Skin Care Layering, the Japanese Skincare Routine for Flawless Skin

First there were the Korean sheet masks, and now there is there is the Japanese layering skincare routine. This Japanese skincare routine involves using a series of skin treatments daily. In contrast to BB creams, which are an all-in-one option, layering takes beauty regimes back to basics. The goal is to hydrate skin to the max: different products like facial cleansers, toners, facial essence with salicylic acid, and face creams are layered on to gently cleanse and deeply moisturise. Devotees of the Japanese layering skin care say it is the secret to a glowing complexion, so let's take a closer look at the latest skincare craze. There are six steps to this ritual, so slow down and take your time.


Remove makeup

The first step of the Japanese skincare routine is to get rid of makeup and other toxins from your face. Clogged pores are a breeding ground for bacteria and can give rise to acne, breakouts, and textured and dull skin. Use the L’Oréal Paris Revitalift Crystal Purifying Micellar Water to gently dislodge impurities and makeup, including waterproof mascara, without drying out your skin. This gentle makeup remover is suitable even for sensitive skin that is easily aggravated.


Cleanse your face

Using a gentle yet effective cleanser will rid your skin of pollution, micro-particles, and dust, as well as removing the facial oil. Double cleansing is an important part of this skincare routine as it leaves your skin feeling squeaky clean and ready to absorb the goodness from all the other skincare products. If you have oily skin, look for a facewash that helps control excess sebum production and gives your skin a fresh and matte finish. For dry skin, look for nourishing cleansers that do not strip off excess moisture from the topmost layer of your skin.


Purify your skin

Apply a toner or floral water to tighten pores, rebalance and purify your skin and brighten your complexion. Add a few drops of the toner or floral water on a cotton pad and gently swipe it across your face as part of your morning and nighttime skincare routine.


Hydrate your skin

Probably one of the most important steps of the Japanese skincare routine, hydrate your skin with a lightweight serum or essence that also delivers a host of other skin loving benefits. Facial essence with Salicylic acid have a higher concentration of active ingredients and are great for deep hydration. But what is salicylic acid and what are the benefits of salicylic acid for skin? A popular beta hydroxy acid (BHA), salicylic acid gently exfoliates the skin to unclog pores and clear skin. Here are some other uses of salicylic acid – hydrate the skin, reduce breakouts, control sebum production, and reduce dark spots and blemishes.

The L’Oréal Paris Revitalift Crystal Micro-Essence is packed with brightening active ingredients like Salicylic Acid and Centella Asiatica that penetrate up to 10 skin layers* and delivers the Centella Asiatica that hydrates the skin. Salicylic acid deep in the skin that exfoliates skin gently, refines texture, cleans pores, removes excess oil & soothes inflammation– an ultimate salicylic acid face treatment!

The L’Oréal essence with salicylic acid can also be used along with the L’Oréal Paris Revitalift Crystal Micro Essence Sheet Mask to provide best results. The sheet mask holds upto 30X more essence as compared to other masks**. The facial essence in this sheet mask - brightens, hydrates, refines texture and minimizes your pores. This sheet mask is suitable for all skin types and can be used thrice a week.

Here is how to use salicylic acid products to get the most out of them –

1. Apply three to four drops of the facial essence on freshly cleaned skin. This can be used in the morning and night.
2. Once the facial essence is absorbed into the skin, apply the sheet mask and leave it on for 15 minutes.
3. Remove the sheet mask after 15 minutes and massage the leftover product into the skin to deliver all the benefits of this sheet mask.

Another active ingredient that does big wonders on hydrating the skin and you definitely cannot miss on, is Hyaluronic Acid! You can use hyaluronic acid in the form of topical products like face cream, serum and even face mask!

The L’Oréal Paris Hyaluronic Acid Plumping Day Cream, L’Oréal Paris Revitalift 1.5% Hyaluronic Acid Serum and L’Oréal Paris Revitalift Hyaluronic Acid Fresh Mix Serum Sheet Mask are great addition to your daily and weekly skincare routine, especially if you have been looking for ways to learn how to soothe irritated skin. Suitable for all skin types, even sensitive skin, the 1.5% Hyaluronic Acid Serum boosts your skin’s radiance by 42%*** and gives ultimate hydration! Follow this up with the Hyaluronic Acid Cream, and see results in no time!

Use the Hyaluronic Acid Fresh Mix Serum Sheet Mask to pamper your skin and lock in hydration on days when you need it instantly!



Regardless of your skin type, your skin needs moisturiser. Select a moisturiser that meets your needs, such as anti-wrinkle, anti-ageing, anti-fatigue, mattifying or SPF.

Eye Cream

The delicate area around your eyes does not contain sebaceous glands, which means an eye cream is essential to keep your eye contours hydrated. You can try the L'Oréal Paris Revitalift Triple Action Transforming Eye Cream to moisturize the skin around eyes, boost radiance, and reduce wrinkles.

Layering has a devoted following. Though the routine does take time, it's a great way to pamper yourself and unwind. On days when you are not in a rush, give this Japanese skincare routine a try to maintain your youthful radiance and enjoy radiant and glowing skin.

*Within epidermis in the stratum corneum layer
**30X more absorbing capacity as compared to dry tissue weight
***Basis an instrumental test