The Ultimate Skincare Routine Order: Building an Effective Routine

In the busy lives that we lead today, taking care of our skin may often be an overlooked task or feel overwhelming, but it doesn’t have to be! Maintaining a proper skincare routine is vital to ensure that our skin stays healthy, radiant, and youthful. Understanding the correct skincare routine order is an essential part of building an effective regimen that caters to individual skin needs - ps. you don’t need a 10-step regime to have a glowing complexion. Let's dive into the ultimate guide to the ideal skincare routine order for mornings and nights.

The Ultimate Order (... but you don’t need all of these)

In the Morning

1. Cleansing

This is your first must-have. Most likely, the only thing you’ve done is sleep since your last face cleanse but regardless, this is still the first and foremost step in the ideal skincare routine order. Your complexion will thank you for removing remnants of overnight skincare, excess oil, and debris that may have accumulated overnight.

We recommend our Secret 2-in-1 Oil Cleanser & Makeup Remover. Formulated with nutrient-rich ingredients like Camellia Oil, this product gently removes impurities, transforming into a milky emulsion for a smooth, residue-free complexion. It nourishes the skin's lipid barrier, reducing tightness, and is perfect for use in the morning followed by the rest of your Secret Skincare regime.

2. Hydrating Serum

Serums are lightweight and generally water-based, containing high concentrations of active ingredients like antioxidants and hyaluronic acid, that penetrate deeply into the skin. Though optional, their inclusion can be a game-changing way to elevate your skincare routine and improve your skin's vitality. Choose one that targets your specific skin concerns, whether it's ageing, dehydration, or dryness.

We recommend our Face Serum. Designed to work perfectly with our prescription range, this serum is your skin's multi-tasking hero. Readily absorbed, it replenishes and aids the skin's healing process. A supreme necessity in your skincare routine, this versatile serum is perfect for morning or night-time use.

3. Eye Serum

Eye serums generally include gentle ingredients to address the delicate skin around our eyes. If you’re already applying moisturiser and sunscreen, rest assured that your eye area is receiving the tender loving care it requires. But if you want to take one step further, an eye serum can specifically target puffiness around the eye and help brighten the area. 

We recommend our Brightening Day Eye Serum, also known as beauty sleep captured in a bottle. Designed to be used as your morning pick-me-up, depuffing, brightening, and hydrating the eye contour, it also acts as the perfect canvas for any concealer.

4. Moisturiser

Moisturiser is your second must-have skincare product. Moisturisers keep your skin hydrated and help to lock in the beneficial ingredients from your previous steps. Remember to allow the product to be absorbed for 5 to 10 minutes before applying makeup, if that's your next step.

We recommend the Day Brightening Elixir as your daytime Secret to luminous skin. Formulated with active ingredients into a luxuriously smooth and nourishing daily elixir, our doctors intended to promote a smoother complexion and reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, bringing together a glowing complexion.

And there’s more! Introducing a gentle, nutrient-rich moisturiser that can be used every morning for those looking to utilise a product without potent active ingredients like Vitamin C. Our new Base Cream is the perfect prep step for a dewy, hydrated base. Find out more and get excited for the latest ideal addition to crafting your morning beauty regime.

5. SPF SPF50

Sunscreen is the third and last must in the skincare routine order. It protects your skin from harmful UV rays that can cause premature ageing such as fine lines and wrinkles. With the number of alternatives out there, be sure you find one that feels just right.

We recommend our Solar Serum SPF50, a luxurious SPF50 solution that offers superior UVA and UVB defence. With its lightweight and hydrating formula, it provides a radiant finish, making it ideal for everyday wear. The universal peach undertone lends a natural touch, seamlessly evening out the skin tone and enhancing your complexion.

At Night

1. Double Cleansing

After a full-on day, all you need is fresh and clean skin to go to bed. Make sure you double cleanse at night to correctly remove dirt, makeup, oil, and other impurities from your skin. If you wear makeup, it’s time to put the makeup wipes aside as these can irritate or cause breakouts, and instead, opt for a cleansing oil followed by a creamy cleanser that fits your skin type.

Once again, we recommend our Secret 2-in-1 Oil Cleanser & Makeup Remover. This product gently removes makeup and all impurities, as well as nourishing the skin's lipid barrier and reducing tightness.

2. Eye Cream

To rewind the clock as you sleep, we recommend our Cellular Repair Night Eye Cream. Formulated with prescription-strength retinoid and a gentle delivery system to the delicate eye contour, the benefits include smoothing out deeper lines and diminishing pigmentation. It’s The Secret to your smoothest, brightest, and most youthful-looking eyes yet.

3. Night Cream

Night creams are usually thicker and more nourishing than day creams. They work with your skin's natural repair process while you sleep, contributing to a smoother, firmer, and more toned appearance. Often, the active ingredients support collagen production, enhancing the skin's elasticity and resilience. As a result, it helps diminish the visible signs of aging such as wrinkles, fine lines, and sagging.

We recommend our hero product, the Secret Cellular Repair Night Cream. With its prescription-strength composition, it’s engineered to cultivate healthy skin cells. Why focus on healthy cells? They serve as the foundation for a smoother, more even-toned, and radiant complexion.

4. Enzyme Exfoliant

An enzyme exfoliant is a gentle exfoliant suitable for those using prescription skincare. As the name suggests, natural enzymes work for total cleansing of the skin by peeling the top layer and revealing a brighter, fresher, and smoother complexion. Use 1 to 2 times per week on your off nights of your Secret Night Cream.

Customisation and Consistency

Our skincare routine order is not just a mere sequence of products; it is a carefully crafted journey towards healthier and more radiant skin. By following the steps, understanding your skin's unique needs, and adhering to the routine, you will find your way to the glowing skin you always desired.

Remember consistency is key. A proper skincare routine won't yield results overnight. It requires persistence and regular follow-up.

Whether you’re looking to add the perfect products to your skincare routine, treat a specific concern, or are interested in finding out if medical grade and prescription skincare is the right option for you, The Secret is here to guide you on your journey to clear, glowing skin. Let's make your skincare routine not just a mundane task but an indulgent ritual that you look forward to every day.

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