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Should I apply my skin care products in a certain order?


Get the most from your skin care products

Using too many products may irritate the skin, especially if you are using more than one anti-aging product. This often makes the signs of aging more noticeable. The sequence in which you apply your skin care products affects how well the products work. Dermatologists recommend that you apply products in the following way.

The sequence in which you apply your skin care products affects how well the products work. Dermatologists recommend that you apply products in the following order.

Follow these steps:

  1. Wash your face. Use a gentle cleanser and gently pat dry.

  2. Apply medication or treatment. If you are using medicine or other treatment on your skin, you should apply this right after cleansing. When applying any cream around your eyes, use your ring finger, because it is the weakest finger and will not pull too hard on this delicate skin.

  3. Apply moisturizer and/or sunscreen.

  4. Apply makeup, if desired.

Using too many products may irritate the skin, especially if you are using more than one anti-aging product. This often makes the signs of aging more noticeable. See a board-certified dermatologist if you have questions or concerns about caring for your skin.

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