How to Apply Your Skincare Products in the Right Order

Are you getting the most out of your products? 

With so many products in your skincare routine, does it really matter if you apply your retinol before your favorite serum? Or how about your oil before your moisturizer? 

Well, the answer is YES! It matters. Let us help you break it down. 

Step 1: makeup remover

If you wear makeup, or sunscreen (which you should be), a double cleanse in the evening is a total must! We recommend using an oil based cleanser or balm to gently remove your makeup before you cleanse. You can skip this step in the morning.  

A nourishing blend of light but powerful organic plant oils make this oil-based cleanser gentle yet effective at cleaning skin and removing makeup. 

A natural micellar water to gently remove face and eye makeup and cleanse skin. Featuring hydrating aloe vera and antioxidant-rich ginkgo biloba. 

Step 2: cleanser 

Now that your makeup is, it is time to actually get your face clean. Whether you like a cream based cleanser or a foam, always choose something that is gentle enough for daily use. We really like a cleanser that is formulated with oils to help soothe the skin and infuse vitamins and antioxidants.  




Step 3: toner

A balancing toner is always a good idea as a final step to cleansing, just to restore your skin’s pH and prep it for treatment products such as retinol and serums. 




Step 4: treatment products

Next, is where you want to bring in the most concentrated and active ingredient products in your skincare routine. You want them on clean, bare skin without a lot of dead cell build-up, so they have the best chance of penetrating the skin. 

You want to use any acne spot treatments, antioxidant serums, vitamin C serums, retinols/retinoids, and any other targeted skincare treatments. If you are using more than one treatment product, give yourself 60 seconds in between applications to let the products really sink in!

Your antioxidant serums and vitamin C can be applied morning and night, but because retinoids break down in sunlight, they should only be worn in the evening.




Step 5: eye cream and moisturizer

Next up moisturizer, if you need it. This step may not be a must for everyone morning and night! If your skin is normal to oily, you may be able to get away with a serum alone in your morning routine. Also keep in mind that face creams that are too rich and heavy, or applied in a thick layer can often clog pores and trigger breakouts.

Now, when it comes to eye cream we live in the...yasss girl yasss you need it, category! 




Step 5: face oil

The final step! Face oil. Not everyone has to or wants to use a face oils, but if you do, it should always be your last moisturizing step. This is because it oil acts like a barrier, locking in the hydrating benefits of all your other products. (So, anything you put on top of it won't absorb as effectively.) 

We are big fans of oils because they pack a mighty punch. They are not diluted with other ingredients, which means you are getting them in a higher concentration! This is great because you are getting more bang for your buck, and a little goes a long way! 

Step 5: sunscreen 

Sunscreen should be the last step in your daytime skin care routine. We recommend using a mineral sunscreen that contains zinc oxide and/or titanium dioxide as an actual physical barrier that works immediately, blocking both UVA (sun rays that lead to premature aging and wrinkles) and UVB (rays that cause sunburn).