We checked in with Yolanda Zhou of The Pond’s Institute to discover more about why we shouldn’t skip steps in our routine.
Step 1: Start with makeup remover — if needed, of course
Yolanda Zhou: If someone is wearing makeup, then it’s always better to start with a makeup remover, which is a stronger formulation to dissolve makeup. If you’re not wearing makeup, then starting with a normal cleanser to remove impurities is enough for daily care.
Step 2: Cleanse thoroughly with facial wash
Yolanda: The cleansing step doesn’t need to be too long. The general rule is to squeeze the recommended amount of facial wash onto your hands before gently massaging it in — starting from the T-zone, which is normally oilier, before moving on to the rest of the face. One minute should be enough.
Step 3: Bring on the toner
Yolanda: There are two types of toners. A cleansing toner helps to remove dirt and dead skin cells. A normal toner hydrates and awakens skin for better absorption of the following product.
Step 4: Put on your mask
Yolanda: Masks always go on after the toner. Hydrated skin is healthy and functions at its full capacity, and therefore can better engage with the mask — meaning your skin is ready to receive and absorb the mask’s key ingredients. Choose a mask with active ingredients that’ll improve the effects of a regimen, for example, hydrating ingredients for dry skin or brightening ingredients for dull skin.
Step 5: Slip in a serum
Yolanda: Serum normally has a higher concentration of active ingredients. And many serums are relatively light, fast-absorbing liquids used as an alternative or in addition to creams or lotions, if you are pursuing more intense care. This is an optional, but useful step.
Step 6: Slap on the moisturizer
Yolanda: Moisturizer is both hydrating and protecting. In the morning, you’ll want to use a day cream to nourish and protect skin from UV rays and other environmental aggressors as it forms a barrier on the skin. At the end of the day, a night cream is enriched with a higher concentration of moisturizing ingredients to keep skin nourished all through the night.
Step 7: End off with eye cream
Yolanda: Don’t forget this step. Always use an eye cream at night as the skin is much thinner in the eye area, and therefore needs special care and a lighter touch — by massaging with your ring finger.