Having a skincare routine is necessary for your overall skin health. Regular skincare can help to protect your skin’s overall resiliency. However, not everyone’s skincare routine will look the same. You might want to take into account your skin type when choosing skincare products. You may also want to adjust your routine for the various seasons of the year (drier in the winter, more humid in the summer) as well as your age and any other skin concerns you have.
It’s important to put your skincare products on in the correct order as it can impact how well your skin can absorb the products and the ingredients. In general, you want to start with the lightest weight product first and then go with your heavier weight products. For example, if you are using a hydrating liquid toner, a creamy eye cream, a facial serum, and a thick moisturizing face cream, the toner is the lightest weight and should go first. Then you would put on the oil-free serum followed by the creamy eye cream and last would be the thick moisturizing cream.
You shouldn’t need an entire overhaul of your skincare routine as the seasons' change, however, you might want to make slight changes based on the weather. For example, winter tends to be drier, so your skin might need extra moisture and hydration, whereas the summer tends to be more humid so your skin might be oilier and need skincare products to help control oil. Regardless of the season, sunscreen is a must for every day, sunny or cloudy.
The clean industry grew out of frustration at the lack of regulation in the personal care category. It began with various organizations and retailers self-regulating the industry by classifying certain ingredients as harmful and not suitable for use in personal care products. There is no scientific consensus to support all the claims of these organizations regarding which ingredients are “safe” to use in personal care products, however, there is some scientific evidence showing that a few ingredients could be unsafe to use topically including MI/MCI (Methylchloroisothiazolinone and methylisothiazolinone), fragrance mix, and formaldehyde.
Many manufacturers put an image of an open jar on the back of their packaging. Inside the jar will be a number with the letter M following it. This is known as the “Period After Opening” or “PAO”. The M stands for month and the number is how many months that product will be good once it is opened. For example, 3M means that once you open the product, you will want to replace it after 3 months.