Do you know how to layer your skincare products? Less is more.

The internet is a wonderful tool, but it can be confusing too, with the excess of information sometimes causing more harm than good. Influencers share their beauty tips on TikTok and Instagram, but unfortunately, some create confusion on how to best layer your skincare products. They teach complicated skincare routines with too many steps and an excess of skincare products. Luckily, dermatologists are coming forth on social media to dismiss misinformation. For example, the actress-turned-beauty-guru Gwyneth Paltrow recently shared her controversial beauty routine on Vogue. Dr Shereene Idriss reacted with a super educational video that dismisses several current beauty trends. She explains step by step all the erroneous and, quite frankly, dangerous information in Paltrow’s skincare routine. 

Since no miracle product or ingredient does it all, you’ll need more than one step in your daily routine, and of course, there is the right order (and the right time) to do it. So, backed by science, here are the beauty routine steps women of all ages must follow to best layer skincare products. And because your nighttime routine is the most important one, we will start by that.

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How to layer your night time skincare products 

Pollution builds up throughout the day, so first thing; it’s important to get rid of the impurities that clog your pores in order to allow the active ingredients to help your skin regenerate itself while you sleep.

  • 1 – Makeup remover

Before you layer any skincare product on your face, take off your makeup and superficial impurities with a good makeup remover.

  • 2 – Cleanse your face

Massage thoroughly your face with a cleanser and then, wash it off.

  • 3 – Exfoliate

This is a very important step in your skincare routine that you shouldn’t overlook – and never overdo. Make sure you exfoliate your skin two or, maximum, three times a week. Be careful with physical and DIY exfoliation as they can be too aggressive, especially if you have acne because it can leave you with scars. Chemical exfoliators like Alpha hydroxy acids (AHAs) and Beta hydroxy acids (BHAs) improve skin texture and leave it fresh and ready for the next steps.

  • 4 – Apply a serum

After the first three steps, your skin is immaculate and will absorb whatever skincare products you layer next. So make sure to use an excellent serum packed with active ingredients to nourish the skin overnight. Chose the serum according to the specific problem you want it to tackle, be it pigmentation, redness, fine lines or dehydration.

  • 5 – Time for retinol or retinoid

Here is a crucial step to achieve glowing, healthy-looking skin. These are the products your skin needs to produce more collagen, even out skin tone and fight fine lines.

  • 6 – Moisturiser

Finally, the last step is to use a good moisturiser, although, if you have sensitive skin, better use it before the retinol. 

How to layer your daytime skincare products

For your daytime beauty routine, you won’t need to follow all the 6 steps above mentioned. A simpler and shorter routine suffices.

  • 1 – Wash your face

In the morning, wash your face with cold water only. Do not use a cleanser as you have already used it at night time, and you don’t want to over strip your skin of its natural oils.

  • 2 – Antiodixant serum

Apply an antioxidant serum to counteract the negative effects of pollution, and brighten the skin. If you have time enough, add another step after you layer the product, a skincare massage with a jade roller to help promote lymphatic drainage and depuff eyes. And if you don’t have one, just keep a spoon in the fridge and use it instead.

  • 3 – Moisturiser

Make sure you spread the moisturiser not only onto your face but also down your neck and exposed chest area.

  • 4 – Sunscreen

As we know it too well, we need to wear sunscreen every day. Be generous when applying sunscreen. And, as with your moisturiser, don’t forget your neck and chest, and since you’re at it, the back of your hands too! Additionally, read about the myths and reality of How much SPF we really need.

The last step in your beauty routine; drink plenty of water! You may also like to watch how to use coconut oil in your beauty routine.

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Title photo by Humphrey Muleba on Unsplash

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