We get asked this question a lot! There’s actually an order in which you should be layering all of your skin care products, from facial cleanser to serum to face moisturizer to eye cream. If you’ve always wanted to know whether your moisturizer should go on before or after your serum, read on. Here, we give you the ultimate guide to layering your skin care products.
At its essence, layering your skin care products is pretty simple. You’ll just need to remember one rule: Thicker follows thinner. That means you should start by applying skin care products that have the thinnest consistencies and work your way up to ones that are heavier.
STEP 1: FACIAL CLEANSER
While you may not technically be layering on a facial cleanser since you’re washing it off, it should be the first step in any skin care routine.
STEP 2: TONERSwiping your skin with a toner may not seem like an essential skin care step to everyone, but cleansing isn’t always one and done. Even after washing your face, there can still be residual dirt and grime sitting on the surface of your skin. Use a toner to help remove remaining impurities, sweep away dull, tired skin, and protect against moisture loss.
STEP 3: FACIAL SERUM
One of the most popular questions when it comes to layering is whether you should start with serum or moisturizer. As long as you consider the aforementioned rule (thicker follows thinner), the answer is an easy one—serum should go first.
STEP 4: FACIAL MOISTURIZER
That’s right, after serum, it’s time for moisturizer. Whether you have a preference for lightweight lotions or thick creams, this is when you’ll want to spread your moisturizer of choice onto your skin.
STEP 5: EYE CREAM
Don’t forget about your eyes. The delicate skin surrounding your eyes deserves attention, too. Ever so gently apply around your eyes, massaging until absorbed.
STEP 6: BROAD-SPECTRUM SUNSCREEN
Your next step will depend entirely on the time of day! When we’re talking about your daytime skin care routine, sunscreen should always be your final step—even during the winter months.