How to Layer Skincare Products Properly

If you are into skincare, you’ve probably heard the saying that ‘your skin is an investment so spending and indulging a bit more won’t hurt you’; however, if you want to make the best use of your products to have better skin, you have to learn how to layer them properly. Why? Because if you use it in the wrong sequence, there’s a chance for some products to block the ones you’ll be using after that, rendering your skincare routine pointless and your skincare products worthless.

There are two main principles to remember when layering the products.

First, use products with a lighter consistency than the thicker ones.

Second, use products ranging from liquids to creams.

These two principles are very easy to remember and are kind of a no brainer. 

 If you use the thicker products first (oils, creams, and moisturizers) it creates a barrier on your skin that prevents the thinner products (usually water-based) from getting into the skin.

So what should you do? Use first the products that have ingredients that you want to penetrate the skin like the actives in serums or antioxidants, and then finish your routine with the thicker products to create that ‘barrier’ to seal the ingredients in.

The basic steps include:


PART 1: Cleansing is the most important part of your routine because when applying your products, you want to make sure that you have a clean ‘slate’ so that your products can be absorbed efficiently by the skin, and that only happens when your face is free from oil, dirt, and bacteria.

The Quinoa One-Step Balanced Gel Cleanser removes bacteria from the skin, defends skin from the harsh effect of UV rays and free radicals, and gently removes makeup and dead skin cells.


Part 2: Toner is a step to ‘tone’ or even out your skin. It’s just a layer to prepare your skin for the next products. Most toners nowadays have gentle and hydrating ingredients that deal with various skin concerns. If your skin is acne-prone, it’s better to look for products that have alpha-hydroxy acid (AHA) or beta-hydroxy acids (BHA, like salicylic acid) to free the pores, reduce breakouts and dissolve blackheads over time.

Axis-Y’s Daily Purifying Treatment Toner contains a gentle concentration of BHA to clear out pollutants and bacteria settled deep within the pores.


PART 3: Ampoules. What’s that? Apricot. No! Ampoules. It may be the first time that you’ve heard of this skincare product because decades ago, we were just using bar soaps for our face. It’s the 20th century, so I’m helping you keep up. Basically, an ampoule is a supercharged serum imbued with a higher concentration of active ingredients that are meant to be used for short periods. Remember when I talked about using the ingredients that you want for your skin to absorb easily? I’m talking about this one. It is best to use this product when you are having a skincare emergency. Ampoules usually come in bottles with droppers.

The Artichoke Intensive Skin Barrier Ampoule is a light product full of antioxidants and antibacterial agents to support the skin’s natural healing process.


Part 4: Serums: I created a post before about the fast facts of serum. If you want to read more about it then click here. For this post, I just want you to know that serums are meant to be used directly on your skin, after cleansing and before applying your moisturizers. Serums are also potent with active ingredients that nourish the skin but on lesser quantities than ampoules. Similar to the toners, serums usually target specific skincare concerns.

Dark Spot Correcting Glow Serum geared towards correcting dark spots, uneven skin tone, sun spots, and acne marks to reveal clearer and brighter skin.

Moisturizers or Creams

Part 5: Moisturizers or creams: No matter what happens this is the skincare routine that you shall never skip! It’s one of the trinities of skincare: cleansing, toning, moisturizing. The rest is good for your skin because a little bit more of self-pampering won’t kill you but thou shall not skip this part because this is the only step that keeps your skin barrier healthy so it can function efficiently and effectively. Aside from giving your face moisture, it also seals all of the products underneath it, so your skin has more time to absorb it. Creams are similar to moisturizers in function but they are thicker in consistency as they are mostly oil-based.

Cera-Heart My Type Duo Cream has 2 unique formulas to hydrate the oily T-zone and the usually dry U-zone (lower cheek, jaw, and chin)


Part 6: Applying sunscreen is the last step because sunscreen has nothing to offer your skin, so you don’t want it going inside your skin, unlike the other products. Think of this product as the frontline soldier that aims to protect your skin against the harmful effects of the sun, so it’s the first thing that comes closest to the environment, and the last to go in your skincare routine (in the morning).

Complete No-stress Physical Sunscreen is a lightweight cream that protects your skin from the sun with no pore-clogging effect and white cast

Face Masks

Part 7: A face mask is one of the ‘optional’ parts as they don’t have to be used every day. However, non-essential it may seem, these masks serve as skincare miracles because they give you a week’s worth of skincare product effects in just 10-20 minutes. Masks usually come in various forms such as sheet masks, mud masks, or clay masks. These masks are filled with good nutrients that are good for your skin to absorb to make it healthier and better from deep within. 

The Mugwort Pore Clarifying Wash-off Pack clears the pores of impurities, soothes inflamed and irritated skin, and gently exfoliates dead skin cells to reveal healthier and brighter skin.


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Until you read from me again.

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Author: juliandee