Depending on your skin type, various Banish skincare products can all fit together in your skincare routine. Here’s the recommended order to layering your Banish skincare together along with other skincare steps you can incorporate.
Determine which category your skincare product is: either a cleanser, face mask, serum, treatment, moisturizer, or mist.
No matter how many Banish or skincare products you have, this is the recommended order to use them. In general, you want to start with the runniest and lightest products, to the heaviest.
- Cleanse ( if double cleansing do oil or cream based first, then your normal cleanser or foaming cleanser)
- Masks ( if you’re using it that day )
- Vitamin C Beauty Elixir ( toner or facial mist - discontinued )
- Banisher ( if you are using it that day )
- Banish Oil Serum ( serum )
- Fighter Gel ( treatment )
- Vitamin C Creme ( moisturizer )
- The Defender SPF 50 ( sunscreen always last step during the day )
If you don't have the All Clear Mint Cleanser from Banish, you may use another mild cleanser. This cleanser gently cools the skin and moderately foams to help remove excess dirt, oils, or remaining makeup from the skin and contains skin-calming ingredients. If you are wearing heavy makeup, it’s best to do an initial cleanse with either a makeup remover, cleansing oil or balm to break down makeup then go in with the all clear mint cleanser.
2. MaskMasks like the Pumpkin Enzyme Masque can be applied after cleansing. Use the pumpkin enzyme masque for exfoliation because it contains an AHA called glycolic acid. Do not use the Pumpkin Enzyme Masque right after the Banisher. The masks can be used once weekly, up to 3 times a week depending on your skin sensitivity. You may want to cleanse again to thoroughly remove the mask.
3. Toner or Facial Mist
After cleansing or washing your masks off, you can apply toner or facial mist. This preps your skin to better absorb products you'll apply afterwards.
4. The Banisher ( Optional Step )
may be used after cleansing if it is part of your weekly skin care routine for acne scars. The Banisher should be included in your routine if you need to treat areas with acne scars, fine lines, hyperpigmentation, or stretch marks, make sure to follow all instructions that come with your Banisher!
How Often: Once every week or every two weeks
Avoid applying any products like AHA/BHA or retinol immediately after as it can cause more sensitivity and irritation to skin and don't use over active rashes or acne.
Next use your serums like the Banish Oil. Although it’s called an oil - the Banish oil is a vitamin c serum made with l-ascorbic acid, ferulic acid, and vitamin E to keep it stable and effective. Since it uses a humectant called vegetable glycerin as a base, it can feel slightly tacky. Apply 1-3 drops and pat on.
You may apply other treatments like the Fighter Gel. The fighter gel is anti inflammatory and provides mild pain relief so it's great for acne, irritation, and eczema. You can use it as a spot treatment and leave on, or use a apply a small amount all over skin.
If you have other treatments like benzoyl peroxide, retinol, or other prescription topicals, you may apply these before the fighter gel.
It's recommended not to use strong treatments until at least 1 day after the Banisher. Retinol may perform better if you wait about 10 minutes after a vitamin c product so they won't interfere with each other's absorption.
You may want to limit to just 1 treatment per routine since they can be irritating until your skin gets more adjusted to it.
For some people, just the Banish Oil or Fighter Gel is hydrating enough, but a Moisturizer like the Vitamin C Creme may be applied if your skin still seems dry or dehydrated. Use a pea sized amount and allow it to absorb into the skin. Remember to use products that fit your skin type.
The final step in every skincare routine during the day is sunscreen. Use The Defender SPF 50 at the end of your routine and blend it into your skin, Although it's important to get a little bit of sun for proper vitamin d levels, without sunscreen to protect skin from harmful uv rays, it can really put a halt on the benefits of all your skincare products and procedures.
Sunscreen should be reapplied every 2 hours if you're out in the sun to maintain the specified sun protective factor.
Optional: You can spray on a facial mist to keep your skin refreshed and hydrated throughout the day.
Weekly Banish skincare routine with Masks
- Banish Pumpkin Enzyme Masque
- Banish Vitamin C Serum
- Banish Fighter Gel
- Banish Vitamin C Creme
When Do I Apply Sunscreen?
You should always apply sunscreen daily in the morning to protect skin from UV rays as the LAST step of your routine. Pick a sunscreen with UVA/UVB full-spectrum protection. Sunscreen is always applied as the last step of your skincare routine.
Can I use benzoyl peroxide with Banish?
Yes, benzoyl peroxide would be considered a treatment step so you can apply that after the Banish Oil, or before the fighter gel.
Can I use my retinoid with Banish?
Yes, you can apply it 10 minutes before the Banish Serum, the Vitamin C Creme or fighter gel.
When do I apply toner with Banish?
Toners can be the first product applied after cleansing, or after you’ve washed off a mask as the purpose of toners, face mists or essence is to get it ready to absorb products applied after it. The Vitamin C beauty elixir ( discontinued ) may be used as a toner step too, in which case you can apply it after cleansing.