A Guide to Using and Layering Skincare Products

Layering? What on earth is that? Why does it matter whether I put my sunscreen on before or after my moisturiser? Well, it matters if you want to make sure both products get to do what they are intended to do. You’ve paid all this money to buy quality things that will help treat your skin problems, and it would be a real shame to end up without all the wonderful benefits that were advertised on the packaging.

If you’re a beginner to this layering business and aren’t sure which product goes on when, we have a little guide right here that will help you put it all on in the correct order and enjoy the benefits of a more effective skincare routine.

Makeup Remover

If you wear makeup, especially if you wear mascara, foundation, and liquid lipstick, simple cleansing might not be enough to remove some of the more stubborn, long-lasting makeup from your face. Micellar water is excellent for this purpose, but you might prefer and oil-based makeup remover because it makes it easier to remove mascara and all those matte lipsticks that tend to stain your lips if not properly removed.

Cleanser

Since you’ll be using this every day, you want to make sure you pick something that’s gentle on your skin and that won’t cause dry patches, redness, and irritation. You could check out sites like My Skin Solutions which carry cosmeceutical skin care (products that have a mix of cosmetic and pharmaceutical benefits) and find a cleanser that suits your skin type. Make sure to use lukewarm water when washing your face with a cleanser, never hot.

Scrub

Of course, you should only exfoliate once or twice a week, but it’s important to remember to do it after cleansing, when your skin has softened a bit and those micrograins from your scrub can reach into the pores and pull out all the dirt more easily and with greater effect.

Toner

Toner will soothe your skin gently after cleansing, and you should just dab it gently all over your face with a cotton pad. Use a gentle toner (rose water works quite well) and let it dry on your skin before you proceed.

Serum

Serums, especially vitamin C serums, can be really beneficial in preventing signs of aging and keeping the skin smooth, firm, and youthful. The skin soaks them up more easily than it does moisturiser, and that’s how serums can deliver active ingredients directly. This step is optional, but it’s definitely something to consider, especially because different serums can help treat different skin problems.

Moisturiser and Eye Cream

Why would I need a moisturiser if I already use a serum? Because moisturiser can help lock everything in, and since it has a heavier consistency it can help the skin retain moisture. If you are very oily you should use a gel-based moisturiser. After this, an eye cream is generally for women over thirty who are starting to get fine lines around their eyes. This area is very sensitive, so be careful what you use to keep it moisturised – your regular facial moisturiser could end up making your eyes sting and swell up.

Sunscreen

And lastly, you will need your SPF. This step is absolutely NOT optional for anyone, but you can find a moisturiser that also contains an SPF of at least 30 and combine the last two steps to save yourself some time. Sun protection is very important if you want to avoid skin cancer (and wrinkles), and shouldn’t be skipped even in winter.

Of course, these steps also depend on the time of the day. You won’t need sunscreen in the evening, and you won’t use makeup remover in the morning (unless you fell asleep with your makeup on, which we really don’t recommend!). Serums also don’t need to be used in the morning, so don’t worry. Your routine won’t be overwhelmingly long, and you can always modify it to suit your needs better. Be gentle to your skin and treat it with respect and you’ll be surprised at just how great it can look.


Sophia Smith is Australian based fashion, beauty and lifestyle blogger. She is very passionate about organic beauty products, yoga and healthy lifestyle. Sophia writes mostly in beauty and lifestyle related topics, mainly through blogs and articles. She is regular contributor at High Style Life and Ripped.

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