The Importance of Waiting Five Minutes or How I Learnt Some Patience

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Once upon a time I couldn't wait even one minute before I was rushing onto the next phase of my skin care routine, and I couldn't figure out why my beautiful new products were not delivering the promised results.

After scouring the forums, blog posts and skin care guru videos I came across the answer - I was not waiting long enough between applications! 

Experts recommend that you wait five minutes - at least! - between each stage of your skin care routine. This allows the product to be absorbed by the skin and the active ingredients enough contact with the air to do their thing. 

Of course, every product is different, and the best thing you can do it familiarise yourself with the individual product's instructions. 

It might be tempting to think that the longer you leave a product on your skin the more benefit it is having, but this is not always the case. For products like sheet masks there is a benefit for leaving it longer than five minutes, but usually all the good work starts to be undone if you leave them for more than twenty minutes. 

Have you discovered the optimal time for applying each step of your skin care routine? Share your skin care secrets in the comments below. 

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Priscilla Puga


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