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What is the Best Order to Apply Skincare?

What is the Best Order to Apply Skincare?

The Art of Skincare Layering

To some of us, skincare is sacred and double cleansing is a way of life. However, even for the most dedicated skincare lovers, it’s not always easy to know the skincare ‘rules’. How can I apply skincare products in the best order? What is the best method to maximise results? When it comes to skincare order, the general rule is to apply your skincare products from the thinnest to thickest. This dedicated guide will ensure that you achieve optimum results with every skincare session.

The Morning Refresh

Step One: Cleanser

Acting to remove any overnight build-up and create a fresh clean canvas for skincare and makeup, the first step in any skincare routine should always be a high-performance cleanser. Whether you prefer micellar water, cleansing gel, cleansing foam or cleansing milk, the first morning cleanse helps to maximise skincare efficacy and keep blemishes at bay.

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Step Two: Facial Mist or Hydrating Toner

Looking to boost hydration? Adding a facial mist or toner can help to lock in moisture and promote a healthy dewy complexion.

Step Three: Serum and Targeted Treatments

To achieve the perfect skincare order, serums should always be applied before moisturiser. This is because these two formulas work in harmony to provide multiple skincare benefits.

Step Four: Eye Cream

Many of us are guilty of neglecting the under-eye area, which is why adding an eye cream to your morning skincare routine can help to keep this sensitive area comforted and conditioned throughout the day.

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Step Five: Day Cream 

If you prefer a streamlined morning skincare regime, you could keep it simple and opt for Cleanser, Moisturiser and SPF. Day Cream ensures that the complexion is nourished with essential nutrients to keep skin smooth and prepped for makeup.

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Step Six: Face Oil 

If your skin is very dry in certain areas, applying a small amount of face oil in your morning routine can help to alleviate the look and feel of dryness. However, it’s important to be sparing with product application and allow time to sink in before applying SPF.

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Step Six: Facial SPF

A non-negotiable addition to your morning skincare routine, Facial SPF is a modern skincare staple that prevents sun damage, prevents the visible signs of ageing and damage from external aggressors.

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The Evening Detox

Step One: Micellar Water or Oil-based Cleanser

Remove all traces of makeup with a Micellar Water or an effective Cleansing Balm.

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Step Two: Gentle Hydrating Cleanser

Replenish moisture with a hydrating cleanser that won’t irritate the skin.

Step Three: Facial Mist, Hydrating Toner or Exfoliating Toner

While you might not have time to use facial mists in the morning, evenings are the perfect time for a little indulgence. It’s also the best time to use active ingredients such as AHA, Vitamin C and Retinol.

Step Four: Serum and Overnight Treatments

Serums and overnight treatments are highly beneficial for all skin types, utilising the hours when the skin is most receptive to active ingredients.

Step Five: Eye Cream

Whether you’re looking for an eye cream to smooth lines, boost radiance or condition this delicate area, discover our top picks below.

Step Six: Night Cream 

Select from anti-ageing night creams to lightweight formulas, all acting to repair and regenerate the skin overnight.

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Step Seven: Face Oil

The final step in your evening skincare routine, face oils actively restore radiance and improve the overall condition of the skin.

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