Caring for skin that is dry is as tough as caring for skin that is oily. Does it really matter when and in what order you apply your skin care products? We asked the skin experts the same question we ask ourselves every time when we buy a new skin-care products or add another step to our routine: In what order should we apply skin care products and does it matter?

Most people with dry skin, suffer from uncomfortable flare-ups of red, itchy and flaky skin. Mature skin, winter weather, and irritating skin care products may have contributed to your condition. To help your dry sensitive skin feel and look healthy, you need a simple, daily skin care routine that will work for your dry skin. This article will help you establish a good skin care routine, and provide sensitive skin care tips to help your skin become smooth, healthy, and hydrated.

STEP #1: CLEANSE WITH CLEANSER

In the morning, start by splashing your face with warm water or, if you must, wash with a gentle face cleanser designed for your skin type.When choosing a cleanser, look for one that’s made with hydrating ingredients, like hyaluronic acid, and that doesn’t foam. These products remove dirt and oil without disrupting the outer skin layer the way that some foaming cleansers do and also smoothen skin.

STEP #2: TONER

Most people choose to skip toners, partly because that most toners are harsh and irritate the skin. Fortunately, that’s not the case anymore now. While they don’t physically shrink pores, but they can serve multiple purposes, like act as a delivery system for antioxidants, vitamin B derivatives and even toning acids.

Additionally, each type of toner is intended for different skin issues, so it’s important to use the right kind for your skin concern. Face cleansers are now so much better balanced than toners are not a required step for us, particularly in the morning when your face is clean from being washed the night before. Alcohol-based toners contribute to over-drying of the skin by stripping the protective oils, and water-based toners are a poor vehicle for getting active ingredients into the skin.”

STEP #3: Choose a Light Moisturizer 

Yes, everyone needs a moisturizer. If you have any special creams for dry patches, now’s the time to apply them, before picking a thin daily moisturizer for sensitive skin. Just apply a thin layer of this, massaging it in with circular motions. Even though your body has its own natural lubricating system consisting of glands that secrete oil to maintain a protective coating against harsh outside conditions and infections, most of us do need extra hydration.

Most experts recommend that the best time to apply a moisturizer is while the skin is still damp, so the sooner you go through applying your serum and treatment, the sooner you’re able to lock in much-needed hydration with your moisturizer. If you’re using an acne spot treatment, you may want to skip those areas when applying your moisturizer to make sure the ingredients in it won’t interfere with the active ingredients in your spot treatment.

STEP #4: SUNSCREEN

Make sure your sunscreen is broad-spectrum (protects from UVB and UVA rays). This helps protect your skin, and if you choose a moisturizing cream for your skin, it will also help you keep your skin hydrated throughout the day. Sunscreen should be the last step in your daytime skin care routine if you’re using a physical or mineral sunscreen, which works by physically blocking the UV rays. If you apply your chemical sunscreen before your moisturizer, your moisturizer will not work as well either because the skin is coated with a chemical sunscreen. As for those who like using chemical sunscreens, try to look for formulas that offer moisturizing benefits, so you can get your daily hydration needs while protecting your skin.

Final Thoughts

Aside from the order of application, some experts believe it’s also important to consider the time it takes for your skin to absorb your products. since most of us are often in a rush to get somewhere, My advice? Keep your skin care routine simple. Many products say you have to wait anywhere from five to 30 minutes before the next step to ensure proper absorption, but who has time for that? If you make it too complicated, you just won’t do it..

Another piece of advice? Listen to your skin gorgeous. Remember that you are unique and that nobody else has your skin. No matter what experts say, it’s important to find what works for you and to always be kind to your skin.