No matter if you use two skincare products or ten, it’s important to layer your products in the correct order to experience the maximum benefits. Read on to learn about how to layer your skincare products so you can start to see the best results from your beauty regimen.
Why It’s Important
It’s important to layer your skincare correctly to ensure the maximum effectiveness of your products. Layering your skincare products can help to increase product efficacy when applied in the right order. The order of products in your skincare routine may hinge upon your skin type and the concerns you are hoping to address.
As a general rule, the most common order of skin care products would start with a cleanser, followed by a toner, any serums or treatments, moisturizer, face oil, and finally a sunscreen.
Must Have Skincare Products in Your Routine
The foundation of any skin care routine should involve three basic steps: cleansing, toning, and moisturizing. The first step is to find a good cleanser that leaves the skin feeling nourished and hydrated, rather than stripping your skin of protective oils. A gentle toner or facial mist packed with vitamins and minerals is must-have to balance the skins hydration levels and prevent irritation. A facial oil or moisturizer is another necessary step to lock in hydration.
There’s a misconception that facial oils cannot be used on oily skin types. Dehydrated skin tends to over produce oils as an effort to balance the skins moisture levels. The right facial oil can actually reduce the production of excess oil while keeping the skin nourished and hydrated at the same time.
Chia seed oil is known to have many benefits for all skin types, including oily complexions. It’s lightweight and packed with omega-3 fatty acids that can reduce inflammation, improve skin barrier function, increase elasticity of the skin, and help protect skin from external damage.
Astaxanthin is another supercharged ingredient to be on the lookout for when choosing the right products for your skin care routine. This power-house ingredient is 65 times stronger than Vitamin C in combating radicals, protecting your skin from oxidation, damage, and inflammation.
Other than the basics, there are additional products and ingredients you may find add incremental benefit to your personal self-care routine. For example, if your skin is prone to acne, blackheads, or breakouts, you may want to incorporate a product containing salicylic acid. Salicylic acid reduces redness and inflammation, unclogs pores, and exfoliate dead skin cells to eliminate breakouts and prevent them from occurring.
In addition, a moisturizer may be a great boost for dry to normal skin types. A regenerative night cream is a great option to refine and reenergize tired, aging skin. You may also choose a balm or our moisturizing pressed serum that locks in the moisture from your other products and brightens your complexion, while helping to provide protection from future skin damage.
How To Layer Your Skincare Products
As stated, a basic skin care routine consists of the three pillars of skincare: cleaning, toning, and moisturizing. This is a great start for your routine, but there are additional steps you can take for your skin.
The order in which you layer your products make all the difference in their efficacy. After cleansing and toning, but before an oil or moisturizer, you should apply any special serums or water-based products your skin desires. This could be an exfoliant, retinol, spot treatment, eye cream, vitamin c treatment, hyaluronic acid serum, etc.
If you are using a topical medication on your skin, apply this directly after cleansing and before any other products. Wait for the product to fully absorb before moving onto any other steps, and most importantly, consult your trusted physician about nay new products you may be incorporating into your routine.
The best products for your regimen depend highly on the needs of your skin and the results you hope to achieve.
All-Around Aging Skin:
You may notice changes to your skin as your skin matures. This may be a good opportunity to incorporate new products into your skin care routine. After cleansing and toning in the morning, we recommend using The Super Lift Vitamin C-More Treatment for a powerful triple-acting Vitamin C treatment, instantaneous lifting effect and long-term anti-aging results. Follow this up with The Eye Achiever - Multi-Correctional Eye Serum to brighten and restore the delicate skin around the eyes. It features a steel rolling ball for a cooling, de-puffing effect. Lock in your treatments with the Super Couple - Ultra Luxe Face Oil Serum to combat the appearance of dull, tired, again skin. Top it all off with your favorite SPF and you are ready to take the day by storm.
At night, we recommend using The Refresh Mint - Exfoliating Moisture Mask 2-3 times a week directly after cleansing to gently resurface the skin. The Refresh Mint features Salicylic Acid to clarify pores, Natural Enzymes to exfoliate dead skin cells, and Hyaluronic Acid to provide deep moisture to the skin. After rinsing the mask, mist your face with The Optimist - Hydrating Brightening Essence for an instant boost of hydration and more luminous skin. The next step we recommend is The Straight A - Advanced Gentle Retinol Serum. The Straight A contains a slow release, encapsulated retinol formula combined with Bakuchiol (a so-called phyto-retinol) shelf-stable Vitamin C to help reduce hyperpigmentation, dark spots, fine lines, and wrinkles for a more even and luminous complexion. You can save a step by mixing the Straight A with The Advanced Response Complex - Rapid Regenerating Firming Face & Neck Moisture Cream. The Advanced Response Complex encourages the skins own response complexes to increase collagen production and diminish the signs of aging.
