Products Not Effective? It Might Be How You Prep

Skincare prep for products to work

Is it week two of your vitamin C treatment, and you’re still not seeing those fine lines and sunspots diminish? If you spent an entire paycheck on the product, it’s more than frustrating to see it’s not delivering the results you need.

As much as individual ingredients are important, so is the application and the prep. If you’re not washing your face before your products, you’ve already failed.

The Essentials of Prepping Your Skin

Make it a habit to get a facial once every 3 months. The process of unclogging pores and ridding yourself of dead skin cells on the surface allows for products to ultimately penetrate the skin better and produce the results they intend to!

If the prospect of a professional facial is too daunting and costly at the moment, opt for your own.

Cleanse your face: Remove all makeup and use a gentle cleanser for your skin type. You should be cleansing your face twice daily overall. Once, in the morning to remove any products you applied the night before and prepare your face for new products, and once in the evening. Choose a formula that deeply cleanses pores without stripping moisture, like Peach & Lily Power Calm Hydrating Gel Cleanser.

Exfoliate: You can use your favorite exfoliating cleanser, or make your own by mixing baking soda with a bit of water into a paste. Then gently rub in a circular motion. Be careful not of over-scrub at risk of irritating skin. You can opt for a chemical exfoliator instead of a physical one, like a beauty editor all-time favorite Cure Aqua Gel.

Open up pores: Boil a pot of water. Turn off heat, grab a large towel, drape it over your head and stand over the pot with your face at least a foot away. The steam should feel gentle on your face, not burning! If you feel uncomfortable at any point, move away and take a break. Better yet, opt for a small facial steamer like the Lonove ionic face steamer.

Deep cleansing: Use your favorite mask! Make your own natural one with the ingredients you may already have in your kitchen. A simple mask for all skin types is Greek yogurt mixed with a bit of honey. The yogurt’s lactic acid acts as an exfoliate, while the honey soothes any irritation.

Apply serum: This is where your serum gets to shine. Pat on your favorite serum depending on what skin issue you’re targeting.

Moisturize: Apply a soothing and sealing thick moisturizer to your face, neck, and decolletage. Enjoy your beautiful, glowing skin!

Before you do your next skin routine, make sure to start with cleansing again and skip the exfoliation, which you should do anywhere from once to twice per week depending on your skin type.

As much as individual ingredients are important, so is the application and the prep. If you're not washing your face before your products, you've already failed.

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Nataliya Ogle


Nataliya Ogle likes making sure others live to their full potential. She publishes articles on her primary website and works as a freelance writer for other women's interest sites. Her physical body is in New York but her presence can almost always be found online. The internet is her first love.

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