Your Three Ships Skincare Layering Guide: Morning & Night

Your Three Ships Skincare Layering Guide: Morning & Night | Three Ships

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So you’ve got your cleanser, moisturizer, toner, and face masks… but which product should you use first? Whether you’re a skincare minimalist or looking to pamper yourself, we’ve got the perfect skincare routine that will leave your products in perfect harmony with your skin - both day and night. 

Why order matters

No matter the price, rave, or quantity of skincare products, the order can make or break results on your skin. In other words, best practices for skincare can optimize the products on your vanity and make sure they do their job. This is  due to variations in consistency and density among skincare products that can impact what your skin absorbs and what is left out. For example, a water-based serum cannot penetrate through moisturizer, meaning that it will not contact your skin if you moisturize first. 

Sounds complicated? Not to worry! We’ve curated the perfect, simplified guide for your daytime and nighttime skincare routine below.

 

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Morning Skincare Routine

Since you are most active during the day, your skin inevitably tags along and gathers little ‘souvenirs’ wherever you go. You may be working, going out, exercising, or taking on other responsibilities and hobbies which may trap dirt, pollution, sweat, and other debris into your skin. Even more, exposure to UV rays means that your daytime skincare routine should aim to protect and preserve your skin. 

Here’s your daytime skincare routine:

Step 1: Cleanse with a gel or foam cleanser
Step 2: Condition and balance with a toner
Step 3: Hydrate with a water-based serum
Step 4: Moisturize with a day cream/moisturizer
Step 5: Brighten and seal with an oil-based serum
Step 6: Protect with SPF
Step 7: Nourish with lip products

    Pro tip: A rule of thumb to layer your skincare properly is to start off with the lightest, thinnest products and finish with the thickest or creamiest. 

     

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      Evening Skincare Routine

      Winding down from the day, your night skincare routine focuses on cleaning off the debris collected on your skin, removing any makeup or excess product, and allowing your skin to repair and refresh for the next day. 

      Here’s your nighttime skincare routine:

      Step 1: Remove toxins, sunscreen, and make-up with a cleansing oil
      Step 2: Deep clean with a gel/foam cleanser
      Step 3: Extract with a clay face mask
      Step 4: Condition and balance with a toner
      Step 5: Hydrate with a water-based serum
      Step 6: Moisturize with a night cream/moisturizer
      Step 7: Brighten and seal with an oil-based serum
      Step 8: Nourish and plump with lip products

         

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          We hope that our guide makes skincare more digestible, no matter how many products you use!

          If you would like to have more day/night skincare routine tips, check out our Expert Talk with Dr. Renée A. Beach, MD, FRCPC

          As well, specific skin concerns require customized routines. For cystic acne, check out The Best Skincare Routine to Treat Cystic Acne with Dr. Julia Carroll. For rosacea, read A Dermatologist’s Tips for a Rosacea-Friendly Skincare Routine with Dr. Katie Beleznay.

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