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Skincare explained: Your 7 step skincare routine

Did you know that the sequence you apply your skincare really matters? Applying your skincare products in the proper order ensures that your skin receives the full benefits of each product every day, so you can see the best results from your routine.

Even if you already have a go-to routine, you might need to check you're on the right track or even change it up a bit to prepare for the winter weather.

Here are your simple steps to nailing your skincare routine morning and night!

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1. Cleanser  โ˜€๏ธ ๐ŸŒ™
Start by removing all your makeup and wash your face before applying any products. This helps your skin to better absorb ingredients and helps remove all the oil and dirt.

2. Toner โ˜€๏ธ ๐ŸŒ™
Toners prime your face and come with the bonus benefit of treating acne (if you've got oily or acne-prone skin) or hydrating your skin (if you have any other skin type). Choose a toner for your skin type and wait five minutes before moving on to step 3.

3. Antioxidant  โ˜€๏ธ
This step is only included in your morning skincare routine. Apply antioxidants after your toner to protect your skin and counteract damaging "free radicals" (pollutants).

4. Serum  โ˜€๏ธ
The fourth step in your morning skincare routine is a serum, which is extremely concentrated nutrients and hydrators to improve skin health or target certain conditions like breakouts or redness.

5. Retinol  ๐ŸŒ™
Retinoids help to speed up cell turnover which can have a dramatic effect on skin, helping to boost collagen and smoothing out your lines and wrinkles!

6. Moisturiser  โ˜€๏ธ ๐ŸŒ™
Moisturiser is an essential part of your skincare routine as it infuses your skin with hydration and traps in all the products beneath it to make them more effective.

7. Sunscreen  โ˜€๏ธ
The last step in your morning skincare routine - and one of the most important - is sunscreen. It's your armour against the outside world and sun damage, which is one of the leading causes of premature ageing, pigmentation and skin cancer.

You can discover all the products you need for a safe and effective skincare routine here on our online shop.


If you would like to speak with a Skin Therapist or Skin Doctor about your skin concerns, please call us or book your appointment online.

Written by National Skin Cancer Centres