Does the order of things really matter when it comes to your skincare? Why put on vitamin C in the morning, why not do it at night? Should oil go last? Isn't the rule thinnest to thickest, my oil seems pretty thin to me?
These are all very valid questions, with so many product categories out there things can get confusing. But there really is a correct way to apply your skincare products, and if you follow the order you will see a huge difference in your skin and the way your products perform.
Your skincare routine, and the order in which to apply your skincare products for the maximum benefit.
Start with water-based products before oil-based. Oil and water don't mix, therefore oil-based products can block water from penetrating the skin. So, apply water-based first and let your skin absorb them before you move on to oil-based.
This is where the thinnest to thickest rule comes in, go from light to heavy as far as the texture of the product goes. Again, the more water in the product (is it the first or second ingredient on the label?) means you want to apply it at the beginning of your routine, products such as toners and serums. The heavier or thicker the product, think moisturizers, creams, or lotions would come next. Then oil! If this is your daytime routine you would follow all of that up with SPF.
Of course, there are days where you want to keep things minimal and just cleanse and apply a moisturizer with SPF, that's great! Also taking cues from your skin is very important as well. You do not have to use a 12 step routine to have healthy, glowing skin. It's all about keeping your skin barrier intact.
When you want to apply products or stick to a routine, following these steps will help your products penetrate the skin and give you the best results!