I’ve talked about my skincare routine a few times (here and here) and talked about the products that I specifically use. But I realize that not everyone has the same skin needs as me, and may not want or need the same types of products as me. It can be confusing to figure out which product to put on when – what will be the most effective, and what will wear the best on you skin so that your makeup still applies easily and doesn’t pill. So today, I’m talking about how to layer your skincare products.
In general, the rule is to go from lightest product to heaviest. I’m going to use my own routine as an example when I can, but I’m also going to mention some products that I don’t personally use.
- Liquid Products
- The first products are the very lightest of all. These are things like toners, liquid exfoliants, or essences. I tend to put my toner on before my exfoliant, but since they’re both liquid, you could flip those and it would be fine.
- Prescription Face Creams or Over-the-Counter Acne Creams
- This step is often left out, but if you’re using a face cream or gel prescribed by a dermatologist, you definitely want to make sure you’re using it properly! Over-the-counter acne face creams would fall under this category too. You should put these types of products on after any liquid ones, so that they can really penetrate the skin.
- Serums or Oils
- Serums and oils are still fairly light and liquidy, so they go on next. If you try to put these products on after moisturizers, you may run into some texture or pilling issues – these are meant to be put on first, to help your skin absorb the moisture.
- Moisturizers help seal in the products that you put on the skin earlier, and give your skin the moisture it needs if you didn’t use a serum or oil earlier. And in the morning, make sure that your moisturizer has SPF in it! You should be putting in your SPF as your very last step right before makeup.
- Creams are heavier than moisturizers, and should be the last step in your routine. They act as an extra barrier for your skin, and should only be used for people with dry skin – other skin types tend to find them too heavy.
- What kids of products do you use in your routine? Let me know in the comments!
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