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Thursday, June 21, 2012
Get the Most from Your Skin Care Products
This video is part of the Dermatology A to Z: Video Series, which offers
relatable videos that demonstrate tips people can use to properly care for
their skin, hair and nails.
Get the Most From Your Skin Care
Products: Dermatologists Say the Sequence in Which You Apply Skin Care Products
Influences Their Effectiveness
Consumers often spend hundreds and sometimes thousands of dollars a year on
skin care products in an effort to improve the look of their skin. From
anti-aging serums to acne medications, many adults and teens regularly apply
medications or treatments to their skin.
But does the sequence in which skin
care products are applied influence how well the products work? Dermatologists
“Medications or treatments should be applied directly after washing your
face,” said board-certified dermatologist Susan C. Taylor, MD, FAAD. “This
ensures that the medications or treatments are properly absorbed by the skin.
Otherwise, people may think a product isn’t working because it’s applied in the
To maximize the effectiveness of skin care products, Dr. Taylor recommended
people take the following steps when caring for their skin:
1. Wash your face. Use a gentle cleanser and gently pat dry.
2. Apply medication or treatment. If you are using a medicine or other
treatment on your skin, you should apply this right after cleansing unless
otherwise recommended by your dermatologist. When applying any cream around
your eyes, use your ring finger, as it is the weakest finger and will not pull
too hard on this delicate skin.
3. Apply moisturizer and/or sunscreen.
4. Apply makeup, if desired.
“It’s important for people to know that using several products at the same
time may not only negate the benefits of each product but also irritate the
skin,” said Dr. Taylor. “Using too many products may cause redness, stinging
and dryness of the skin, especially if an anti-aging product is included. The
signs of aging may then be more noticeable. A dermatologist can address any
questions or concerns that you have about caring for your skin.”
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