With all the cleansers, toners, serums and moisturizers out there, it’s no wonder that figuring out the order of applying skincare products can feel seriously overwhelming. Well, stress no more, friend. From makeup remover to sunscreen, we’ve got the exact order in which you should layer your skincare, so you can make the most out of your products and continue being your gorgeous self.
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Start your routine with a non-drying cleanser, like the Gentle Cleanser by Skinceuticals ($34). To avoid breakouts, apply it all over your face with both hands, and then massage it into the face starting at the hairline in small, circular motions. Then rinse off with lukewarm water.
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Next up: toner. A toner is the perfect way to get rid of excess dirt and oil, and to help your face feel super squeaky clean. Not to mention it’s also really refreshing. Try Thayers toner with Rose Water and Witch Hazel ($6).
A serum is basically a multivitamin for your skin because they deliver active ingredients into the skin most efficiently. They’re applied before your creams since they’re thinner and need to soak into your skin first to reap its benefits. You need to choose a serum based on your skin’s needs. Dealing with breakouts? You might want to scoop up the Blemish Clearing Serum by Juice Beauty ($29). Tip: you want to press your serum into your skin, so it can truly work for you.
Moisturizer is the key ingredient in your skincare routine. Not only does it seal in your serum — so that it can work its magic — but it also proves much-needed hydration to your skin. Garnier’s SkinActive Moisture Rescue Refreshing Gel-Cream ($6) is a great option. Treat your moisturizer application like a mini-massage by using circular motions from your neck up to your forehead to help improve circulation — and to achieve that glow!
5. Eye Cream
No — eye cream isn’t just for old people! Incorporating eye cream into your skincare routine — whether during the day or at night — is a habit you’ll be glad you started now rather than later. The skin around the eyes is a super delicate area, so keeping it moisturized is a great idea. Plus, it will help keep your eyes looking bright and awake, reduce dark shadows, and minimize any early morning puffiness. E.L.F. Cosmetics Illuminating Eye Cream ($10) is a good bet.
Sunscreen is a vital component of your skincare routine — don’t forget about it! Sunscreen is the last thing you put on your face (that is, before your makeup) because it sits on top of your skin, so if it goes on first, it prevents other ingredients from penetrating. MDSolarSciences Mineral Tinted Crème Broad Spectrum SPF 30 ($32) is an awesome choice because its tinted matte finish serves as a perfect primer for your makeup.
7. Make Up Remover
OK, so your makeup remover is, technically, your final step in your skincare routine before you repeat the process all over again. This can be a super annoying chore — especially when you’re tired — but removing your makeup is critical before you attempt to apply anything to your face. Stubborn eye makeup is the WORST. Makeup remover wipes, like Burt’s Bees Eye Makeup Remover Pads ($6), can make things A LOT easier.