With so many products out there, layering skincare can seem tricky.
Here is a basic breakdown of steps to ensure you’re applying your skincare in the correct order, both morning and evening:
Layering skincare products in the morning
[Disclaimer: I’m not a dermatologist or skincare professional. The information provided in this post is what I have interpreted from numerous sources over the years, and what works for me may not work for you.]
Your skin does a lot of work overnight and you’ll be shedding some skin cells. It’s good practice to cleanse your face in the morning to remove all the dirt from the night.
This step is non-essential, but can be particularly good for dry skin or those with pore concerns.
It’s a simple way to squeeze in some more active ingredients and generally prepare your skin for the rest of your routine.
Your main skin treatments. It’s recommended that you don’t mix too many actives, but if you choose to mix your serums you should start with the thinnest. Thin to thick.
4. Eye treatments
Whether you use an eye cream, serum, gel or any other type of eye treatment, it should be applied before your moisturiser so it can penetrate to your skin. Apply before your serums if you prefer.
Another step to improve your skin’s hydration, protect your skin barrier and lock in all the goodness of your serums.
The most important step in your morning skincare routine.
Always make sure to apply SPF – generously – whether the sun is shining or not and ESPECIALLY if you use acids in your routine.
UV rays are strong enough to penetrate clouds and it’s just not worth the risk. SPF will help protect you against ageing, pigmentation and a whole lot of skin damage.
You should also ensure that you top up your SPF approximately every 2 hours if you’re spending a lot of time outside.
It’s good practice to apply SPF when you’re indoors too, but you don’t necessarily need to top it up unless you’re sitting directly in front of a window for several hours.
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Layering skincare products in the evening
1. Cleanser (2x)
If you have spot-prone skin, have applied more than one layer of SPF, or have worn makeup through the day, you should double cleanse.
Use an oil or balm cleanser as your first cleanse, to melt and break down your makeup and SPF. Follow with your regular morning cleanser (cream/gel/foam/other) to make sure you’ve removed everything.
If your skin is not too sensitive, remove your cleansers with a face cloth for maximum efficacy and mild physical exfoliation.
Same as the morning, this is a non-essential step.
Always the bulk of your skin treatments.
Still applying from thin to thick, you can use stronger treatments that will benefit from the night hours to properly work their magic on your skin.
4. Eye treatment
Same rule – apply before moisturiser.
Depending on what your eye concerns are, you don’t necessarily need to apply an eye treatment twice a day.
The chance to use a richer moisturiser if your skin is dry.
A night cream with restorative properties is ideal to help your skin recover from the stress of the day.
6. Facial oil
Another optional step for maximum hydration boost.
Facial oils are the perfect way to ensure all the goodness from prior products are locked and sealed.
You only need 2-3 drops and facial oils generally aren’t even greasy.
If this is too intense for you, you can mix 1-2 drops in with your moisturiser instead.
A facial oil has the power to penetrate all other product types, so when layering skincare, it should go last.
Have you been applying your skincare in the right order? Or will you be making some adjustments?
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