Most of us use several skincare products on our faces every day: sunscreens to protect it from the sun rays and avoid premature aging, moisturizers to add moisture and keep skin in good condition, antiaging serums to prevent the first signs of aging, products with retinoids to fight wrinkles, exfoliants to remove dead skin cells and reveal the brighter skin underneath, treatments for acne and other skin conditions we may have… Using so many products can be really confusing and we often wonder if we are applying them in the right way. We have already discussed what is the right order to apply multiple skincare products but, after we’ve applied one product, how long should we wait before slathering on the next?
When to apply the next skincare product
I often read in magazines and hear people say that we should wait about 5 minutes after we’ve applied one product before we slather on the next, but is that really true? If we’re using several products, we certainly don’t have the time to wait that long when getting ready in the morning! On the other end, if we wait too little, we risk that our skincare products won’t be well absorbed by the skin and thus, be less effective. So, how long should we wait? Well, there really isn’t any fixed amount of time to wait, it simply depends on the products you use and the amount you apply.
Once we’ve applied a skincare product, we simply need to wait until it is absorbed into the skin. When our skin is dry again, then we can proceed with the next product. That’s because if skin is still a bit tacky, it means that not all the product has sunk in yet and so it may prevent whatever we’re using next from being properly absorbed too. Of course, the more amount of product we apply, the more time it will take for it to sink in. If it’s taking more than a minute, then we simply used too much and need to remember to use less next time. Luckily, a small amount is enough to provide benefits for the skin so there really is no need to slather on a lot as you’ll just be wasting product. The only exception is sunscreen, which should be applied liberally and generously.
How long do you wait before applying the next skincare product?