One of the most regular question asked by skincare enthusiasts is usually centered around the right time to have a skincare routine. Is it before or after shower?
Well, we'll tell you that it is always best to do your skincare routine after shower especially if you're using any kind of exfoliant or retinol product.
If you plan on using any kind of cleansing agent or exfoliating product, it's better to do it after your shower when pores are open and unclogged from steam.
That said, I'll be taking you through the different orders you can explore in your routine and how you can maximize the benefits.
Does It Matter Whether You Do Your Skincare Routine Before or After Shower?
It depends on which products you're using.
As a general rule, you should always do your skincare routine after shower. With the exception of toners and other alcohol-based products that can be applied to damp skin, applying skincare products while the pores are open is ideal because they absorb better into the skin.
Products like serums and moisturizers will also absorb more easily into clean, dry skin than oily or dirty ones.
What Order Should You Follow for Your Skincare Routine?
The order in which you apply your skincare products is just as important as the products themselves.
The best way to ensure your skin is getting everything it needs is to cleanse, tone, and moisturize. However, there are different orders you can choose to follow. It depends on you and the type of skin you have.
1. Cleanse, Tone, and Moisturize
Cleansing should happen first so that you can get rid of any dirt or impurities on the surface of your skin. Your cleanser will also help dissolve makeup (if you wear any) so that it's easier for other products to absorb into your skin.
The toning afterwards would help to minimize pores, balance pH levels in your skin, and reduce redness from acne breakouts or irritation caused by cleansing all while helping to get it ready for a moisturizer.
Moisturizing last seals in the hydration from earlier steps as well as protects your skin against environmental damages like UV rays and pollution whilst maintaining moisture balance throughout the day without clogging pores.
2. Face, Neck, Hands
If you have dry or sensitive skin, it's best to moisturize your face and neck after a shower. If you have normal or oily skin using a moisturizer specifically for your skin type is recommended and ideal for after a shower.
If you're using a cleansing oil to remove makeup and waterproof sunscreen, then apply that first as an emulsion step in your routine (after double cleansing).
It will help break down any remaining residue while also providing some light hydration.
For this routine, it is important to start from the face first. Applying skincare products to the neck can then follow.
Once you're done, massage the skin on your hands properly and repeat until your routine is done.
3. Cleanser, Toner, Serum, Moisturizer, Sunscreen
Your morning skincare routine should always start with washing your face with a cleanser. This removes any surface impurities and makeup from the night before so that you can start fresh.
Next, use a toner to balance the pH of your skin, and a moisturizing lotion to hydrate it.
Then, apply a serum for nutrients and then finish up with sunscreen to protect yourself from sun damage.
4. Cleanse, Tone, Moisturize, Eye Cream, Serum, Sunscreen
The basic skincare routine is cleansing, toning, moisturizing, sunscreen and eye cream application. You can throw in a serum if you wish.
Cleansing removes dirt and oil from the skin. Toning balances the pH levels of the skin by restoring it to its natural state while also reducing surface oils that have been removed during cleansing with an astringent or toner. Moisturizing hydrates your skin by restoring lost moisture.
For this routine, you can try using lotions or creams. We'll recommend the Madam Glow body milk and the Elite Naturals body milk which contain ingredients like glycerin or benzoic acid that help attract water into the top layers of skin where it's needed most. This process will help to prevent wrinkles.
Face creams like our Duchess purifying face cream are especially important because they contain ingredients like caffeine, aqua, thyme leaf extract which stimulate blood flow, help your face to retain moisture, and stay hydrated so they feel rejuvenated after applying it each day.
Application of a Serum is another way to treat fine lines as well as acne scarring they're usually applied after toner but before the moisturizer.
5. Cleanse, Tone, Moisturize, and Sunscreen
The proper order for skincare products for some people is cleansing, toning and moisturizing, and sunscreen.
Cleansing removes dirt and oil from your face (and other parts of your body). Toning balances the pH of the skin. Apply a moisturizer to hydrate your skin ensure you use sunscreen before leaving the house because it protects against UV rays which can cause damage to your skin cells.
You Can Time Your Skincare Routine to Maximize Benefits
If you have a few minutes after you shower, this is an ideal time to do your skincare routine. The products will have time to absorb into your skin and the steam from the water will be able to help with hydration.
If you have more than 10 minutes, it's better to start with cleansing by using a gentle cleanser so that it doesn't strip away any of the benefits from your other products.
If you're pressed for time in the morning, then we'd recommend using a physical exfoliant (watch out for sensitive skin) because these products can give quick results without having to wait too long for visible results.
Reasons Why You Should Do Your Skincare Routine After Shower
1. The Skin is More Receptive To Skincare Products After Showering
When you’re in the shower, the pores of your skin open up and become more permeable, meaning that they absorb moisture better than if you were just sitting around with them closed up.
This means that when it's time to apply a moisturizer or any other type of product, they'll be able to penetrate deeper into the skin and do their job better than if they were applied before shower.
2. The Skin is Clean and Hydrated
Skincare products are absorbed better when the skin is clean and hydrated. You probably already know how moisturizing warm water can be—it just makes sense to use it as part of your daily routine. The warm temperature helps soften dead cells on top of your epidermis while increasing blood circulation. This leads to a healthier-looking skin overall because it encourages cell regeneration at a faster rate than normal temperatures would allow for alone.
3. Warmth Helps Open Up Pores In The Skin
This makes it much easier for cleansers or exfoliants containing ingredients like citric acid which otherwise might not penetrate deep enough into one's epidermis without being warmed up beforehand.
We hope that this article has helped you understand the importance of your skincare routine after showering and how it can help you achieve the skin you want.
Your skin is an organ, it’s important to take care of it just as any other part of your body. You can decide to follow any of these skincare routines using any of our products to achieve healthy-looking skin.