If you’re feeling lost on how to layer, thinnest to thickest is generally the best rule of thumb. For example, if you applied your serum (thinner) on top of your moisturizer (thicker), the serum and all its benefits wouldn’t be able to reach your skin. The correct order allows optimal absorption of each active ingredient. Remember, not all steps are required in your daily routine, but this is the best order when and if they are used. Always do what works for you!
- Eye cream
- Retinol (PM only)
- SPF (AM only)
CleanserCleansing is the first part of any skincare routine. Ensuring that your skin is free of makeup and excess oils will help you avoid unnecessary breakouts and sensitivity, while prepping skin ready for the rest of your routine. For a gentle cleanse for dry skin to nourish without stripping natural moisture, we recommend oil to milk cleanser. For more oily or blemish prone skin, we recommend our clarifying face wash AHA jelly cleanser.
TonerToning is an essential part of any skincare routine because it helps balance your skin’s pH (which can easily be disturbed makeup removers, or harsh surfactants) and helps eliminate any dirt, makeup, or grime left over from your initial cleanse. To soothe and hydrate between your cleanser and your serum, we recommend spritzing rosewater toner — bonus, it can be used on your roots to keep your scalp hydrated and refreshed between hair wash days, too!
Serums, which are generally lightweight and almost water-like, are formulated to provide your skin with a highly-concentrated boost of hydration, antioxidants, or nutrients. Applying your serum immediately after toner helps it sink deeper because your skin stays damp.For universal hydration for all skin types, opt for ceramide barrier serum. If you’re breakout-prone, postbiotic acne serum uses 1.5% salicylic acid to unclog pores.