Proper product usage is half of the success for clear skin.
The first step to great skin is using great products. We have you covered in that area with our PoreInfusion line. This line was specifically formulated to be safe for acne clients and produce great results. However, in order to get the best results, you have to use the products correctly.
In what order should I apply my skincare products?
Think Thin to Thick
The general rule when applying skincare is to start with the thinnest product and end with the thickest product. Your routine may look something like this: cleanse, tone, treatment serum, moisturizer. It’s an easy enough protocol to follow but we find that our clients can get confused when there are two products that are similar in consistency. They are not sure which order they should go in and this often results in misuse. Here are a few tips to help guide you through your products.
Here is where the confusion usually lies. It’s obvious that your first step is always to cleanse, then follow up with your toner. Clients who suffer from acne or who are working on a specific goal like anti-aging, repairing damaged skin or brightening hyperpigmentation can often have a few options when it comes to the “treatment” step.
Serums are the most potent way to deliver specific ingredients into your skin as part of your home regimen. These products should always be applied on freshly cleansed and toned skin. Once they are allowed to absorb into the skin, it is safe to move on to your next step. This could be a moisturizer for your unique skin type. Follow your specialist’s recommendations to get the best results.
Here’s an example:
PoreInfusion Sensitive Skin Wash→PoreInfusion Hydrating Toner→PoreInfusion MultiPeptide Anti Aging Serum/ PoreInfusion Mandelic Serum→Poreinfusion Vitamin B Lotion→PoreInfusion Clear Shield SPF
These are two of our most regularly used treatment serums and they create a perfect harmony together. When you come for a consultation, you will be given specific instructions on how to use these serums in conjunction with one another. The amount of time left on the skin as well as when it is applied in accordance with other products does matter if they are expected to work correctly and not irritate the skin. When you come in for your regular treatment, we will always ask you to explain your morning and evening routine so we can check that you are using it properly. If a client is experiencing irritation or inadequate results, it is usually because the products are being misused.
This treatment serum is used to decrease oil production and exfoliate the inner lining of the pores to prevent clogging. It contains benzoyl peroxide and is available in three strengths. If this is your first time using a product on your skin that contains benzoyl peroxide you will apply Acne Gel for a specific amount of time, then rinse it off. Once your skin becomes acclimated to it, you will leave it on all night while you sleep. Most of our clients will never go higher than the lowest strength which is 2.5%, but in more severe cases we might bump you up to a higher level if we need more help to get that inflammation under control. We may adjust the strength of this treatment serum according to your skin’s sensitivity level. Once you have acclimated to the Acne Gel (approximately about 10 days), or when more moisture is needed, you will most likely add another serum to the mix: HydraGel.
This treatment serum is one of the most important and often misused in our line. While clearing acne, it is essential to maintain proper moisture levels to ensure the health of the skin and prevent an overproduction of oil. HydraGel is technically a moisturizer, but I just call it a hydrator. It is a light, gel-based serum full of hyaluronic acid and soothing panthenol to replenish lost moisture in the skin.
Because of its unique water-based gel consistency, it is used in the routine where a treatment serum would be used. HydraGel should be used before you apply your Acne Gel and go to sleep. It is meant to absorb into the skin and deliver moisture at a deeper level. It will not sit on top of the skin and make your skin feel soft like a cream or lotion. But it is essential to supply your skin cells with water to prevent dehydration. If you use it in the a.m. it should always be followed by a moisturizer such as the Vitamin B lotion.
Here’s an example:
PoreInfusion Sensitive Skin Wash→PoreInfusion Calming Toner→PoreInfusion HydraGel→ PoreInfusion Acne Gel 2.5 to leave on all night. If you are dry you may apply PoreInfusion Vitamin B Lotion 45 minutes after the application of Acne Gel, just before bed.
Your holistic skin specialist will always tell you the exact order in which you should use your products. Never hesitate to ask for assistance or present any concerns. You can set up a virtual check in to review your product usage and results at any time. We are here to guide you every step of the way!
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If you are ready to end your struggle with acne and start living the clear skin lifestyle reach out to us 732-410-4452 or book your appointment online. Virtual consultations are also available to get you started. We are here to help!