Don't lie now. We all love to ‘Dr Google’ our own health symptoms from time to time, even though we know we really shouldn't.
When it comes to skin and skin care, it's always best to get your skin assessed by a real-life professional such as a dermatologist or dermal therapist like myself, either in-person or with an online consult.
That said, Googling things like 'what does vitamin C do for skin' and 'how to layer skin care' can be very handy and convenient if you have a quick/random skin question or concern.
Because there is a lot of misinformation on the internet, I've put together my expert answers to seven of the top Googled skincare questions.
Here, you'll find accurate information you can trust (that also won't send you into a Dr Google impending doom spiral).
1. 'How to Layer Skin Care'.
Let's start with this because the answer is a bit complicated.
Rule of thumb = apply your products in order of thinnest to thickest texture after cleansing. E.g. Cleanser, mist/toner, serums, moisturiser, oil, sunscreen.
This can technically work, however I recommend to consider your skin concerns and the product ingredients, too.
When you're using more than one product with active ingredients (ingredients that 'actively' cause a change in the skin) at once that both have a similar consistency, apply in the order of your main skin concern:
E.g. If your primary skin concern is congestion, apply your exfoliating serum first.
E.g. If signs of ageing are your primary concern, apply your vitamin A serum first.
E.g. If you're most worried about hydration, apply your hyaluronic acid serum first.
Oh, and I love using an eye cream before applying serums, even though they're usually thicker in texture. Why? So you don’t forget to use one, and so it’s applied directly to the eye area skin (instead of having to fight through layers of skin care at the end).
Are you still confused? Yep, it is confusing! Let’s go through some example morning and evening skin routines so you get the idea:
Morning: Cleanser > eye cream > watery, liquid mist or toner/essence > antioxidant serum > hydrating serum > moisturiser > sunscreen.
Evening: Cleanser (oil first then second cleanser if double cleansing) > eye cream > mist > your treatment product (vitamin A, chemical exfoliant containing alpha hydroxy acids or AHAs or beta hydroxy acids or BHAs) > moisturiser.
Pro tip: Damp skin absorbs products more effectively, so I like to use a mist after cleansing and before serums. I'm loving SkinCeuticals Phyto Corrective Essence Mist because it's super calming and great for all skin types.
You can watch more on how to layer your skincare products in this YouTube video below.