Skincare Questions You Were Too Afraid To Ask

Remember when you were at school, and your teacher would announce on the first day: “No question is a stupid question!” Well, that applies to this blog, too. Absolutely no question is too silly, and I hope that the following questions below will be able to settle this for you.

Why do I need a skincare routine?

Any routine is good to have. In relation to skincare – it just means that you are looking after and protecting your skin. It also means that you’ll be presenting any skincare concerns such as acne, pigmentation, or ageing, if you are to stick to a skincare routine.

What is a toner for?

A toner is used as a step after cleansing, to remove any makeup/dirt that may be left on the skin. Its purpose is to also hydrate or treat the skin depending on the type of toner that you have. For example – a hydrating toner or an acne clearing, salicylic acid toner.

What’s the difference between a serum and a moisturizer?

Serums are lightweight and contain specific ingredients that target certain skincare concerns. They are considered more “active” than moisturizers. Moisturizers are richer and are applied last in the routine, to lock in moisture and provide hydration to the skin.

What does “non-comedogenic” mean?

As fancy as it sounds, all it means is non-clogging. If someone is acne prone, it’s a good idea to opt for ingredients that are non-comedogenic, so that the skin doesn’t become clogged and can still breathe.

My morning moisturizer has SPF 15 in it, is that enough?

While using a moisturizer with a SPF is a good start, its likely not enough to protect the skin from UV rays. In most cases the amount of the moisturizer applied to the skin is not enough for general protection. As well as that, a lot of times the moisturizers with built in SPF’s don’t offer broad spectrum protection- as in UVA and UVB protection.

What is the skin barrier?

The skin barrier is the outermost layer of the skin and is responsible for protection against environmental damage (UV and free radicals), prevents water loss and maintains overall skin health. Its crucial for the overall health of our skin.

Is it okay to use expired skincare products?

While I hope you wouldn’t eat expired food, the same goes for the skin. Using expired products on the skin can cause stinging, sensitivity or may even burn the skin.

I use my body cream on my face- is that bad?

Body lotions are generally thicker and can contain ingredients that might clog pores or irritate the more sensitive skin on your face. It’s best to use a product specifically formulated for facial skin.

Are sheet masks any good?

Sheet masks are great for delivery quick, but short-term results. For example, they may offer a bright, hydrated effect on the skin, but they are not active, nor strong enough to be your only option to resort to.

What does it mean to double cleanse?

Double cleansing involves two cleansing steps. Generally, the first step involves using an oil or balm-based cleanser to “melt” away at oil and makeup. The second cleanse will involve a gel cleanser for example, that will deliver a good, refreshing cleanse, ready for the next steps in your routine.

I use acne products even though I don’t have acne, is that bad?

Using acne products on the skin without being acne prone isn’t a very good idea. It would be like taking heart medication to prevent heart disease. The ingredients I acne products are formulated with active ingredients, whose job is to cut through oil and eat away at bacteria. This may leave your skin sensitized, and even the opposite of what you want – cause acne.

In conclusion, understanding skincare basics is key to maintaining healthy skin. No question is too silly, from routines and products to SPF and non-comedogenic choices. With the right knowledge, you can achieve glowing skin. Keep asking questions and enjoy discovering what works best for you.

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How To Layer Your Skincare

Have you ever purchased products from a salon and been left feeling completely overwhelmed, and totally unsure on how to use them and in what order? This is where the beauty of layering comes in handy. Layering skincare products and knowing when to apply them is crucial in achieving healthy, glowing skin.

What is skincare layering?

Skincare layering is the process of applying products in a specific sequence to get maximum benefit from the active ingredients, as well as having it work in synergy with the other products applied afterwards.

The correct order of skincare products

Here’s a guide to help you identify the correct order in which to layer your skincare products:

  1. Cleanser: a cleanser is used to clean the face of makeup or dirt. Its second purpose is to prepare the skin for absorption of other active ingredients later in the routine.
  2. Toner: a toner is used to remove any leftover makeup or oil that a cleanser may not have been able to remove entirely. It also balances the skins pH level so that it works optimally.
  3. Serum: serums are concentrated ingredients that often contain “actives”. Serums are used to target skin concerns, such as pigmentation, aging, or acne.
  4. Eye cream: the under-eye area on the face is an extremely delicate area, due to the skin being thin. Eye serums are great, as they help with signs of ageing, puffiness, or dark circles.
  5. Moisturizers: a moisturizer is done to ‘close the pot on the cooking’ – and in this sense, it encloses the active products that were applied to the skin, ensuring hydration and lack of premature product evaporation.
  6. Sunscreen: if you’re a regular here, you would’ve read in almost every blog now, my obsession with SPF. At the end of your skincare routine (but before applying makeup) always make sure you finish things off with a SPF. This is non-negotiable and helps prevent aging and skin cancer.

Common mistakes to avoid

While layering is very important, there are a few common mistakes to watch out for:

  • Over-layering: over layering can mean that too many products are working on the skin at one time, leaving it susceptible to irritation or damage. Only ever use the essentials, and if you want to introduce a new product, make sure its done slowly without bombarding the skin.
  • Incorrect order: using products in the wrong order can mean that their efficacy is reduced. Don’t put in all that hard work for nothing!
  • Skipping SPF: skipping SPF means that the skin has been left wide open for damage. Apply your SPF every single morning as your last step in your skincare routine.


By following a structured approach, you can enhance the effectiveness of your products, address multiple skin concerns at once, and maintain a healthy, radiant complexion. Remember, the key to successful skincare is not just the products you use, but how and when you use them!

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