Skincare is self care! And layering your skincare products in their correct order completely changes the way they react to the skin and work effectively. Let’s learn the art of layering so you can get the most out of your products.
The general rule when it comes to layering skincare products is to apply them from thinnest to thickest so that they penetrate better in the skin and give the maximum results. To put it simply, you should apply your toner or facial mist first and then lock it in with a moisturizer or facial oil. But should you follow the same rule in your morning and night routine? Let’s find out.
Morning skincare VS. Night skincare
Your skin is constantly telling you what it needs. Dull complexion? Use a vitamin C or niacinamide serum. Irritated skin? Soothe it with a ceramide cream. But how you layer these products really makes the difference. Here’s a basic guide to layer your skincare products in the morning and at night.
Step 1: Cleanse
Remove all the makeup, sunscreen and dirt from the day with a gentle cleanser before you go to bed. Cleansing your face in the morning really depends on your skin concerns. If you have oily skin, go for it but if you have dry skin, you should avoid cleansing your face in the morning.
Step 2: Tone
Apply your toner on damp skin to rehydrate it after cleansing.
Step 3: Treatment
This is where you should use all of your serums and chemical exfoliants. It is totally fine to use chemical exfoliants in the morning as long as you are wearing a sunscreen to protect your skin. However, don’t go overboard and use a 20% chemical peel. Leave it for the night.
Step 4: Moisturize
Even oily skin needs adequate moisturization. Use a cream or facial oil to lock in all the goodness.
Step 5: Sunscreen (in the morning)
Your skincare routine should end at step 4 at night, but in the morning it is important to protect your skin from UV rays and free radicals.