Most of us have cabinets heaving with skincare products to achieve beautiful skin or tackle an outbreak of spots. You might also have a serum to soften lines and plump skin, a facial mist to calm inflammation, and a moisturiser for radiance. But are you getting the glowing skin you desire? If not, it could be down to the order you’re applying your products.
The order in which you use a product, before layering it with others, can make a huge difference to how effective your skincare routine is.
The best way to apply skincare is to go from lightest to heaviest. For example, a serum is of a much lighter consistency than moisturiser, so it goes on first. But the exception is if you need an active product like an acne treatment or a skin brightener to work on your skin. In this case, you want the active product closest to the skin. Give each product time to dry as you work through your morning routine. Fit one in between making a coffee, then put on a second product before brushing your teeth. The final step, moisturiser, is the key to any layering routine, because it seals serums on your skin, which can make them more effective.
The rules for layering aren’t set in stone though, just make it work for whatever your skincare needs are at the time – while also taking into account seasonal changes or to fit your nighttime routine.
Read on for our cheat sheet to layering skincare.
Oily and acne prone skin
All skin types, even oily and acne prone, need proper hydration. But with this skin type you want to balance oil and calm breakouts, so avoid using too many products. Rather than piling on a serum, lotion, and spot treatment, try a multitasking moisturiser that contains antibacterial ingredients, such as Sukin Oil Balancing Mattifying Facial Moisturiser. This fantastic product is enriched with bamboo charcoal to promote healthy pores, and leaves the complexion mattified and balanced.
The more hydration, the better for dry skin. Oils are more quickly absorbed into the skin so choose an oil serum/facial oil such as Neal's Yard Rehydrating Rose Facial Oil post-cleansing. Layer on a thicker day cream, and if you’re experiencing redness due to dry skin, try blending a small amount of a calming serum with a hydrating serum in a process called “cocktailing” which should clear that up.
Normal to combination skin
This skin type doesn’t require a lot of extra products. But if you’re prone to breakouts in the T-zone area, use an oil control product like Murad Oil-Control Mattifier SPF15 in this area only, for a blemish-free, shine-free complexion.
Whether dealing with rosacea or eczema, sensitive skin responds best to gentle products and fewer ingredients. Apply a simple, unfragranced moisturiser like Liz Earle’s Superskin Moisturiser to sensitive skin first, and layer serums on top. The cream will reduce the potency of the serums but it means they’re less likely to irritate skin.
Don’t be afraid to cocktail skincare products to increase the benefits needed for this skin type. If using products to target ageing skin, like age spots, dryness, lines, and wrinkles, end your nighttime routine with an anti-aging retinol like SkinCeuticals Retinol 0.3 per cent. Use it over a serum and a cream, as moisturising helps retinol to penetrate better with less irritation.
An old staple, created in the 1970’s for an exotic dancer, we never fail to go back to our favourite, the Benetint cheek and lip stain. Just the right amount of rosy in one drop gives you that sexy flush and it's kiss proof too!
This gloss, stain, lipstick; all in one combination is perfect for that infusion of long lasting translucent colour. The watery intensity comes with a 10 hour hydration effect and stays on the lips without drying them out.
This best seller two-in-one lip tint and gloss works towards giving you stunningly glamorous lips. One side of the product works towards giving you vibrant colour through a gel based tent while the other end keeps your lips glossy and hydrated.
This cream-to-powder matte lip and cheek tint is vegan, hypoallergenic, gluten-free and free of all parabens and sulphates. Changing from liquid to powder finish on application, the tint gives a vibrant pout that’s waterproof too!
Yellow Maybelline is an amazing mascara. I use this one too.
Painless (relatively!), hygienic and quick - three magic words to look for when it comes to waxing, especially that of our bikini lines. If you have been seeking high and low for qualified technicians, here’s a list of Singapore’s favourites who make a Brazilian or your other waxing needs, easy-peasy.
15 Island-wide outlets makes Strip as convenient as waxing can get. Offering a range of strip options on their menu (Boyzilians included), there’s a reason they’ve been around 15 years! Stamp collector? You can get rewards each time you go strippp.
This beauty stalwart boasts of over 60,000 clients regionally and have 5 branches across our island! Using only the top waxing brands from Australia, they guarantee an ‘almost painless’ brazilian wax and within 20mins flat. What’s not to love!
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Dedicated to only waxing, for both women and men, Nude Wax Parlour is a haven for wax fanatics. With Bikini waxes starting at just $20, it’s easy on the pocket too! Indulge in some post wax loving with their comforting masks or a tea-tree soothing lotion and it will be as if the wax never really happened.
Honeypot are dedicated to the best standards of hygiene when it comes to ahem, your sweet spot. Using special in-house wax, and no double dipping of spatulas allowed, there’s no wonder Honeypot reign supreme as customer favourites, year after year.
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This popular Japanese beauty salon from caters to celebrities, models and trendsetters in Tokyo and is equally gaining popularity in our sunny shores too. While their facials are certainly the talk of our town, NUA specialize in hair removal using techniques derived from the Brazilian bush (pun intended!).
April from Expat Beauty room is highly recommended and sought after by expats in Singapore. After 25 years of gaining experience in Sydney, April moved to the red dot to help with our beauty needs. They cover everything from fab facials to waxing galore - safe to say, you are indeed in trustworthy hands.
Grooming gurus at the Private Room, take care of everything from your brows to your toes. Need a quick wax during lunch hour? Their easy CBD location means, this can truly be a lunchtime ‘quickie’. Throwing a bachelorette? Their Naughty Night Out party package, ensures there’s enough pampering and cheeky fun to go around the room, for everyone!
Shaving hair from our faces, legs, armpits, and other parts of the skin is a daily routine that millions if not billions of people follow.
However, many shavers around the world believe a pervasive myth about the practice: that hair grows back stronger or thicker after being razored off.
"That's not been demonstrated to be so," Kurt Stenn, a biologist who's studied hair for more than 30 years, told Business Insider.
We asked Stenn about the notion during a video shoot, since he's a hair follicle scientist who recently dove into the mechanics, evolution, culture, and history of the subject in the book "Hair: A Human History".
Stenn said it's easy to see why people believe the myth. When people shave their hair after awhile, he said, the hair often feels very thin.
"But then they see the hair comes back thicker," he added. "In fact the bottom portion of the hair shaft that's shaved is already thicker."
(Shaving hair removes a thinner part of the shaft, leaving behind its thicker base. As it grows, the follicle thins from wear — but seems thicker-than-normal at first.Business Insider)
This thicker part of a hair follicle's shaft is the first to emerge from shaved skin, giving the appearance and feel of thicker-growing hair. Yet this thick base naturally wears down into a thinner tip over time as the hair continues to grow.
However, there may be at least one interesting ramification of closely shaving your skin when it comes to hair growth.
(Kurt Stenn.Business Insider)
"If you roughen it up, the hair will be stimulated to grow back," he said, adding that it's just not yet proven the hair grows back thicker.
"Scientists have tried to demonstrate, to test this idea, and some scientists claim that this occurs," he said. "But usually the science is not very good. I don't think it's ever been demonstrated clearly that cutting or roughing your skin causes the hair to come back thicker — it comes back quicker."
Like the rest of us, Stenn isn't growing any younger and would love for this to be true.
If it were, he added: "Then balding should go away. It doesn't."
What about microblading ? How many of you have it instead of daily applying an eyebrow pencil ?
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