How You Should Apply Your Skincare Products?

How You Should Apply Your Skincare Products

The skin is one delicate part of the body that must be protected and nourished at all times and cost. Hence, skincare products have now become an essential part of our everyday routine. There are lots of skincare product out there that can be used to sustain and nourish the skin. If you are into some skincare regimen, or perhaps you just added a new step to your daily skincare routine, you must know how you should go about layering them up. Layering your skincare product out of order would prevent your skin from not receiving what each product has to offer. This isn’t the goal, right!

Therefore, this article will show how you can take your skincare routine to a whole new level of application. Read on to find out more.

How Should You Layer Your Skincare Products? 

This section will explain extensively how you can apply your skincare products both during the day and night. Below are some tips that will ensure you apply them correctly.

  • Start off using the products with a thinner feel (liquid) before moving on to the thickest texture of your products—for instance, cleansers, toners before anything else.
  • Distinguish between your water-soluble products and those that are oily. Oil and water are quite immiscible, so oily products would prevent the actions of water-soluble products.
  • Use products that contain the most active ingredient before others. We recommend that you apply active ingredients from a lower pH to the highest pH.

What Should Be the Order of Application of Your Skincare Products?

There are extensive list of skincare products being used. We recommend that you set aside some information outlined in this section if you don’t use such products. Although the step of application remains the same. Here are the skincare order!

1. Cleanse Your Skin

Cleansing is the first step in the application of skincare routine. You should regularly clean your skin to aid the absorption of other products into your skin. You could splash a little bit of warm water unto your face in the morning since warm water is the closest to the human body temperature. However, you might want to up the ante by using an oil cleanser in case some products you used the night before left some particles on your face, such as waterproof makeups. You can then do a second cleanse by using a gel-based cleanser to remove any oily residue or other impurities left on your skin.

2. Use an Exfoliator

To remove dead cells from your skin, you can use any exfoliator you like. You could use a physical exfoliator, such as an exfoliating mask, or a chemical exfoliator, such as BHA or AHA exfoliator. You can also use an enzyme exfoliator. Exfoliating should be done one to two times a week to get rid of the rough patches sitting on your skin.

3. Pimple Patches / Spot Treatment

If you are acne-prone, you need to consult a dermatologist on the best way to apply this because it depends on the kind of active ingredients. Apply the product to freshly cleansed skin and on the right spot to adhere to the skin and reduce the blemish size.

4. Apply Toners

You might want to skip this step; however, toners are usually used to balance your skin’s pH level and prepare your skin for the rest of the skincare products.

5. Use Essences

The next step is using essences. They help to bring back moisture to your skin, refine your skin texture and prepare your skin for the other skincare products just like toners to aid in the absorption of the products into your skin

6. Apply a Sheet Masks

After applying your Essences at night, you can use your sheet masks just before your serum. This is because sheet masks are more saturated than serum

7. Use a Serum / Ampoule

This is the treatment stage because serums are used to target a specific skin concern. There are different kinds of serum you can use depending on your skincare goal. Suppose you want to pop up your skin. You can use hyaluronic acid serum or a niacinamide or vitamin C serum to lighten your hyperpigmentation and to reduce the appearance of some skin defects. Serums are often applied from a thin consistency to the thickest consistency so that the thinner product can have a chance to be properly absorbed before you layer the thicker product on top.

8. Apply an Eye Cream

The eyes are at risk of having wrinkles, lines and especially the eyelid skin. They would need some hydration to keep them good, hence an eye cream. If you don’t want to use your moisturizer around your eye region, you need an eye cream. Also, if you have a dedicated moisturizer, you should apply the eye cream before the moisturizer because of the thinner consistency of the eye cream.

9. Use Your Moisturizer

To maintain your skin consistency, a moisturizer should be part of your daily routine, even if you have oily skin. Moisturizer prevents adverse conditions from affecting your skin. It helps to trap microorganisms that could harm your skin, keeping your skin hydrated and smooth.

10. Apply Facial Oil

Application of facial oils depends on individual preferences. While some might want to layer it on top of their moisturizer, some might want to add a little drop of it into that moisturizer and then apply it to the skin. Regardless of your preference, do remember that oil can penetrate all products

11. Use a Sleeping Mask

This should be your last step in your nighttime skincare routine. Sleeping mask locks everything in while you sleep and prevent moisture lost. Also, skin repair happens at night, and so a sleeping mask will help put all the other products you have applied intact until the next morning.

12. Apply your Sunscreen

During the day, sunscreen should be the last step in your final skin routine before applying your makeup. They have to be used every day to prevent harsh rays from the sun such as UVA and UVB from penetrating your skin, and this can lead to low result output of all other products you have used earlier. 

13. Use a Makeup

Also, this depends on individual preferences. If you feel you want to hide some imperfections on your face to look all naturally glammed up, then this should be your last daytime step. Don’t forget your lipliner and lipstick as well.

What Should Morning Skincare Products Order be Like?

Some products might need you to wait for some time to aid in their absorption into the skin. But time is not on your side, especially when you have to rush down to work or get to somewhere really quick. So we have compiled a step by step order of how you could apply your skincare routine during the day.

Step 1: Water or gel cleanser

As stated earlier, you need to cleanse your face with warm water in the morning to remove impurities that might be present from the night before

Step 2: Essence

Once you have cleansed, your face might appear dry, so an essence is required to return all the lost moisture and prepare your skin ahead for the serum

Step 3: Serum

This is the treatment stage, and it depends on what you want for your skin; probably you want to lighten your skin up or treat some hyperpigmentation. Depending on your goals, serum should be applied before moisturizing due to their thinner consistency and essential active ingredient.

Step 4: Moisturizer

You should then moisturize your body to keep it hydrated all through the day and prevent adverse environmental conditions from harming your skin

Step 5: Sunscreen

You can then finish up with a sunscreen to protect you from harmful sun rays. An SPF product graded 30 and above is mostly suitable as a sunscreen, after which you can apply your makeup.

What Should Nighttime Skin Care Product Order Be Like?

Step 1: Cleanser (Oil Based Cleanser Rather Water Based Cleanser) 

Use an oil based cleanser at night to remove all makeup particles that might be present on your face 

Step 2: Essence

As stated earlier, essence will restore the lost moisture during cleansing and prepare your skin

Step 3: Serum

You can now treat your specific concerns with serums.

Step 4: Eyecream

Because of the sun rays, you might need to apply your eyecream just before you sleep to maintain the elasticity of your eyelid and keep it off wrinkles and any other eye defects.

Step 5: Moisturizer and Oil Mix

You can then use your moisturizer to hydrate and smoothen your face.

Step 6: Sleeping mask

The next step is to use your sleeping mask to lock all your skincare products on your face while you sleep soundly.


Our final thought is that your necessary skincare product should always be applied in the order of their consistency from the thinnest to the thickest. Also remember, that nothing can penetrate oil, and it should, therefore, be applied last. We recommend you follow these to have the most effective result of your skincare regimen. We really do you’re armed with enough information and tips on the best way to apply your skincare product.

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