The best part of skincare is when you can start to see the clear,
dewy, glowing tell-tale signs that it’s working — the satisfying
rewards for a routine well followed. If you’re just starting a new
skincare routine or your medicine cabinet is already stocked full of
your efforts, getting to the glow goes back to the basics:

1. Do Wear SPF every day.
2. Do make sure you always properly cleanse.

We advocate double cleansing at the end of every day. Your toners, essences, and serums can’t penetrate properly if there’s still residue leftover on your skin.

3. Do layer your products from thinnest to thickest.

Use water-based ones like essences and serums before more emollient-based ones like moisturizer and face oil.

4. Do be gentle.

Always pat — never rub — your face when towelling off. The repetitive rough tugging can lead to fine lines.

5. Do avoid ingredients that can weaken your skin’s delicate barrier or cause irritation.

Like drying alcohol, sulfates, synthetic fragrances, synthetic dyes and essential oils.

6. Do avoid sulfates in your cleansers that overstrip your skin.

Your skin should never be squeaky clean.

1. Don’t go overboard on the actives.

One exfoliating product (ie. a toner or a serum) once a day is enough, ideally in the evening. Doubling up could overdo it and irritate your skin.

2. Don’t pick!

Injuring your skin by squeezing, pricking, and prodding zits and breakouts can lead to infection, scarring, and hyperpigmentation, which can take much longer to fade than the breakout itself.

3. Don’t forget to reapply sunscreen.

Especially if you’re going to be outdoors for prolonged periods of time or swimming.

4. Don’t rush through your cleanse:

You’ve got to take your time, massaging your cleanser in so it can work to the best of its ability, fully dissolving the dirt, oil, and sweat in your pores. That doesn’t just happen in a couple splashes.

5. Don’t sleep in your makeup.

It’s just not worth the havok it can wreak on your skin overnight.

6. Don’t forget to regularly wash things that come in contact with your face and can spread bacteria:

Pillowcases, makeup brushes and applicators, and towels.