We all know that it’s important to take care of our skin. But what products should we use? Which comes first? These are questions we’ve always wanted to know. In this post, Daily Vanity shares with you a few simple skin care rules you can pick up today.

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More than basics

Yes, we all know – cleanse, tone, moisturise. But what if we recruited more items into our stash? What should the order be?

General guideline: Start with the lightest formulation. That’s because the heavier ones will prevent the penetration of the lighter ones. Therefore, you’ll always start with the liquids (e.g. Kiehl’s Acai Toning Mist or SK-II Facial Treatment Essence), then gels (e.g. Lancome Visionnaire), followed by lotions and creams (most moisturisers). Your serum and emulsion should come somewhere between liquids and gel or gel and lotion, depending on its texture.

What do I need?

Take a look around any pharmacy or malls. It’s not hard to realise that there are one million beauty products around and most of which sound like something that you’d need. Choose products that are relevant to your skin’s condition.

For instance, if your skin is dry, you’ll need more stuff to hydrate it; if you have acne, you might need some targeted treatment gel; and if you have pigmentation problem, whitening might be at the top of your priority list.

But that aside, a good rule of thumb: choose something with sun protection in the day to defend yourself from UV damage and antioxidants in the night to fight any free radicals from UV damage.

One moisturiser for both day and night?

Daily Vanity doesn’t really believe in one-size-fits-all moisturiers. Moisturisers in the day should lock in moisture for super long hours and preferably comes with protection against pollution and maybe sun protection. Moisturisers in the night should help in repair and renewal. They should be the one that come in super-luxe fragrances to help you sleep better too!

And if you have two moisturisers that you don’t know are for day or night, use the lighter one for the day and save the richer one for the night.