The Ultimate Guide On How To Layer Your Skin Care Routine

The Ultimate Guide On How To Layer Your Skin Care Routine

by beauty expert, Katey Kristabelle

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Do you want to add a serum into your routine but have no idea when to incorporate it? Do you apply facial oils before or after moisturizer? When do you exfoliate? Questions about product layering are something I'm often asked as an aesthetician, so I’m going to provide the product layering blueprint for you to use as a guide whether you are a minimalist or an advanced multi step skincare enthusiast. If you are wondering what is the correct order of applying skin care products morning and night or what your skin care routine steps should be, keep reading!

The Best Skin Care Routine Tip

To simplify things, follow this general rule: apply your skincare from thinnest to thickest. That means thinner, liquid textured products, like toners and serums, come first and oil-based, creamy, or whipped products are applied towards the end.

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Now let's get into the actual steps and correct order for applying all skincare products. 

Morning Skin Care Routine Steps - Minimal & Advanced

A.M. Minimal

1. Cleanser
2. Hydrosol/toner (optional)
3. Skin Oil/moisturizer
4. SPF

    A.M. Advanced

    1. Oil cleanse

    2. Second cleanser

    3. Hydrosol/toner

    4. Serum/s

    5. Eye Care

    6. Moisturizer Oil/balm/butter

    7. Targeted Spot treatment

    8. SPF

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     Night Time Skin Care Routine Steps - Minimal & Advanced

    P.M Minimal

    1. Cleanse

    2. Hydrosol/toner (optional)

    3. Skin oil/moisturizer

    P.M Advanced

    1. Oil cleanse

    2. Double cleanse

    3. Hydrosol/toner

    4. Serums/oils

    5. Eye care

    6. Moisturizer/Oil/butter/balm

    7. Spot treatments

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    Steps To Incorporate In Weekly Skin Care Routine

    Exfoliate with a scrub or peel
    Continue with the rest of your routine



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    Now let's discuss what each step entails in more detail. 


    Helps to remove build up, oils, makeup, pollution, dirt and grime. Cleansing is arguably the most critical step of any skincare routine.


    There are astringent toners that help to degrease and kill bacteria on the surface of the skin, they might also contain acids.  And then there are floral waters, and hydrosols that work to replenish moisture levels into the skin and prepare it to absorb your other skincare product (damp skin takes in ingredients better than dry skin).


    These have a smaller molecule structure, or thinner texture and contain targeted active ingredients to focus on specific skin concerns, they can also penetrate deeper into the skin.

    Eye Care:

    The skin around your eyes is thinner and more delicate than the rest of your face, so it requires some gentle TLC. Eye skincare products work to target the specific concerns around the eye area like texture, dark circles, fine lines, puffiness and sagging.


    These work to lock in moisture. You can blend this step and replace a typical cream or lotion with an oil, butter, or balm or choose to layer the thicker products over top to seal in hydration. The minimalist might choose the all in one hydrating skin oil, where the multi step skincare enthusiast might use every texture all at once. If you’re using any silicone based moisturizers I recommend not layering them and using them on their own to avoid any piling of the products.

    Spot treatments:

    These are used for acne, pigmentation or localized skin conditions. These are best used last to avoid spreading them over all areas of the face where they are not needed and avoid any irritation.


    Sunscreen is your best defense against the signs of aging that the sun can draw to the surface of the skin. The minimalist opts to use their sunscreen as a moisturizer to keep the steps simple, where as the multi step will lather their sunscreen on top of the full morning routine.


    Have you heard of the new skincare trend Slugging? Check out our new blog post, Skin Care Slugging: What It Is, How To Do It & Why Slugging Has Become Popular in 2022

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