I get quizzed a lot about my own skincare routine and also whether it really matters what order you apply your skincare products in.
Q: Is the sequence and regularity with which you apply your skincare products important?
A Korean skincare regime can consist of anywhere up to 10 phases, starting out with a double cleanse. That can work out to be quite an investment in both time and money if you purchase the full product line up.
That’s why I wanted the My Perfect Cosmetics range to be highly targeted, highly effective, deliver instant and long-lasting results and also be accessible price wise. A basic foundational daily regime should be practical, affordable and available to everyone.
My number one golden skincare rule
There’s one thing that has to be non-negotiable. No matter what, no matter where…
I never ever got to bed with my makeup on.
Tempting as it might be just to crash out and grab your beauty sleep, one of the keys to maintaining great skin is always to remove your makeup before bed.
Sequence does matter and here’s why.
By applying your products in the proper order, you can ensure that your skin really does receive the full benefits of each product. Your skin is like a shield and is designed to keep so many things out. Like daily dirt and grime, environmental pollutants and the damaging effects of the sun.
However, the skin care products we use are designed to penetrate the skin and let vital anti-aging ingredients in.
All the My Perfect Cosmetics products are lovingly and scientifically formulated to work in harmony with each other, and if you don’t apply them in the correct order, then you just won’t be getting the best results out of your skincare routine.
Just as you eat Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner in that order, so too should you be Cleansing, Toning, and Moisturising.
Step by step guide on how to layer the My Perfect Cosmetics products
So in case you are wondering which product goes on top of which, here’s my top tip.
Tip: Apply your products from thinnest to thickest or from liquid to oil.
You also want to use the products that contain the most active ingredients first so that they can penetrate the skin, finishing up your regime with products that need to sit on top of your skin to deliver daytime or overnight hydration.
My day and night routines do slightly differ, and there are a couple of specialist products that I specifically apply once or twice a week to deliver the best on-going results. Like My Perfect Facial, my complete anti-ageing face lifting treatment which I use twice a week when I’m filming ads for the TV, and I really need to achieve smooth, radiant skin for the camera. Shooting in high definition picks up all your flaws, so I like to give my skin an extra helping hand.
My morning regime is all about PROTECTION.
I always start my day with My Perfect Wash, our luxuriously lathering facial wash that leaves my skin feeling squeaky clean but intensely nourished and hydrated. It’s gentle but deeply purifying and helps to maintain the skin's delicate PH balance. It’s packed with Amino acids which really help with cell regeneration plus it smells just divine too.
Lots of time, testing and attention really went into the development of My Perfect Wash as I wanted it to deliver an intensely moisturising feel and create not just clean but visibly luminous skin too.
Another trick is to go for multi-tasking products that will save you both time and money. For example, My Perfect Day is an essential daily moisturiser plus it contains powerful anti-ageing peptides so you can do without a serum.
My Perfect Day includes a popular ingredient called Argireline Peptide which basically acts like Botox, reducing frown lines and wrinkles, along with collagen, the building block of the body, for softer and smoother, younger looking skin.
My morning routine consists of the following products:
- Antioxidant Serum
- Eye Cream
My evening regime is all about REGENERATION.
Your skin naturally repairs itself at night and so your evening routine should be all about treating your skin to what it might be currently lacking. If it’s looking dull, treat yourself to an exfoliating treatment or enzyme peel and if it’s feeling irritated, then ensure that it is richly hydrated and protected. You can afford to go for richer and more luxuriously textured creams at night.
I use My Perfect Wash at night. It’s the perfect everyday foaming cleanser and I love it’s gently non-irritating formula that deeply cleanses my pores and removes all traces of that days makeup without stripping my skin of essential oils.
The final product that I always apply before I go to bed is My Perfect Night. I like to call it my bottled beauty sleep!
It’s super-hydrating and visibly transforms dull and lack-lustre skin overnight, revealing intensely plump, nourished and dewy skin when you wake up. High in Vitamin E and antioxidants, as well as the anti-ageing miracle ingredient, Ameliox, it’s a hard-working, multi-tasking and richly repairing night cream. I also treat my skin to an enzyme peel one a week and use a face oil 2-3 times to complement my existing regime.
Below are the products I use each night
- Toner or Serum Booster
- Eye Cream
- Specialist treatment serums, creams, peels or pads
- Hydrating mask or face oil
- Intensely moisturising night cream
I hope that’s given you a good insight into how to get the best results from the My Perfect Cosmetics range of products.