Layering skincare | Tips + Tricks to maximize the results of your skincare routine!
hey everyone welcome back to my channel if this is your first time here I’m penny I am a master esthetician in the United States and I am super excited that you’re here today we’re gonna chat about layering skincare I want to give you some practical tips on how to arrange or rearrange your current skincare routine to get the most out of it so if you’re new here I do hope that you will consider subscribing I also hope that you will follow me over on Instagram where I do fun skincare content it’s a little bit more casual I’m doing some IG TV and I will put the link to my Instagram in the description box and I do hope that you will check that out okay layering skincare there’s a couple rules of them that have been around forever the first one and one that you’ve probably heard before is to follow the thinnest to thickest clearest most watery to most opaque rule that’s a great rule to follow and a great basic way to set up your skincare so essentially what you’re gonna do is you’re gonna take your watery based things this is an essence and this would go on your skin immediately after you cleanse onto damp skin and it makes sense this would soak right in and it would almost be like your skin again right there’s nothing blocking anything else that’s going to go after it after this would be your clear serums and then after that would be your cloudy serums so you’re following the clearest to the most opaque and you’re following the consistency of water the water east to the thickest so in this example I’m going to give you guys an example routine I have three serums I have the ordinary are jerilyn I have niacinamide from good molecules and I have the versed stroke of brilliance vitamin C so we have three serums that I want to get into this morning routine after I use the essence the sukiyaki Suhana then I’m going to put on my moisturizer because it’s thicker and then finally the last thing that I would do in this sample routine would be a sunscreen right okay pretty straightforward the next tip that I want to give you then I suggest you start implementing is to follow the pH scale so many of us are introducing so many cool things into our skincare routine and we have no idea where to put them in you might have three serums that you like to use in the morning and you wonder but which order do I put those serums in okay so we’re going to go over that first thing you need to understand is the pH scale in a nutshell it runs from 0 to 14 and it measures the acidity or the alkalinity of a water-based solution so everything from 0 to 7 essentially is an acid and everything over 7 is an alkaline pretty much everything that we deal with in skincare pretty much is on the under 7 it’s an acid of some sort our skin is actually somewhere between 4.
7 and 5.7 naturally that’s just where we sit our skin is slightly acidic and it needs to be there it’s a very important reason for our skin to stay slightly acidic it helps to protect us from bacteria and viruses and fungi and all of that kind of stuff so preserving that particular part of our skin is important to the pH okay so what I suggest by following the pH scale when it comes to your skin care is you follow in an ascending order meaning you choose the things with out of out of the grouping so if we’re going to use my example we we’re looking at the serum section because that’s where we have three things and we’re not sure what order we want to put them in so we know that our zero lean is a 4.
5 to 5.5 that is it’s ideal pH and if you are wondering how you figure all of this out two things number one I’m going to put a graphic up with lots of things that have their ideal pH but number two a simple Google search will render what you need to know you can put in our zero lean pH and it will tell you exactly the pH that our cheryline likes to sit so this is not that difficult and you can simply look at your skin care routine assess the pH of the things in your routine and put them in ascending order so our zero lean likes to be between four point five and five point five niacinamide likes to be between five and seven and sodium is Korbel phosphate that’s the vitamin C that’s in here it likes to be at 6.
5 now you might wonder well when it has a range which number do I choose I personally always choose the first number so our zero lean for example likes to be between four point five and five point five I call this four point five I just take the first number same thing with niacinamide it likes to be between five and seven I just consider the five that’s how I figure it out otherwise it starts to get very confusing with ranges and where do I put it and that kind of stuff so that means this our Geralyn would go first in this sample routine because it’s four point five the niacinamide would go next because it’s five and then finally the last of these three serums would be the sodium ascorbate phosphate because it likes to be at a six point five you just follow up the pH scale that is how you know when you have several things in your routine which order you put them in then you’re still going to follow with your moisturizer you’re still following the thinnest to thickest and the most clear to the most opaque but within your routine lots of times we have multiple things that we like to layer that’s when you employ the pH scale we’re trying to respect the pH of each of these products so that we don’t render them less effective so just following that little rule will help every one of our serums work a little bit better now something else that you can take away from this is if you have a couple products that are really far apart on the pH scale let’s pretend for a minute that this one wanted to be at three and this one likes to be at six two things you can do number one you can go ahead and use the lower pH first of course because it’s lower you can still go up and then you can wait you can wait you know thirty minutes and then apply the next one that is more than two apart on the pH scale anytime you’re more than two a part of the pH scale give it a little bit of time and wait that is up for debate I know that there are some skincare nerds out there that are going to tell you and me that wait times are pointless they don’t make any difference and that might be true but if you really really want to use two products in the same routine that are that far apart on the pH scale I’m a better safe than sorry do a little wait time and get set them apart a little bit the second thing that you can do is simply remove one of them from your routine it may not be important enough to have all of these products in your routine if they are that far apart on the pH scale perhaps it’s a good idea to take something out of your routine it never hurts to edit your skincare routine okay another tip that I want to give you that it’s probably paramount to all of this is to follow the directions of any product that you use and that’s super super important because lots of products that are out now have special instructions in order for them to work the best for you so if those instructions conflict with anything that I’m telling you right now your pH scale or thinness the thickest the rule that you follow first is the directions on the box that’s the most important thing and that might fall back on now you need to edit your routine you need to remove some things and simplify so that you can follow the directions okay now the last thing that I suggest is if you want to edit your skincare routines you want to remove a few things but now you kind of miss that one thing that you don’t use do your skin care routines in blocks do six to eight weeks of a skin care routine this is what I am doing right now be consistent with what you are doing trying and adhere to all of the rules of thinness to thickest clearest to most opaque following the pH scale editing your skin care so that you take anything out that doesn’t fit and then in six to eight weeks assess how your skin looks how you feel what you’re liking what you’re not liking and reevaluate at that point you can apply all of these rules again you can reintroduce some of the things that you’re missing pull some other things out and start over again six to eight weeks gives you enough time to kind of assess if something’s working for you if you’re getting the results that you want and it gives you time to actually use of your products so don’t be afraid of you know kind of doing block increments and being super consistent and following the rules of layering in a certain time frame okay so those are some basics of course there’s so many caveats that we could have you guys I mean we know that right now in skincare there are a million things on the market that can throw a little wrench into the works here right so simplify it edit your skincare routine down take it down if it is overwhelming and it is too confusing to you then you probably have too much going on in your routine simplify it I hope that this was helpful please leave any questions down below because I will try and answer them as I can I am gonna put some of these graphics on Instagram so that you can you know look at them in still form and then very very soon my website is going to be up and I will have printables and all kinds of stuff for references for you guys I hope that you are having a fantastic week that you’re staying safe and healthy and I will talk to you in my next skincare video take care