Applying your skin care products is probably something you think you have down pat. Open the bottle, squeeze it out, put it on. What’s so hard? Well, not to have a “you’re doing it wrong” moment, but you might be doing it wrong. Probably not colossally wrong, but wrong enough to be at risk for certain skin reactions.
Dr. Sue Ann Wee of Schweiger Dermatology Group in NYC explains, “Many patients come in with both irritant and allergic contact dermatitis from their beauty products, especially from overlapping active ingredients on their skin.” She’s no stranger to treating acne flare-ups and sunburns caused by beauty products, either.
And let’s face it. When it comes to beauty products, we tend to buy, apply, and ask questions later. Instead, we should be consulting with a dermatologist about the right products for our skin types first. The following pointers from Dr. Sue Ann about how to apply certain products are a good starting point, but it’s still best to find a derm near you to talk about specific products for the safest results.
OK, so your skin product army is lined up in front of you. What’s first? According to Dr. Sue Ann, start with the cleanser. No surprises there. Depending on your skin needs, you can follow with an exfoliating cleanser, usually only needed at nighttime. Next, apply toner, serum, face mist, eye cream and face oil or another moisturizer, in that order (all are optional based on your skin types and skin concerns).