Morning 6-Step Routine (Steps 3: Moisturizer & 4: Eye Cream)

By Minji

  • Step 3 (moisturizer): take cream the size of a nickel, rub in palms, then in “pats” combined with upward circular short strokes, moisturize from bottom to top
  • Step 4 (eye cream): take a dab, rub between fingers, and gently like you were playing a piano, tap it under your eyes first, then gradually, all around the eyes

Step 3: Moisturizer.  This step is key.  Moisturizing is everything in every day skincare maintenance, so hopefully you have a good one that works!  I like to think of moisturizer as the patty of a burger.  Sure, you need buns, cheese, and other veggies and condiments to make a good burger, but if you don’t have a patty, it’s just not a burger.  In the same way, you can’t say you’re taking care of your skin if you don’t use moisturizer.  It’s the bare minimum and the center of all of these steps. 

Sometimes moisturizers are broken out into day and night creams, which makes it confusing and even over whelming.  Basically, the main difference is that day ones tend to be lighter and include sun protection.  I say just skip it and get one amazing one for day and night.  I’m all for doubling up and layering on SPF but you can easily do it in other ways – the most effective being, wearing a double layer of sunscreen which I swear by (more on this in Step 6: Sunscreen).

Coming back to moisturizer, take cream the size of a nickel or so and rub and warm to body temperature in your hands (some brands say that this is good to release “key ingredient” but I find it generally helpful in good absorption and smooth application), then again in “pats” combined with upward circular short strokes, moisturize from bottom to top.  I know a nickel can sound like a lot, but if you’re moving from chest/neck to top of your face this is the right amount. 

Hopefully there’s some left over for your hands even.  Move on to Step 4 below immediately.

Step 4: Eye Cream.  I hope you all know already that eye cream is a must.  The skin around the eye area is much more delicate and sensitive than other places and so it makes sense to use a special formula just for this area.  It also is one of the biggest problem areas for most of us (definitely me) so you want to put in the extra effort to make sure you really nourish these delicate creatures that frame the windows to your soul.  

Since eye cream is used on targeted areas that your moisturizer generally doesn’t focus on, you can apply it right after moisturizer.  Take a dab (people say “pea” sized, but I actually think even a bit less), rub it between your fingers, and gently like you were playing a piano, tap it under your eyes first, then gradually, all around the eyes – a half inch away from the actual eye balls.  Yes, not just under the eyes, but all around the eyes – including the sides and top too.  I recommend tracing and focusing on the area right under or above your eye bones.  If you get too close, it could irritate your eyes so be careful. 

I used to only use eye cream under my eyes but as I’ve gotten older, I’ve noticed less elasticity on my lids.  It’s all the same kind of thinner more delicate skin, so make sure you cover all of it.  Again, be really careful not to rub this area.  Light taps are best to help absorb the product and boost circulation.  If you have any cream left over, apply around your mouth or any frown lines or in-between brows.  Assuming you’ve spent at least a minute on this step, okay to move onto Step 5 (face oil) immediately.  Read on for all the details on next steps!