Even if you're not onboard with a rigorous multi-step skincare routine, you're likely using more than one product in your a.m./p.m. routine. Even if it's just a basic moisturizer and an SPF, it's crucial to apply them in the right order to avoid negating the benefits.
Every product in your arsenal may give you a similar result – like brightening, acne clearing or hydration – but the methods and means of the ingredient delivery can vary widely. If you put on a heavier cream, any water-based material applied after will have a hard time getting through and penetrating into your skin. The best rule to follow? Apply your products from lightest or thinnest to heaviest and thickest. Oils and sunscreens though, should always go toward the end.
To help you get the most out of your products, we've put together a layering guide for you to follow. If you don't use any of the products below, simply organize what you do used based on the order after removing your makeup.
SKIN: HOW TO PROPERLY LAYER YOUR SKIN CARE PRODUCTS
Start with anything that has the same fluidity as water. This allows the thin fluid to sink deeply into the skin and preps for the following step. Splash your face with water beforehand to keep the skin most.
Serums are usually packed with strong ingredients that can really change the skin – they're the workhorse of skincare products. That's why it's best to apply them as early as possible so skin can directly absorb as much of the product as possible.
While some lotions are on the thicker, heavier side, most formulas are fairly thin. You may not use a lotion, but if your skin is particularly dry, consider applying it pre cream or oil.
In general, the thicker the cream, the more likely it is to rely on waxy ingredients that create a moisture-retaining barrier.
Oil is your sealant that acts as a barrier protection, working to keep moisture in and the bad stuff out. While oils do add a little hydration, it's not nearly as much as a thick cream that contains glycerin or hyaluronic acid. They also deliver instant softness, leaving your skin silky smooth.
No matter whether your preferred formula is light or heavy, sunscreen should always be applied last. It forms a uniform film on top of the skin to shield it. If you put anything other than makeup on top, you may disrupt the film and open it up for the sun to penetrate.
Give your skin a few minutes to settle and for some of the extra moisture in the formulas to evaporate before diving into your foundation!