Dry & Dehydrated Skin:
For dry or dehydrated skin that’s craving extra moisture/hydration we recommend The Super Lift Vitamin C-More Treatment after cleansing and toning. The Super Lift is formulated with hydrating and soothing agents such as Hyaluronic Acid, Chia Seed Oil and Astaxanthin to soothe the skin and provide deep, lasting moisture. The next step in your routine we recommend is The Eye Achiever - Multi-Correctional Eye Serum to keep the skin around the eye moisturized throughout the day. Lock in these serums with the Super Couple - Ultra Luxe Facial Oil Serum to reduce trans-epidermal water loss and add a protective boost to your SPF, but of course don’t forget to apply your sunscreen!
At night we recommend exfoliating those dry skin cells with The Refresh Mint - Exfoliating Moisture Mask 1-2 times a week after cleansing. After rinsing the mask, spritz your face with The Optimist - Hydrating Brightening Essence to lock in moisture. Follow this up with the Eye Achiever and Super Couple, or opt for The Supercritical Omega-3 Chia Face Oil. The Super Critical Is rich with skin loving omega-3 fatty acids that improve the function of the skin barrier and skin elasticity, promoting plump glowing skin. We recommend locking this all in with The Super Blend - Pressed Serum Multi-Correctional Moisture Concentrate for deep moisture that is non-greasy, fast absorbing and brightening.
Oily, Acne Prone & Combination Skin Types:
If your skin is oily, acne prone, or combination types we recommend using The Super Lift - Vitamin C More Treatment after cleansing and toning for a fast-absorbing, non-greasy deep moisture treatment, followed by be The Eye Achiever - Multi-Correctional Eye Serum for non-greasy moisture around the eyes. Finish up your day-time routine with The Supercritical Omega-3 Chia Face Oil or The Super Naked Plum + Chia Face Oil. The Super Naked combines all the bonuses of Omega-3 fatty acids found in Chia Seed Oil, with the addition of omega 6 & 9 fatty acids found in Plum Oil. The Super Naked also has anti-inflammatory and anti-aging benefits, Squalene, and Astaxanthin to create an all-encompassing face oil. Apply a lightweight SPF and you’re good to go!
We recommend using The Refresh Mint - Exfoliating Moisture Mask up to three times a week after cleaning at night to clarify the pores and balance the skins moisture. The Refresh Mint can also be used overnight as a spot treatment on any of those pesky blemishes. After the mask, tone your skin with The Optimist - Hydrating Brightening Essence for additional antioxidants, amino acids, fatty acids, and nutrients. For smoothing, brightening, and acne fighting properties use The Straight A - Advanced Gentle Retinol Serum. The next step is a facial oil, try the fast-absorbing The Supercritical Omega-3 Chia Face Oil or the skin-loving The Super Naked Plum + Chia Face Oil. And to kick your routine up a notch – or three or four – you can cocktail your face oil together with The Advanced Response Complex - Rapid Regenerating Firming Face & Neck Moisture Cream. The Advanced Response complex is a wildly effective anti-aging cream. It’s so lightweight, with clinically-proven efficacy and intense moisture.
After cleansing and toning, for sensitive skin types we recommend using The Eye Achiever - Multi-Correctional Eye Serum to gently moisturize the skin with essential nutrients and protect the delicate eye area. Lock in these serums with The Supercritical Omega-3 Chia Face Oil or The Super Naked Plum + Chia Face Oil. The Super Naked is free from added fragrance, making it a great option for those sensitive to essential oils. We’re going to start sounding super repetitive, but always finish your routine with a SPF.
At night after cleaning, we recommend the Optimist Hydrating Essence once again. The next step should be The Eye Achiever - Multi-Correctional Eye Serum for added moisture, firming and a boost of super-nutrients around the eyes. The Straight A - Advanced Gentle Retinol Serum is so gentle it can be used on even the most sensitive skin for resurfacing, anti-aging, and acne fighting properties. For added moisture, you can add an Omega fatty acid-rich face oil, such as The Supercritical Face Oil or The Super Naked Chia + Plum Oil. And to kick your routine up a notch – or three or four – you can combine with The Advanced Response Complex - Rapid Regenerating Firming Face & Neck Moisture Cream for additional firming and anti-aging effects, or The Super Blend - Pressed Serum Multi-Correctional Moisture Concentrate for a boost of intense moisture and brightening Vitamin C in your routine.
Your skin care doesn’t have to be complex to be effective- discover your new routine today.