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Putting face stuff on in the right order

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miccymaccy Wed 29-Apr-20 14:49:51

Just turned 40 and trying to up my face game. Confusing myself with what to put on when. Google keeps telling me different things so thought I'd ask the wise birds of MN.
So after washing my face ...

Morning: hyaluronic acid, eye cream, spf30 moisturiser then face oil

Evening: retinol, eye cream, moisturiser then face oil

Sound right?

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SpongeBobJudgeyPants Wed 29-Apr-20 14:56:04

Hmm. Thinking that the face oil in the morning, after your SPF will dilute the SPF factor. Otherwise not much help, and watching with interest. I have tended to keep my routine simple for the same reason.

NotInTheMorning Wed 29-Apr-20 15:03:34

That sounds fine to me! The only thing I would say is that your spf should be the final step in the morning so that it can work most effectively. Also some people prefer to put their eye cream on before anything else because that way you get the maximum benefit from what is usually a fairly expensive product. Have you ever read Caroline Hiron’s blog? That’s my go to for information on skincare, she has a cheat sheet on routines which might help you.

That said if it’s working for you I’d carry on, I don’t think you can go too far wrong as long as you start with a clean face and end with moisturiser/oil or an spf if it’s the morning.

miccymaccy Wed 29-Apr-20 15:20:16

Oh thanks I'll read up in her - I used to just wash and moisturise so all a bit new to me but determined to not look like a handbag.

Any eye cream you'd recommend? I'm using No7 at the moment but open to ideas @NotInTheMorning

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Ladyglitterfairydust Wed 29-Apr-20 15:50:04

I would second reading Caroline Hirons, there’s a wealth of information. I think your eye cream should be first each time. SPF is definitely a last step because nice it’s on nothing else can get through to your skin.

NotInTheMorning Wed 29-Apr-20 19:54:01

I'm using the clinique moisture surge gel one which is really nice but it honestly just depends on what your skin is like, your budget, whether you're prone to puffy eyes etc etc. I'd definitely have a read of Caroline Hiron's blog, and she has a youtube channel too, there are heaps of recommendations. Also just a warning, if you do look at the routine on her cheat sheet it's really useful for getting a sense of what goes where, but it's very "full on" and it's probably not really necessary to be using ten different products every morning and evening (unless you want to of course!)

Haver74 Wed 29-Apr-20 22:38:52

With your routine:
Eye cream
Hyaluronic acid (assume that's a serum not a toner?) If it's a toner, before eye cream!

Retinol - wait 20 mins, then
Eye cream

Haver74 Wed 29-Apr-20 22:45:14

Should have said, if you want to up your game, add in another decent serum - something with vitamin c or an all-rounder like Clarins double serum. Also probably a glycolic acid toner on days you aren't using the retinol.

miccymaccy Thu 30-Apr-20 17:13:17

@Haver74 thanks for the tips - what does glycolic acid do? I've added vit c to my morning list

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SpongeBobJudgeyPants Thu 30-Apr-20 18:10:22

@Haver74 using Clarins double serum at night, would you leave that 20 mins before eye cream too?

Haver74 Thu 30-Apr-20 19:05:01

It's a great exfoliater and good for general brightness and tone.
Only wait 20 minutes to use anything else after a retinol product. If you're just using serum, use it after your eye cream and then you can add an oil and/or moisturiser as soon as it's sunk in.
If you want to use retinol and the serum, just wait 20 minutes after applying the retinol.
Hope that makes sense! smile

Haver74 Thu 30-Apr-20 19:08:00

Sorry, exfoliator not exfoliater!
Pixi glow tonic is good and you can buy a smaller size for £10.

miccymaccy Thu 30-Apr-20 19:37:07

Another question - if you are going on holiday, how many days before would you stop using retinol? Thanks!

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Haver74 Thu 30-Apr-20 19:46:35

I would say, if you've been using it a while and have no irritation, you don't need to stop at all. After all, people who live in hot climates use it!
Just make sure you whack on the SPF 30 or above smile

Writersblock2 Thu 30-Apr-20 20:58:36

If you’re using other things, like a vitamin c cream etc. Then when do you add them in? Is it right that you’d apply the water soluble first then oils after?

GrimDamnFanjo Fri 01-May-20 01:45:28

I use vit c in the morning only as it shouldn't be used at the same times as a retinol.

chocolateneededrn Fri 01-May-20 01:55:10

You should be using a separate moisturizer and SPF, there's not enough SPF in combined to protect your skin smile

miccymaccy Fri 01-May-20 08:13:52

@chocolateneededrn which SPF do you use? Is it ok under make up?

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