depths of the skin at which they work the best. We recommend our daily Herbal Cleanser for normal skin types or our Clarify Cleanser for those who may be concerned about blemishes.
Toner not only prepares the skin to receive potent products you’ve got ready to go in the morning, but can also promote the appearance of hydration after cleansing. Our Protein Mist Enzyme Toner can help your skin feel both relaxed and alive with a quick spray after cleansing in the morning or anytime throughout the day when you want a pick-me-up.
Serums are a great way to give your skin the boost it needs for the specific concerns you may have about your complexion. Whether it’s dry skin (Moisture Surge Hyaluronic Acid Gel), aging concerns (ORAC Age-Protect Serum) or under-eye rejuvenation (Eye Alive Serum), Epicuren Discovery has solutions for your goals.
4. Spot Treatment
We’re well aware that not everyone is blessed with flawless, blemish-free skin. As part of your routine, whether when you see a breakout or when you want to prevent one, try our Clarify Blemish Eraser to help stop the appearance of acne and keep your skin looking flawless.
To help prevent the products you’ve just used from drying you out too much, make sure to use a skin-type-appropriate moisturizer to lock in the benefits you’ve just given your skin. Our popular Nourish Daily Antioxidant Moisturizer is perfect for compounding the benefits of your final daily step: sun protection.
The leading cause of facial aging is undeniably sun damage. Protect yourself whenever you spend time outside with a high-SPF and broad spectrum sunscreen, like our X-Treme Cream Propolis Sunscreen, with a SPF 45+.
Your skin needs similar things in both the morning and evening, but what you’re likely doing after applying your products does have an impact on what you need to use at the end of the day.
1. Cleanser (Makeup Remover)
Depending on whether you wear makeup every day and/or have a dedicated makeup removal formula, you may want to use your daily cleanser twice to truly wipe away the foundation and debris your skin has taken up during a busy day. Only once your pores are free from clogs should you move on.
A lot of people enjoy our relaxing Soothe Repair Dermal Mist at the end of the day. Whether their skin is irritated or not, this mist is formulated with aromatic essential oil, to help the appearance of irritation and keep your skin feeling fresh, clean, and smooth.
3. Specialty Treatments
Twice or more per week, many people benefit from exfoliants and other specialty treatments like our purifying masks. With a variety of different directions, make sure to use as directed, which is often after cleansing but before applying your nightly moisturizer to help the ingredients sink onto your skin from either the product itself or future steps.
4. Eye Cream
Our delicately formulated Eye Cream is a perfect way to enhance the lift and color of the skin around your eyes. Use at night before final moisturizing to really enhance the natural hydration your eyes need.
Just as in the morning, your skin deserves a nutrient enriched moisturizer to help your skin look more refined. Give your skin professional care with our Evening Emulsion Enzyme Moisturizer.
Professional-Grade Skincare By Epicuren Discovery
Find your new favorite skincare routine by browsing our complete collection of professional-grade formulas, devised with decades of pharmaceutical research and natural, cruelty-free ingredients. Since we know not everyone has identical skin types and concerns, we’ve also created a way for you to quickly find new products that are matched to your unique situation. Take our Skin Quiz today to discover how your skin can look and feel its best.