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How to properly layer Skincare products


words by: Natasha Marsh
Sep 24, 2021

The ideal skincare routine is different from person to person. However, there are a few ways in how you should be applying your products so that its more effective. Some of us enjoy more of a basic vibe and opt for three- or four-step routines, while others treat our routines as an act of self-care and indulge in 10-step routines for glowing skin.


Regardless of what you do, you should have the correct order of skin care to your routine. You wouldn’t put your serum after moisturizer right? Right because the serum is meant to sit underneath moisturizer in order to work.


In general, follow this order: clean the skin, open up skin so products can penetrate, add actives, and seal with moisturizing products. Because skincare products can be expensive, you might as well know the correct order to apply them in order to get your money’s worth.


Step 1: Cleansing Oil (morning and night)

A cleansing oil will help to remove toxins and anything else that attached to your face during the day or while sleeping. It also makes your cleanser’s job a lot easier.


Step 2: Cleanser (morning and night)

Put simply, wash your face. A cleanser helps rid the face of oils, dead skin and bacteria. Experts recommend avoiding sulfates because they can strip the skin of natural oils.


Step 3: Eye cream (morning and night)

Because you’re never too young to take care of your skin, especially potential under eye bags, eye cream is next. This is the most delicate skin on your face and we recommend patting eye cream gently with your finger. You can apply eye cream around your eye as well. Opt for an eye cream with peptide that will help tighten and depute skin.


Step 4: Toner (morning and night)

This step helps prime the skin to absorb the rest of your routine, they also help balance your skin’s pH.  They are also great at locking in moisture.


Step 5: Serum (morning and night)

Here is where the active ingredients in products come in. Serums have molecular actives that penetrate into deeper layers of the skin. They can have antioxidants to protect from daytime stressors caused by UV rays and peptides to repair skin.


Step 6: Retinol (night only)

Retinol is packed with Vitamin A to boost collagen (the main protein responsible for tight, young-looking skin) and cell turnover. Retinol products can reduce fine lines, pore size, eliminate dead skin and even out skin tone. Because retinoids are pretty strong and impacted by the sun, this step should only be done at night.


Step 7: Moisturizer (morning and night)

Moisturizers are used simply to further hydrate the skin.


Step 8: Spot Treatment (morning and night) 

When you have a breakout, spot treatment will be your go-to for a speedy recovery. By spot treating after moisturizer, you make sure the cream gets on just the pimple or session, versus the whole face.


Step 9: Face oil (morning and night) 

Oils are occlusive, they trap moisture into the skin — acting as a protective barrier to help prevent moisture from evaporating.


Step 10: SPF (morning only)

By now, we hope you are applying sunscreen multiple times a day, even if you’re indoors. Regardless of how many steps are in your routine, nothing should go over sunscreen as it can decrease it’s efficacy. You can choose from a physical or chemical sunscreen. The main difference: physicals reflect light away from your skin and chemical absorb the light by converting it to heat and preventing it from getting into your skin.


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