It's thought that the skin absorbs 60% of skincare products. This means what you put on your skin is absorbed into the body, where it penetrates your lower skin levels and potentially enters your bloodstream.
But this fact can also raise a lot of questions. For example, how does skincare absorption work? How long does it take for skin to absorb products applied topically? Where do these products go once they've been absorbed?
Where Do Skin Care Products Go?
To understand the absorption of skincare products, it's important to know how the skin works. Your skin is your body's largest organ, and its purpose is to protect the rest of you from potentially damaging foreign substances in the environment.
Your skin is created from three layers. These include:
- Epidermis: a waterproof layer at the top created from dead skin cells and fatty acids
- Dermis: a middle layer created of collagen, elastin, blood vessels, connective tissue, hair follicles, and sweat glands
- Hypodermis: a bottom layer created of connective tissue and fat
You apply skincare products to the epidermis. Although many people believe all skincare products are absorbed immediately through the epidermis, this is inaccurate. Most topical products work on the epidermis and begin evaporating as soon as you apply them. Additionally, many of these products don't even penetrate the dermis, where your skin's blood supply is.
However, many people confuse the words absorption and penetration regarding skincare. Skincare absorption would mean something has entered your bloodstream. Penetration means an ingredient or product has made its way into the lower skin levels.
How does the skin absorb skincare products? Generally, by penetrating your epidermis to reach the dermis and hypodermis. In most cases, they do not penetrate the body's bloodstream, with few rare exceptions. When penetration does occur, it is generally in minuscule amounts that don't make much of a difference.
Best Skin Absorption Areas
Not all areas of your skin absorb products the same way. The best skincare absorption areas include those where the skin is thinnest. Less skincare absorption will occur in areas where the skin is thicker. For example, a product applied to your eyelids will be absorbed much easier than one applied to the soles of your feet.
However, no two people will see the same absorption of skincare products. There are many different factors affecting how your skin will absorb the products you use individually. For example, your metabolism, skin integrity, and age will affect skin absorption. Additionally, the product's ingredient combination and concentration matter.
There are ways you can improve your individual rate of absorption of skincare products. A few excellent ways to enhance absorption include:
- Keep a regular exfoliating schedule
- Apply skincare products to damp skin
- Layer skincare products properly (discussed below)
- Consider using a derma roller
How Does the Skin Absorb Skin Care Products?
You learned earlier that the skin's job serves as a protective barrier. The skin is excellent at this job, especially when it's healthy and moisturized. In fact, your skin's natural oils work to repel anything from getting through the epidermis. If you have dry skin, absorption actually happens more efficiently and quickly.
Particles that meet specific criteria will pass through the absorption process faster. When a chemical's particles meet these particular criteria, they will pass through the epidermis, into the dermis, and sometimes into the hypodermis. Most particles will not enter the bloodstream, but a small percentage might.
Can skincare products penetrate the skin? Yes, if their particles are formulated to meet those specific criteria. This is why skincare professionals tell you to layer your products in a particular order. This professionally-designed layering method will help you get the most out of your products because it's optimized for absorption.
The correct way to layer skincare products is:
- Face wash (and rinse)
- Sheet Mask
- Eye Cream
How Long Does it Take For Skin to Absorb Products?
The amount of time it takes for the absorption of skincare products varies based on your unique skin and the product used. However, most products will take about thirty minutes to be absorbed. This means you should apply your skincare products at least half an hour before going outside to be best protected against the sun, wind, and other elements.
Add Revinia®'s Skincare Products to Your Routine
Revinia® skincare products are scientifically proven to help combat common aging symptoms. You can easily add these products to your skincare regimen. When used in the correct order, Revinia® products will effectively be absorbed into the skin for maximum results. You can use the Eye Repair Treatment, followed by the Anti-Wrinkle Serum and the Night Repair Cream.
Proper Layering Routine with Revinia® Products
Always start by washing your face with a gentle cleanser. If you've been wearing makeup or sweating heavily, you may want to double cleanse. Dry the skin by patting it with a clean towel.
If you want to exfoliate or tone, do that next. You may only want to exfoliate between one and three times weekly instead of daily, especially if you have sensitive skin.
After you've applied the Eye Repair Treatment, apply the Anti-Wrinkle Serum. Apply the serum to the neck, nose, chin, forehead, and cheeks. Massage this into the skin using an upward motion until it's been thoroughly absorbed.
The last step of your routine in the evening will be to apply the Revinia® Night Repair Cream. Apply a small amount of cream to the cheeks, forehead, chin, and neck. Then, gently massage into the skin.