Skin Care

Skincare Order: A Step-by-Step Guide on Layering Skincare Products

Following a proper skincare order is crucial to address your skin concerns and reap maximum benefits from various skincare products that adorn your vanity. However, with the skincare and beauty industry evolving and introducing new products like serums, and toners, you might wonder what role each of these products play and how to layer them on your skin. So, sit back and relax, even if you are super confused about layering skincare products. In this article, we will provide a step-by-step guide on skincare order that will help you learn the correct way to apply skincare products and get you the glowing, radiant, spot-less skin of your dream.

Importance of Following A Skincare Order

Depending on the purpose, texture and formula, the absorption time of individual products vary from one another. Some products might need you to wait for five minutes, while some can take 20 minutes before moving to the next step in your regimen. So, if your skincare routine (both daytime and night-time) includes multiple steps, following a skincare order will help you understand how long to wait to allow each product to seep into your skin and then layer another one. Besides, layering skincare products correctly also ensures that all the key ingredients penetrate into the skin properly and deliver optimal benefits.

Pro tip: Assess your skin type and give attention to your skin concerns and demands before choosing any products.

Correct Way of Layering Skincare Products

Serum, moisturiser, sunscreen or eye cream, what to apply first? While framing your skincare order focus first on the products with the thinnest consistency and gradually move to the ones that have thicker texture. It means you need to apply liquid-based products first and then creamy ones.

Pro tip: Make sure key ingredients such as antioxidants get the chance to penetrate the basal layer and moisturisers close the skincare order.

Morning and Night Skincare Routine Order

Establish your daytime skincare order in a way that can give you superior protection from sun damage and external aggressors.

AM Skincare Order

  1. Step 1: Cleanser
  2. Start your morning skincare routine by cleansing your face with a gentle face wash. You can go for oil-based or water-based cleansers as per your skin type.

    We recommend you opt for L’Oréal Paris Glycolic Bright Daily Foaming Face Cleanser that gently exfoliates impurities and removes dullness to let flaunt even and glowing skin.

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  3. Step 2: Toner
  4. Toner helps to refresh your skin without stripping away its natural moisture. It means, if you have sensitive skin, you can use toner without causing excessive dryness. Many people tend to skip toner and if you too have avoided toner for a long time and managed to maintain healthy skin, you can jump to the next step of skincare order to get maximum hydration.

  5. Step 3: Essence
  6. Face essence boosts the skin’s absorption power and allows other skincare products to show their effectiveness. It is more like a primer and helps to prep your skin. You can choose essence to increase the hydration level of your skin or look for products that both provides hydration and tackles age-related skin concerns.

    We recommend you use the L'Oreal Paris Revitalift Crystal Micro-Essence.

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  7. Step 4: Serum
  8. Wondering what is the correct order of skincare? Apply face serum after you tone your skin and use essence. These lightweight products contain active ingredients and help hydrate skin, make it even-toned, reduce dark spots, etc.

    We recommend you use the L’Oréal Paris Glycolic Bright Skin Brightening Serum which helps reduce five years of dark spots in four weeks.

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  9. Step 5: Eye Cream
  10. Just like it’s important to cleanse your face twice a day, it’s equally crucial to take care of your under-eye area by applying an eye cream both in the morning and night. However, if you want to keep your skincare order minimal during the daytime, shift this step before bedtime.

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  11. Step 6: Moisturiser
  12. Face cream is a staple skincare product in your vanity. If you skip eye cream during the day, you can apply moisturiser or day cream after face serum and seal the moisture within your skin.

    We recommend you use the L’Oréal Paris Glycolic Bright Day Cream with SPF 17 that gives protection from the sun all the while reducing dark spots and brightening your skin.

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  13. Step 7: Sunscreen
  14. If your day cream doesn’t offer sun protection, you can trust a sunscreen to lower the risk of skin cancer and signs of ageing. Remember, sunscreen should be the penultimate step in layering skincare products.

    We recommend you use the L'Oreal Paris UV Defender Serum Protector Bright and Clear.

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PM Skincare Order

Night-time allows your skin to absorb nutrients better and repair the damage that occurred during the day. Hence, you must know the correct order of skincare regimen to take the best care of your skin while you catch up on your beauty sleep.

  1. Step 1: Double Cleansing (Makeup removal + cleansing)
  2. Remove dirt, dust, oil, makeup trapped in your skin with makeup remover. You can opt for a no-rinsing micellar water and follow it up with face wash if needed.

  3. Step 2: Toner + Essence
  4. Hydrate and nourish your skin with face toner and essence. Wondering in what to apply skincare products like toner and essence? If you have included both toner and essence in your skincare routine, apply toner first and follow it up with essence.

  5. Step 3: Eye Cream
  6. Protect your under-eye area from dark circles, wrinkles by using eye cream at night.

  7. Step 4: Night Cream
  8. The last step of your night-time skincare order should end with a night cream. This skincare product helps to soothe skin and ensure you get an even-toned skin complexion.

    We recommend you use the L’Oréal Paris Glycolic Bright Glowing Night Cream that helps combat dullness and gives you visibly glowing skin.

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Follow the correct skincare order and let your skin receive the maximum advantage from the dedicated products. Need professional assistance to create skincare routine? Head to the L'Oreal Paris Skin Genius tool to analyse your skin like an expert and create personalized skincare routines.