How To Properly Layer Your Skin Care Routine

This has been a huge obstacle for me throughout my entire journey with skin care. It took me what feels like a millennium to figure out how to properly layer each product so it can become the most effective and I could get the most out of my money (after all, skin care has never been cheap!).

I made this realization a few months back while reading that you could be using the correct products for your skin type (and even be using them as frequently as you’re supposed to), yet it can still not deliver the best results due to the order of the steps in how you use them. I also learned that when you apply your products incorrectly, it causes crazy damage to your skin overtime (and you may not even realize!).

I have written these steps based on the knowledge I’ve previously learned on how to properly layer your skin care routine. I’ll be briefly explaining why each step is important as well as why they are in that specific order. Stay tuned!

1. Cleanse

The first step to your routine should always be a good thorough cleanse. I’ve even heard of “double cleansing”. It may sound fairly excessive but you really want to make sure you’re getting all of the dirt and makeup properly off of your face. This creates a perfectly clean base for the rest of your skin care routine to follow through to its best ability. Sort’ve like how drinking water is the best way for the nutrients in your body to act accordingly and make sure everything goes smoothly for your insides.

2. Toner

The second step is toning your face. This is more of an extra cleansing step for your skin, as it removes any dirt that’s trapped inside your pores and any remaining traces of oil. It also balances your skins pH level which helps fight off any potential acne problems. The habit of toning your skin after cleansing is something to live by, especially if you have acne prone skin!

3. Face mask

Believe it or not, this is most definitely a recommended step in a proper skin care routine. Any face masks such as sheet masks, peel-off masks, and clay masks are going to refine your pores and promote firmer and softer skin. (I find that I get the most firm looking skin through clay masks, but in terms of hydration, a sheet mask or peel-off mask is the way to go!). If your skin tends to lean more on the dry side, I highly recommend using a sheet mask while using a face roller over top. The face roller will gently press the moisture from the sheet mask into your skin more than by just leaving sit over top of your face. It will also promote elasticity in the skin as well as preventing early aging signs.

4. Serum

Whether if you choose to skip the face mask step of the routine or not, you’re going to want to go in with a serum to lock in your skins elasticity. Serums are good for minimizing the look of tired skin and aging signs (wrinkles & fine lines), while giving moisture to the skin. Serums are also good for keeping your pores in check in the long haul! Truthfully, I’m not super experienced in the world of serums. In fact, I’ve only used one other serum in the past and I found I wasn’t getting the most from it in terms of benefits. But after realizing it wasn’t the serum, but actually the order in which I applied it, it all made sense!

5. Eye Cream

Eye cream helps the spread of collagen on the delicate area under your eyes (your skin loves any extra collagen it can get!). It also boosts your skins elasticity, and prevents from any future wrinkles and fine lines underneath the eye. The consistency of eye cream is pretty light compared to an average cream and a little goes a long way with this product. It’s best to put almost less than a dime size amount underneath each eye and around the corners/creases of each eye. This cream acts as a primer for the next step.

6. Moisturizer

A good moisturizer can work wonders! It fixes any impurities in the skin (blemishes), while maintaining ageless skin over time. Every step in which you apply your skin care products are definitely crucial, but this one especially! Since moisturizer is a cream, the texture is rather thick. Before layering this on your skin, you want to make sure you have the proper steps that are mentioned above incorporated first. For example, if you first apply your moisturizer before your serum, the serum won’t be able to penetrate into the skin, meaning it’ll sit on top of the moisturizer which creates a barrier of build up. Naturally, our skin likes to overreact when it comes to build up, creating an array of problems like zits! This is definitely a problem I faced quite often before I discovered the importance of layering each step in a certain way.

7. Oil

So kind of like how toning your skin is a second step for cleansing, face oil is a second step for moisturizing your skin. Oil is a natural “sealer”, which means instead of adding moisture to your skin, it actually seals in the moisture that’s already present on your face. Face oil can help prevent future breakouts by maintaining your skins hydration. It also protects your skin from environmental damage and any early signs of aging!  This concludes the very last step on how to properly layer your skin care routine!

I hope these steps were knowledgeable for you. 🙂 If you have any questions or comments, please leave one down below. Thank you so much reading!


2 thoughts on “How To Properly Layer Your Skin Care Routine”

    1. It’s best to use a face SPF in moisturizer or even in a foundation!

      (Because toner is very acidic, you typically would want to apply that as your PM routine before bed, rather than during the day).

      As your AM routine before you face sun exposure, you want to start with a cleanser, a daytime serum, and moisturizer (with SPF).

      Hope that helps! 🙂

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