The Skincare Routine Order You Should Follow

The skincare industry churns out a massive volume of products with a wide variety of promises, benefits and treatments. There are cleansers, toners, serums, moisturizers, makeups and so on. The list never seems to end. The problem is we can’t use them all and if we did, we’d end up looking like a walking wedding cake. People have tried!

As important as it is to find the products that are right for you, its equally as important to apply them in the right order. In this article we are going to focus on your daily routine, and address the most effective order for your product application.

What order should you follow in your skincare routine?

To achieve your goal of smooth, gorgeous skin, here are the steps we recommend following. Should you ever forget, the best rule of thumb is to start with those products that have the thinnest consistency and then work through to those with the thickest.

  1. Cleanser: Your skincare routine should always begin with a thorough cleansing of the skin. It’s important to start off by removing excess oil, environmental microscopic debris and dead skin cells so you don’t wind up clogging your pores. This cleansing process also helps prepare your skin to fully absorb the products that follow. If it’s night time and you have makeup to remove, you may want to consider using an oil-based makeup remover before turning to your cleanser. This will allow a much deeper cleanse to ensure you’ve removed all of your makeup.
  2. Toner: Next up is your toner. Toners play a continued role in the cleansing process by removing any last traces of oil and debris from the skin, leaving you with a totally clean base. That said, the benefit of a toner doesn’t stop there, good toners will also nourish the skin and balance its pH.
  3. Serum: Your serum is next. High quality serums are choc full of delicious nutrients that will be eagerly soaked up by your freshly cleaned, well prepped skin. Serums applied this way will have the biggest impact on addressing common skin concerns like dryness, acne and blemishes.
  4. Eye Cream and Spot Treatments: Similar to serums, you want to apply certain treatments as close to the surface of the skin as possible. Here we are talking about products such as eye creams, for added hydration and smoothing fine lines, and spot treatments for defending against bumps and blemishes.
  5. Moisturizer: Now our products are getting a little thicker in consistency and it’s time to apply your moisturizer to keep your skin hydrated throughout the day. Even if you have oily skin, moisturizer is still crucial to ensure your skin looks and feels fabulous. In your night time routine, this will most likely be your last step before crawling into bed.
  6. SPF:  For your morning routine only, the final step is to apply an SPF to protect you against sun damage. Don’t be fooled into thinking just because the weather is cool, overcast or its winter, that the sun won’t find a way to your skin and quietly do its damage. Protecting your skin from the damaging rays of the sun is vitally important for preventing premature aging and skin cancer. If you plan on spending all day in a sunny environment you might even consider adding a couple of additional applications throughout the day.

The Takeaway for Amazing Skin

If you want your skin to look and feel its best, follow this skincare step order as closely as possible on a daily basis. Sticking to your routine is the only way to see long-term results in the way of clear, smooth, and youthful looking skin.