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How To Layer Your Skincare Products In The Right Order

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How To Layer Skincare

Your skin is only as good as the routine you follow. Properly layering your beauty products ensures that each ingredient can serve its purpose effectively.

At A Glance

  1. Cleanser (AM & PM)
  2. Exfoliator (PM)
  3. Toner (AM & PM)
  4. Spot Treatment (PM)
  5. Serum (AM & PM)
  6. Retinol (PM)
  7. Eye Cream (AM & PM)
  8. Moisturizer (AM & PM)
  9. Facial Oil (AM & PM)
  10. Sunscreen (AM)

Applying your products in the right order is critical if you want them to work as they should. But the step-by-step progression of your daily skincare ritual isn't always obvious.

Keep reading, and we'll tell you exactly how you should be layering your beauty products each morning and night.

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How To Layer Skincare In The Morning And Night

Following a daily skincare routine is good for your skin and your mind. However, ritualistic self-care is about more than lining your bathroom shelves with the latest and greatest beauty products.

It takes time to curate a skincare routine fit for your skin type, whether you religiously adhere to a 10-step skincare routine or you make do with a basic cleanser and moisturizer. Regardless, you should fully understand the order of application.

If you've been haphazardly slathering products on your face without any rhyme or reason, they likely aren't as effective in targeting your specific skin concerns as they should be. The order of your skincare routine matters!

#1. Cleanser (AM & PM)

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Regardless of the time of day, you should always begin your skincare routine with a gentle cleanser. Cleansing your skin removes dead skin cells, dirt, and oil, paving the way for the rest of your beauty routine.

It's a good idea to opt for a delicate and soothing formula, like our Rice Facial Cleanser. Designed for all skin types, this cleanser is rich in linoleic acid and omega fatty acids to support a healthy and strong skin barrier. This cleanser is made with plant-based ingredients and natural botanicals, drawing inspiration from traditional Indonesian rice water treatments.

If you're removing makeup, try applying a cleansing oil before diving into your face wash to help remove any residual cosmetics.

#2. Exfoliator (PM)

When the evening rolls around, exfoliating your skin can help remove bacteria, dirt, or makeup residue that's lingering on your skin. This also helps to stimulate collagen production and unclog pores, leaving you with refined and healthy skin.

For those with sensitive skin types, you should only exfoliate once or twice per week. Avoid harsh active ingredients, and instead opt for natural, plant-based products that buff your skin without causing irritation.

A Scrub Made To Remove Dead Skin Cells While Being Gentle On Acne-Prone Skin And Oily Skin

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Our Radiance Enzyme Scrub & Enzyme Mask is specially formulated with jojoba and bamboo beads which soften and smooth skin without any aggressive action. Infused with premium botanicals, this powerful formula can cleanse, brighten, and firm skin with ease.

For an all-over body treatment, use our Exfoliating Scrub Invigorating Coffee Treatment. This coffee-based scrub smells like an espresso brownie and promotes collagen production from head to toe. It's an energizing body scrub that awakens your senses and smooths your skin tone, all while relying on feel-good, natural ingredients.

#3. Toner (AM & PM)

Morning and night, follow up your cleanser with a toner like our Tamarind Tea Hydrating Toner. This lightweight, refreshing formula maintains your skin's pH balance and reintroduces some moisture to your complexion. For those with acne-prone skin or oily skin, a toner with astringent properties can help keep excess oil in check.

#4. Spot Treatment (PM)

If you've been struggling with some pesky pimples, you should try using a spot treatment during your PM skincare ritual. Products with active ingredients like salicylic acid or benzoyl peroxide can help minimize acne but can sometimes be too harsh on delicate skin. Dab only a small amount of your treatment on affected areas and be sure to follow the manufacturer's instructions for application.

#5. Serum (AM & PM)

Serums are skincare products that have a high amount of a certain active ingredient. Many serums are water-based, allowing them to better penetrate your skin's protective barrier.

Our Clove Flower & Turmeric Anti-Aging Serum checks off all the boxes. This hydrating serum is rich in vitamin C and natural ingredients like pea extract and palm peptide to smooth and firm your skin. It's the best way to combat premature aging and pairs perfectly with our anti-aging hand cream for dry, cracked hands.

#6. Retinol (PM)

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Retinol and retinoid treatments aren't necessary, but if you do choose to use one, be sure to apply them after serums. These vitamin A derivatives improve skin texture, stimulate cell turnover, and promote collagen production, making them a popular choice for an anti-aging skincare routine.

#7. Eye Cream (AM & PM)

Because eye creams have a slightly thicker texture, it's best to apply them after any skin treatments. Though an eye cream isn't necessary, it's a great way to add some much-needed moisture to the more delicate parts of your face. When in doubt, opt for a turmeric-based under-eye cream to naturally brighten dark circles and smooth fine lines.

#8. Moisturizer (AM & PM)

As a general rule of thumb, your skincare routine should begin with lightweight formulas before heavier and thicker creams. But even if you don't struggle with dry skin, a rich and soothing moisturizer is a must.

Though you can safely use the same moisturizer morning and night, many choose to apply a lightweight moisturizer in the morning and a thicker night cream in the evening. It's up to you and your skin!

Ingredients like hyaluronic acid, ceramides, or shea butter can keep your skin hydrated and happy. But you shouldn't limit moisturizing benefits to your face - the rest of your body deserves some love too! Our Tiare Jasmine Body Creme is delightfully rich, and its cloud-like texture seamlessly melts into your skin on contact. Made with highly moisturizing ingredients like avocado oil and candlenut oil, this silky smooth formula even comes with a refreshing scent of jasmine and magnolia.

#9. Face Oil (AM & PM)

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When you layer your skincare products, you introduce rich hydration and supple moisture to your face. But if you don't lock it all in, all that goodness can melt away, leaving your skin less than perfect.

Face oils add the last touch of moisture and hydration to your skin, and are a necessary step if you struggle with dryness. They're great for nourishing your skin's barrier and smoothing an uneven skin tone. For a radiant finish, use a formula rich in natural oils.

#10. Sunscreen (AM)

Even if summer is a little far off, you need to slather on your SPF each and every day. Regardless if you'll be spending the day indoors, sunscreen should always be the last step of your skincare routine. This will help protect your skin from the sun's harmful UV rays while preventing premature aging like sunspots and wrinkles.

Apply a broad-spectrum sunscreen to your face, neck, and any other exposed areas before stepping outside. It'll save your skin in the long run!

Final Thoughts

The order in which you layer your skincare products matters more than you might think. It helps your skin absorb active ingredients while keeping your skin's natural pH levels balanced. It's the foundation of a good skincare routine!

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