How to layer your skincare products?

If you read nothing else, the golden rule of skin care layering is apply THINNEST to THICKEST. Why? The lighter weight the product the faster it absorbs into the skin.  

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You do not have to do all of these steps in this graphic. i personally believe less is more when it comes to skincare. This graphic is simply to show you the order in which products need to be applied. When in doubt- layering thinnest to thickest is always a good rule of thumb!

Your morning routine could look something like this:

  • Cleanse. I use Epionce Lytic Gel Cleanser or Obagi Foaming Cleanser

  • Tone. I use a ph balancing toner like: Obagi, Avene, or Micellar Water (Personally, I just use toner or micellar water in the AM and don't wash my face)

    • Tips:

      • If you are prone to dryness don’t wash your face in the morning and just use a toner or micellar water (make sure it does not have alcohol in it)

      • If you are oily or prone to breakouts I recommend washing your face in the morning

  • Serum. Vitamin C should go on the skin first before any other serum (waiting a minute before applying your moisturizer to allow the serum to fully dry). This is a perfect time to brush your teeth! I used Skinceuticals Phloretin CF for over 2 years and now switched to this Vit C serum for the past year and really like it.

  • Eye cream- I am currently using this eye serum in the morning because it has caffeine and is great for “de-puffing”

  • Moisturize/SPF. I use EltaMD UV Clear as my moisturizer and SPF combo.

    • For most people an additional moisturizer is unnecessary


Your nightly routine could look something like this:

TIP: Before cleansing take your makeup off with micellar water or a facial cleansing wipe. This is not enough to fully cleanse your face but is preparing your skin to allow your cleanser to be more effective.

  • Cleanse. I use Epionce Lytic Gel Cleanser or Obagi Foaming Cleanser

    - I use the ZOE facial cleansing brush which I love. It’s like a facial massage every night. More info on the ZOE here!

  • Tone. You don't have to use a toner but I have been using one for years and love it, especially if my skin feels dry after cleansing. Toner is great for ph balancing the skin, improves absorption of skincare products, and preps the skin for the products to follow.

  • Eye Cream: this eye cream is awesome! If you don't want to spend money on an eye cream- vaseline or aquaphor are great hydrating night options.

  • Retinoids. Lots to say about retinoids, these articles explain more about what retinoids are and how to use them.

  • Moisturize. I am prone to dryness so I always use a moisturizer with retinoids and am unable to tolerate every night usage. In the warmer months I use this moisturizer and in the colder months I use Skinceuticals Triple lipid Restore.