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Layering Your Skincare – Do you know what comes first?

Author: Beth Cox June 29th, 2018

Applying our skincare should be pretty simple right? But with all the additions from serums, toners, targeted treatments and SPF it can get quite confusing to know what to apply and when.

However, you no longer need to worry! We’ve pulled together this handy guide that will help you layer your products for both your morning and evening routine with ease.

Day Time

Cleanse – First up you need to awaken your skin with a refreshing cleanser. In the morning we prefer something citrusy and fresh to give your skin the boost it needs! Try the Dermalogica Special Cleansing Gel for this step.

Tone – A toner is the perfect way to make sure you’ve swept away any impurities that might be left after cleansing. Your skin renews overnight and so sloughing away the dead cells with reveal fresher and brighter skin. We love the Elizabeth Arden Visible Difference Gentle Hydrating Toner.



Serum – Next up comes the serum, you can see we’re working from lighter to heaviest here. As serums tend to be thinner formulas, so they can be easily absorbed they need a clear pathway into the epidermis. These lotions deliver active ingredients deep into the pores and cannot penetrate through thicker creams. Make sure you choose a toner that will focus on your personal skin needs, whether that be anti-aging, brightening or pigmentation.

Eye cream – Pat on an eye cream before you apply any moisturising products. The thinner skin around your eyes is more delicate than the rest of your face so it’s better to apply eye specific products directly. One of our favourites is the Murad Instant Radiance Eye Cream, it makes you look instantly more awake!

Moisturiser – For the day time choose a light, hydrating moisturiser rather than something heavy. Opt for products that offer hydrating, hyaluronic, illuminating properties to give your skin a boost throughout the day. The Elemis Hydra-Boost Day Cream is gorgeous.

Oil – You might be put off applying an oil in the day but if you really want to seal in all the goodness from the products you’ve applied, then it’s a step you can’t skip. A facial oil can penetrate face creams however a cream cannot penetrate an oil so make sure it’s towards the end of your routine! Try the Balance Me Rose Otto Face Oil if you have sensitive skin. .

SPF – Do not skip this step even on cloudy days! The damage from low level exposure to UV rays is the main cause of premature ageing. SPF products must be applied right at the end of your routine otherwise it renders all your other products useless. We love the Yves Rocher BB Cream SPF 20 for a beautiful, fresh look.



Night Time

Pre Cleanse – First up you need to focus on removing all the makeup and debris from the day. Use a micellar water or a oily melting balm to get rid of all traces of the day. The Simple Kind to Skin Micellar Water is super gentle around the eyes or try the Oilixia Gummy Cleanser to attract all the oil and dirt out of the skin.

Cleanse – Once you’ve removed all the dirt and makeup you can move onto a second cleanse using a targeted cleansing product. This makes sure all traces of dirt are removed and properly cleans your skin. You can also use an exfoliating cleanser for this step to make sure your skin is primed for the next step. We love the Nuxe Aquabella Micro-Exfoliating Purifying Gel.

Acid Toner – Incorporating an acid toner into your skincare will make a big difference to tone, appearance and clarity of your skin. These products are best for the evening as they work overnight to rid the skin of dead cells.

Treatments – After toning is the best time to apply any targeted treatments, whether that be acne treatments, vitamin C products or retinol. You want to apply them on clean, exfoliated skin so they have the best chance of penetrating the layers of the skin so you wake up with a glow! If you suffer from breakouts the Dermalogica mediBac Overnight Clearing Gel works wonders!



Eye Cream – Similar to your morning routine, apply an eye cream before your moisturiser. Make sure you use your fingers to lightly pat the products around the eye socket area, not directly under the eye or on the lid. If you want a specific treatment for your eyes try the Derma V10 Collagen Hydro Gel Eye Patches.

Moisturiser – Massage in your night cream using upwards motions to improve the blood flow to the face, this gives your skin a mini work out to keep it tight. Night creams tend to be thicker in texture to really hydrate and replenish any lost moisture from the day. We love the L’Oreal Age Perfect Cell Renew Night Cream.

Oil – Apply an oil as your last step at night to seal in all the goodness from the products you’ve applied. We’re currently obsessed with the Oilixia Skincare Amazonian Cacay Facial Oil.

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