I've Got My Skincare Products, Now How Do I Use Them?

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When and how do I use my skincare products?

Getting started with a skincare routine can be intimidating and unnecessarily confusing–we get it. We’ve been there ourselves.

Not knowing where to start and being flooded by conflicting and straight-up incorrect information are some of the biggest hurdles in getting started with a solid routine.

So let’s see if we can break down the wide world of skincare into a few key guidelines. 

An easy rule of thumb: Apply your products starting with the thinnest (aka a cleanser or serum) and work up to the thickest or creamiest (moisturizer or SPF 30). 

Don’t worry, if that doesn’t mean anything to you yet. 

During your skincare consultation, your licensed aesthetician or skincare expert will go through your personalized routine, step by step, and will send you home with a written guide. They’ll show you how much, where, and when each product should be applied.

Schedule a consultation to get personalized advice and an effective routine for your skin type and goals.

Not ready quite ready for a consultation? Hop in the free Bustmob Skincare Group to get skincare tips, advice, and expertise from the community. With thousands of members, there is no shortage of questions being answered about everything from night creams to Medspa treatments like wrinkle relaxers and dermal fillers.  

medical-grade skincare consulation
Licensed Medspa provider at Amelia Aesthetics Raleigh

How often should you do your skincare routine?

Every day, twice a day, morning and night, and no more than that. There is such a thing as overdoing it when it comes to skincare.

Overwashing or over-treating your face can actually lead to more problems like dry skin and acne. 

Think of your AM skincare routine like this:

  • Toner
  • Serum
  • Eye Cream
  • Moisturizer
  • Sunscreen

Your serums are likely to be the lightest weight, while sunscreen will be thicker and also serve as a “blocker” to protect the skin, and as an added bonus makes a great makeup primer! 

And your PM routine is something along the lines of:

  • Cleanser 
  • Toner
  • Retinol
  • Eye cream
  • Neck cream
  • Moisturizer

You keen folks may have noticed some products like toner, eye cream, neck cream, and moisturizers will be used both day and night depending on your skin type and skincare goals. 

As with anything, everyone’s body and skin are different and the plan for you depends on the type of skin you have. 

A licensed aesthetician or skincare expert at a Medspa will be able to guide you in creating a skincare plan that works with your skin and addresses your unique concerns and goals. 

You may have noticed there are AM and PM skincare products. 

When it comes to your morning vs night skincare routine, turns out it does matter when you put your products on. That’s because your skin needs different things throughout the day and night.

Your morning routine is all about setting up your skin for success and protecting your skin from harmful UV rays (even when it’s raining!), pollutants, and dehydration that cause clogged pores, aging, and breakouts.

Your evening skincare routine on the other hand is all about cleansing your skin to remove makeup and environmental pollutants, repairing, and promoting skin cell turnover. Night creams are used to boost collagen and elasticity to keep the skin wrinkle-free with growth factors and peptides. 

Hot tip: If your products don’t have growth factors and peptides (the active ingredients that promote collagen), you’ve likely got something that may smell good in a pretty bottle, but you aren’t going to see any real results.  

Medical-grade skincare products are the only proven and data-supported skincare products. Anything from a general store or drugstore is considered a “cosmetic” and does not have the same regulations as medical-grade products. 

You can learn more about medical-grade skincare vs cosmetics in the free Bustmob Academy app

Skin before treatment
Skin after 5 months of a consistent medical-grade skincare routine by licensed aesthetician, Abby Grandstaff of Amelia Aesthetics Raleigh

As you build healthy skincare habits and begin seeing the changes in your skin’s vibrancy and overall health, you’ll find that a solid skincare routine is well worth it and isn’t so complicated after all. 

Found this helpful, but want more? 

Good news! This is just one in a full series of fun, factual videos on the Bustmob Academy app to make your skincare research easy.

From commonly told myths and FAQs, to recovery time and costs, Jenny Eden, founder of Bustmob, and Gretta Nance, lead educator at Amelia Aesthetics, break down your skincare and Medspa treatment research into bite-size, binge-able pieces. 

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