Routines aside, I've been taught by the best (Isabelle Bellis, anyone?...) and I've learned that ''application is, basically, essential' - and I quote. Cleansers, toners, other skincare ($$) may reside, but how can make all difference. So, here lands the skincare how to for cotton pad obsessives and mathematicians (put that math to the test for counting drops...). No product names (but if your interested, I'll link under term) - just pure know how.
Post breakfast nibbles -it is my favorite meal of the day, after all)- skincare is next on the map (most likely accompanied by a cup of joe). In the morning, I skip steaming and prep and head right in with rose water, the clean emulsifier which gives cleanser a bit more slip. Two to three sprays all over the face and that's sorted. A nickel sized (sorry aboard-ers) drop of cleanser gets worked into the face in upward movements, to counteract gravity, and in circles to clean the skin.
Most days, I'm lazy, and I'll reach straight for moisturizer, but if I've got a little more time on my hands, I'll do the whole nine yards. Step one: toner on cotton pad (a beauty junkies' best friend). Sweep in circles or lines, whatever floats your boat, and follow with serum. Two pumps/drops and I'm good to go. NOW moisturizer - two pumps (again...) and spread. Then, SPF. I normally squeeze a line's worth onto my middle finger to mix and apply, but, in all honesty, there's no method to my madness.
If you really want proof that I'm strange, here you go - post shower, I jaunt to the sink and grab the cleanser while my skin is still fresh from steam. Although I do my best to clothe myself beforehand, one pump and I spread all over. Yes, I don't wash my face in the shower. Like I said... Ten minutes later, the rose water gets sprayed again and I'm in for the massage, complete with 'swimming motions' and the rest of the try-hard facialist steps.
Toner? Same as morning, yet it happens far less blurry eyed. For serum, my money saving tricks are up my sleeve: one drop for the forehead and nose and another for the cheeks and chin. If my skin is really in dire need, then I apply more...disdainfully, as this stuff is expensive. Normally, I skip on eye cream in the mornings, but at night, I use a pea sized amount for a bit of nourishment. Starting at the outer corner, apply, and circle clockwise around the eye. Professional, eh? At this point, I'm probably struggling to keep my eyes open as the clock strikes twelve, so I slap some moisturizer on the face and now, to bed!
So, there's the low down of the application process, sans pushy product names. That's skincare, sorted.
P.S. For terminology explanations, see this video here.