How to Layer Skin Care Products

Most likely, you have several products in your daily skin care regimen, ranging from cleansers to face creams. While all these products work together to give you a perfect complexion, you need to layer them in the correct order to achieve the best results. Knowing when to apply each step will optimize your skin care regimen, allowing each product to do its job at its full potential.




The first step in any skin care regimen is a clean base. A cleanser will remove any dirt, oil, and makeup and leave your skin ready for the next layer.  Choose your cleanser based on your skin type or concern. For example, if you suffer from acne, blackheads, sensitive skin, etc. you should look for a cleanser that addresses your specific problem. There are so many different types of cleansers to choose from; you can easily find one to fit your skin type. Remember that what works for someone else, will not necessarily work for you, they are not one size fits all so determine what works best for your skin. Whether you are applying skin care products in the morning or at night, you need to start with a clean slate.




If you use, toner this would be the next step. Toner is optional depending on your skin type. They can be useful for removing any leftover traces of makeup and dirt, provide antioxidants to your face, and tighten the skin. They can also help remove excess oil but for some people that may cause overdrying of the skin. If that happens, you will start to produce more oil to compensate for the drying feeling. Toner is a personal choice and whether you should incorporate it into your skincare routine will greatly depend on your skin type.


Serums and Creams


The next step is to apply any treatment serums or creams that are part of your skin care regimen.

Now that you have a clean surface, it’s time to apply treatment serums and creams. This might include acne treatments such as benzoyl peroxide or salicylic acid treatments. These types of treatments need to be able to penetrate the skin, so it’s important to apply them before any moisturizer or any other heavy treatments. Some acne treatments can also be drying to the skin so apply them and allow time to set in so you can then apply moisture to compensate for any overdrying.




Once you’ve given your treatment creams time to penetrate the skin, you should apply moisturizer. As previously said, some treatments can cause your skin to become dry so it is always important to apply moisturizer even if you have oily skin. You don’t want to use too many toners or acne treatments thinking you are removing all excess oil and don’t need to moisturize. Your skin will become overly dry because of the stripping of all oil and will overcompensate by creating excess oil. If you are concerned about oily skin or breaking out, just be sure to use a non-comedogenic moisturizer, which means it doesn’t clog pores.




The final step is one of the most important, especially for these warmer months. Wait a few minutes after applying moisturizer before you move onto this step to make sure it is absorbed into the skin. Sunscreen is the last step because some of your other products may have ingredients that dilute the effectiveness of sunscreen. Apply your daily sunscreen and then you are ready to step out for the day.


For more spring skin care tips read our Spring skin blog.