It might not be enough to moisturize daily and swap on a touch of lipstick before heading out the door. There are actually a few ways to make your beauty and skincare routine more effective, where you're really reaping the rewards from your effort and time. Plus, as your body gets particularly dry and rough during the wintertime, these tips can be a total skin saver. (Here are a few ways to combat dead skin in the winter.)
If you're a beginner when it comes to skincare, don't worry. A lot of people are! Beyond having set makeup products and cleansers, there's a lot to know about the skin and aging that people just haven't discovered yet.
And, while you can try new products on the market to see if there's improvement in your skin, like snail mucus, for example, it really comes down to how you're using the products you have. There are a couple of beauty mistakes that are more common than you think, so you'll want to make sure you're not unintentionally sabotaging your regimen.
Sleep With A Humidifier
"Using a humidifier at night while you sleep keeps the skin on your face and hands from drying out, and it helps keep your pores open to allow nighttime products to work more effectively," she says.
A humidifier puts more moisture into the air, which helps keep your skin smooth and prevents chapped lips and cracked hands. (It also helps get rid of dark circles under your eyes.) Your skin can absorb more moisture overnight without heavy, pore-clogging products, and hydrated skin will allow your night time creams and serums to penetrate more deeply, she explains.
Wait Before Applying Foundation
Let your moisturizer and eye cream sink in before applying foundation to really make the most of your products. "Applying makeup and powder immediately after can interfere with the powder and leave you looking greasy. Too much under eye cream will cause concealer to cake in fine lines," she says.
Here's what to do. "Wait 5 minutes after applying your moisturizer and eye cream before continuing with the rest of your face. Also, be careful not to apply too much of either product, which can also lead to a greasy look and clogged pores," she adds.
Apply Products In Proper Order
There's actually an order when it comes to layering your products, so take note. "The order in which you apply your facial products determines how effective they are," says Dr. Batra.
"Serums are a great way to add extra moisture and concentrated active ingredients into your routine, but applying them after moisturizer won’t allow them to penetrate into the skin," she explains.
Instead, always layer your products by consistency, from thinnest to thickest. Wash your face, and then apply serum, moisturizer, and then sunscreen. Makeup should be the last step, she says. And there you go, a beauty-boosting routine for fresh, glowing skin!