How to Layer Your Skincare Products for Max Results

Practicing good skincare habits include using the correct products for your skin type and targeted concerns. But did you know that the order in which you apply your skincare products matters, too?  

How you layer your skincare will affect your results. Applying products with a thicker consistency first will create a barrier that makes it harder for thinner consistencies to penetrate. Thinner consistencies that are unable to be absorbed by the skin, won't be able to deliver the maximum level of concentrated product. Let's say you apply moisturizer (thick consistency) before a serum (thin consistency). The moisturizer has now created a barrier, making it hard for your skin to absorb the serum, which diminishes the effectiveness of the serum.

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When applying your products follow this rule of thumb: always layer from thin to thick. Here's the order in which you should be applying your products: 

1. Cleanser

Before applying any skincare product, be sure your skin is thoroughly cleansed. Use a cleanser to remove all traces of makeup, dirt, and oil. For clients with oily or congested skin, we recommend Fresh Faced Skincare's Purifying Facial Bar for cleansing. Since this facial bar can be drying, clients with normal to dry skin should use Natural Difference's Face Wash instead.  

2. Serums

Once your skin is clean, next apply your serum. Remember serums always come before moisturizers! Serums are thinner than moisturizers, and deliver a higher concentration, so you always want your serum to absorb first.

There are tons of serums out there, and you should trust an expert to help you figure out which serum is best to target your specific needs. For instance, a Vitamin C serum will help your skin with improved hydration, increased collagen production, even skin tone, and decreased inflammation. As we mentioned in our post "3 Things to Know to Maximize Your Vitamin C Skincare Results," if those are your targeted concerns, we highly recommend Natural Difference's Cellular Repair Concentrate with Vitamin C. 

3. Moisturizers 

After your serum has absorbed into your skin, lock in moisture and boost hydration by applying a moisturizer. Look for a moisturizer that contains natural humectants in it, too, which will bind water to the skin. 

Some natural humectants are aloe, algae, Hyaluronic acid, Alpha hydroxy acid, and Glycerin.

4. Eye Cream

Like serums and moisturizers, if you are using multiple eye products, you want to layer the thinner consistency first. For instance, if you use a gel to depuff, and an eye cream for anti-aging and moisture; apply the eye gel first, followed by the eye cream. 

We recommend A Natural Difference's Cobra Eye Serum applied first, followed by detoxyl eye cream for those with puffiness and dark circles. 

5. SPF 

Before you head out the door (during daytime hours) don't forget to apply a face sunscreen (and grab your sunglasses)! UV rays are everywhere. They're even present when you're driving, affecting the side of your face that faces the window. And don't be lax during cloudy days, UV rays are still present, even then. 

Don't Forget to Exfoliate! 

Layering your skincare in the proper order will give you maximum benefits. But to increase product absorption, make sure you stay on top of your exfoliation with regular peels, too. Give us a call at 302-656-0555, 302-378-8880 to book your next facial service and use your Black Friday Specials that you scored... 

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Black Friday Specials 

This Black Friday, November 24 join us in celebrating our THIRD year of business with our Black Friday Specials!  All product 20% off plus for every $100 Gift Certificate purchased, an extra $25 will be added to the balance. (Insider tip: We are including Microblading this year!) Additional gift Certificate Specials include: 

  • 75-Minute Facial: $85 ($105 value) 
  • Junior Lash Sets: $150 ($30 value) 
  • Senior Lash Sets: $170 ($30 value)
  • Current clients buy a Gift Certificate for 4 of your regular lash fills, get the 5th fill free (of same value). 

Thank you for your continuous support, and have a wonderful and Happy Thanksgiving! 

How to Know If You're a Candidate for Microblading

Shapely, natural-looking eyebrows have been trending for the past few years now. Microblading, a form of eyebrow tattooing, is a manual method of tattooing many individuals seek to achieve that coveted look.

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As we've mentioned before in previous posts, to ensure successful microblading results, it's crucial to do your homework to find the best artist for you. This includes looking for "healed" work by artists, asking people who they have been microbladed previously to see how they've healed over time, and scheduling a consultation prior to any work being done. 

This last step -- scheduling a consultation -- will help determine if you're a candidate for microblading. Unfortunately, not everyone's skin is ideal for microblading. Factors such as the condition of your skin, prior tattooing, lifestyle habits, medical conditions, plus medications and procedures, will affect whether microblading will work for you.  

How Skin Conditions Can Affect Your Results 

The overall health and state of your skin will determine if your skin will be able to heal and retain microblading pigmentation properly. Here are some conditions that can affect whether you're a candidate for microblading: 

Previous Microblading: As we discussed in our post Considering a Microblading Correction? What You Need to Know, it isn't easy to correct over existing work. While microblading isn't as permanent as traditional tattooing, the remnants of what you've had done before will still always be there. A consultation will determine if a correction is a viable option. 

Tanned/Sunburn Skin: Sunburned skin needs to heal first, before any procedure can be done. If you love being out in the sun, and especially if you have sun damaged skin; microblading will not be a good option for you.

Raised Skin: Eyebrow skin that's raised from scarring, moles, piercings, or breakouts will have trouble retaining pigmentation. 

Constant Shedding: Skin that's in a state of constant shedding (or irritation) won't hold pigment well. Skin conditions that cause shedding include psoriasis, keratosis pilaris, dermatitis, and eczema. 

Use of Topical Acne Medications: Harsh exfoliants and acne medications like Aczone, Retin-A, etc. will not make you a good candidate for microblading. It thins your skin and puts it in a constant inflammatory state. Luckily, you may discontinue these medications (with permission from your doctor) prior to treatment. 

Skin That Bleeds Easily: Skin that bleeds easily will have trouble retaining pigment. This includes skin types such as hypersensitive, thin, prone to acne, and ROSACEA. 

Oily Skin: THIS IS A HUGE ONE -- Large pores and skin that produces excessive oil will undoubtably experience pigmentation blurring. Oftentimes the excessive oil causes the hair strokes to blur together, creating a more powdered brows look, as opposed to micro-stroking.  

Deep Wrinkles: Not only do wrinkles age you, they make it more difficult for microblading, too. The feathered, hair strokes can't lay on deep wrinkles.   

Medical Conditions Play a Factor, Too

There are many medical factors that play into your skin's overall health. Thyroid conditions, autoimmune disorders, diabetes, cancer... all of these need to be consulted with your artist, as you may have trouble healing. 

It's advised to consult your doctor first. And if you're predisposed to Keloid scars (those bumps you get sometimes from piercings), that will be an issue as well.  

Don't Forget to Disclose Medications and Procedures 

If you've ever had a negative reaction to an antibiotic (e.g. rash or hives), you know how medications can affect your skin. It's imperative to disclose during your consultation, any past, present, or future medications or treatments that can potentially affect your microblading.

It's particularly important to disclose if you're taking Accutane, or using Retinols or Retin-A. These medications and treatments can make you more prone to bleeding, which will affect your results. Also keep in mind if you're a fan of Botox, you need to let your artist know when you plan to get Botox (or last got it), so they can make sure your muscles have settled first. (General rule of thumb is 2 weeks before, or wait 2 weeks after.) 

Keep in mind, just because a person isn't a good candidate for microblading, doesn't mean they aren't a good candidate for permanent makeup. Stay tuned because we'll be explaining why in an upcoming blog post.

Ready to schedule your evaluation to see if you're a candidate for microblading? Give us a call at 302-656-0555, 302-378-8880 to book your appointment.