Monday, August 31, 2015

Layering Your Skin Care

If you take your skincare seriously (which you very likely do if you're reading this blog), you probably own a lot of high-quality skincare products, and you probably use multiple ones per day. If so, good on you for taking such meticulous care of your skin!

But wait...Vine Vera does have one question for you: how do you use your multiple products all at the same time? Do you know how to put all that stuff on your face in a way that reaps the most benefit out of every product, such that they all work together to keep your skin flawless? Or are you just haphazardly spreading it all on without thinking and ending up with a face full of different kinds of gunk that are inhibiting each others' effectiveness more than they're helping?

Layering is a tricky business, but it's an art that any good skincare enthusiast has to master. Maybe you don't even know where to start, or maybe you're a layering pro, but either way, an overview is always helpful. 

Vine Vera's here to show you how to layer your products to squeeze as much benefit out of them as you possibly can. Do remember to wait a good several minutes between each layer so it dries properly, or else you may end up with a lot of pilling.

Cleanse Before You Do Anything
You can't nourish your skin if it's covered in dirt, sweat, makeup, and other debris. Grab your favorite gentle cleanser and wipe it all away!

Start with Sunscreen (Maybe)
Why maybe? Because whether or not sunscreen needs to be your first step depends on whether you're using a physical sunblock or a chemical sunscreen. If you're using a chemical sunscreen (the majority of commonplace sunscreens you'll see on the market), it must go on your freshly washed skin. Confused about the difference between physical and chemical? We'll talk about it in a later step.

Serums Happen Now
If you're using any serums, rub the designated amount of each into your face now, one at a time if you're using more than one.

Time to Moisturize!
At the core of any good skincare routine is a fantastic moisturizer. We recommend any of our various moisture creams, found in Vine Vera's various collections. Whatever you're using, though, massage a liberal amount of it into your face.

Got any Skin Oil? Do it Now
Skin Oil” refers to oils that are safe to use on the skin and won't clog your pores. Oils can go on top of moisturizers and still penetrate pretty well, giving your skin some much-needed mosturization after having natural oils stripped away by cleanser.

We recommend Jojoba oil, but you can also use coconut, olive, or avocado oils, just test them first to make sure they don't cause pimples on your skin type.

Using a Physical Sunblock? You Can Put it On Now
Physical sunblocks are sun-protection products that use the active ingredient(s) zinc oxide and/or titanium dioxide. Unlike most sunscreen, they can go on above other layers of skincare products and still do their job correctly, meaning your serums, moisturizer, and oils will penetrate and nourish your skin much more effectively. They're also less likely to irritate your skin, and if you forget to reapply, you'll probably be fine, because they don't degrade overtime (that said, we still recommend you reapply every couple hours just in case), so we highly recommend using a physical sunblock instead of a chemical sunscreen.

You're Done!
Let your skincare layers dry, and go ahead and start on makeup if you're using any!

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