In the age of social media and Tik Tok trends it is easy to get overwhelmed with the amount of skincare information out there and it can seem to be a running grocery list of serums and creams that you need for the perfect routine. However once you lock down all these must-have products, how do you work out what order to apply them? Having a well-rounded skincare routine is important for maintaining healthy and youthful-looking skin, but applying the right products in the right order is just as important. Layering your skincare correctly helps to maximise the benefits of each product, ensuring that your skin receives the maximum amount of hydration, nutrients and protection.
To make it easy for you, we’ve prepared a step-by-step guide on how to layer your skincare for optimal skin health. Let’s get into it.
Why Order Of Application Matters
The order in which you apply your skincare is important because it affects how well each product works and how effectively they penetrate the skin. Different skincare products have different textures and formulations, and applying them in the right order ensures that each product is absorbed optimally. Other reasons you want to make sure you are applying your skincare in order include:
- Prevents Product Interaction
Layering products in the correct order prevents them from interacting with each other, reducing the risk of irritation and sensitivity.
- Avoids Interference
Applying certain products, such as moisturisers, first can create a barrier on the skin that your other products cannot break through. This means your lovely serums or essences could be going to waste – which is not what we want.
- Let Active Ingredients Do Their Thing
Skincare products utilise both active and inactive ingredients to help solve skin concerns. By layering your skincare correctly you allow for the active ingredients within your skincare to do their job without getting lost in translation.
How To Layer Your Skincare
First things first, you need to cleanse. The first step in any skincare routine is always to cleanse the skin. Cleansing helps remove dirt, oil and makeup that could otherwise cause skin congestion or breakouts. It also creates a clean base so the rest of your products can absorb into your skin.
Try our Charcoal Cleansing Stick formulated with argan, sesame, almond and coconut oils to clean, soften and nourish the skin.
This one is a bonus step as you don’t use it every day. We recommend using a scrub 2-3 times per week to help remove dead skin cells and stimulate cell renewal through gentle abrasion. It also can help brighten your skin tone, unclog pores and stimulate blood flow to the face promoting healthy skin turnover. You can swap this in instead of cleansing before the rest of your routine.
This Cleansing Facial Scrub is a great exfoliator to include in your weekly routine.
A skin essence is a lightweight, hydrating product that is optimally used as the second step in your skincare routine. It has a myriad of benefits including improved skin texture, brightened skin tone and boost hydration levels. It is important to use your skin essence after cleansing but before moisturising to ensure you reap the benefits. They are designed to penetrate deeply into the skin, delivering a high dose of nutrients, hydration and active ingredients that can help to improve the overall health and appearance of the skin. By nourishing and hydrating the skin, it can help reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles and increase overall skin radiance. And if that hasn’t sold you yet, it can also help improve the efficacy of your other skincare products, as it creates a more optimal environment for absorption.
We love our Marine Healing Essence, to reduces inflammation and free radical stress as it is formulated with 97% naturally derived ingredients.
Next up it’s time to apply your serum. Serums are concentrated formulas that contain a high percentage of active ingredients designed to target specific skin concerns such as fine lines or hyperpigmentation. We want to always apply our serums before moisturiser so that the product can adequately absorb all of those delicious active ingredients.
- Eye Cream
You guessed it, it’s time for eye cream. Eye creams are specifically formulated to hydrate and brighten the delicate skin around the eyes. Apply a small amount of eye cream to the eye area, gently tapping with your ring finger to help reduce the appearance of dark circles and puffiness.
Our Peptide Eye Renewal is a trip-action concentrate filled with active peptides to address fine lines, dark circles and puffiness.
Arguably the most important step in your skincare routine. Moisturising is essential to hydrate the skin and lock in moisture. A common misconception is that those with oily skin don’t need moisturiser, but oily skin is often a sign of dehydrated skin trying to bring itself back to balance. It is the final step in your routine as it seals it all in.
A crowd favourite is the Daily Face Fuel. Crafted with avocado, macadamia and passionfruit seed oils to smooth and nourish on the daily.
Didn’t think we’d forget sunscreen did you? If you are applying your skincare at night you can skip this one but it is important to reapply your sunscreen every 2-3 hours throughout the day. We want to ensure all your hard work and effort in the previous steps is worthwhile by making sure your skin is protected from harmful UV rays.
We would recommend an SPF 50+ for optimum protection like our Natural Sunscreen. It offers 50+ protection, acts as a primer under makeup and is cruelty-free.
So there you have it. This is the tried and true formula for laying your skincare for optimal skin health. Incorporating these steps, in this order will help your skin receive the maximum amount of hydration, nutrients and protection and help you get bang for your buck out of every item. Of course, you don’t need to incorporate every single one of these steps but just ensure you follow the above order with whatever products you have in your skincare repertoire.
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