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How to Properly Layer your Skincare Products

How to Properly Layer your Skincare Products

How To Properly Layer Your Skincare: Our Top Tips for Success Every Time You Apply

For getting the most out of your skincare routine, we all know that choosing the right products according to your skin type and concerns is essential. But did you know that correctly applying those products is almost just as important?

It’s true! For ensuring that your favourite skincare products are able to perform as intended, a key component that some people overlook is proper application. Not to worry though, today we’re breaking down everything you need to know. Here are a few quick tips for building your perfect skincare protocol:


Tip #1: Order your formulas from thinnest to thickest

One of the easiest ways to always get your routine right is to simply follow the golden rule of applying your products in order of thinnest to thickest. This is because thinner formulas like toners and water-based serums are able to quickly penetrate the epidermis (top layer of skin), while thicker oils act as a seal, and creams take time to soak in. Utilizing this strategy will ensure that each product is able to perform optimally and provide you with the best results.


Tip #2: Allow time for each layer to absorb

If you’ve ever experienced flaking or pilling on the skin while completing your skincare routine, this can have a lot to do with buildup, resulting from too many formulas on the skin at one time. To prevent this from happening, we recommend waiting about thirty seconds between each layer to promote optimal absorption of each individual product.


Note: The only exception to this would be if you are using a hydrating serum or mist that contains water loving ingredients like hyaluronic acid & glycerin. These ingredients needs other moisture to bind with, applying a water-based cream right after is ideal for helping lock in hydration.


Tip #3: Use a light touch to apply

Another question many people have is whether or not to massage products into the skin. Generally speaking, this isn’t necessary. Aggressive massaging or rubbing can be irritating for delicate skin. So instead, a better approach is to dab on your favourite formulas and then gently press or pat them into the skin to spread evenly.


The Correct Order: A.M. & P.M. Skincare Steps

Still feel like you need a cheat sheet? For step-by-step success every time, here is a good formula to follow for order of application:

For the Morning

  • Step 1: Cleanser
  • Step 2: Hydrating Toner
  • Step 3: Treatment serums (ie. Vitamin C, Niacinamide) wait 30 seconds
  • Step 4: Eye treatment
  • Step 5: Mist Hydrating Toner
  • Step 6: Moisturizer – allow to set fully before SPF & Makeup to avoid piling.
  • Step 7: SPF 30+
  • Step 8: Makeup

For the Evening

  • Step 1: Gentle Cleanser – double cleanse with same cleanser, NO HOT WATER!

* Weekly Exfoliant or Mask goes here, then mist, moisturize, facial oil.

  • Step 2: Hydrating Toner
  • Step 3: Treatment serums
  • Step 4: Eye Treatment
  • Step 5: Moisturizer
  • Step 6: Facial oil

* If you need further 1:1 skin support, book a call with our Founder/ Jaime, and get complete clarity in your skincare routine.  


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