How Do You Layer Skin Care Products?

How Do You Layer Skin Care Products?


Skin care often requires multiple steps and multiple products. The process may seem daunting because most of us can’t figure which order to use the products. Once the confusion sets in, the process takes more time, and many of us will forego this important routine to save time.


You may be tempted to believe the order in which you apply your products doesn’t make a difference – but it does. What is the right way to orchestrate your skin care routine so that it requires the least amount of guesswork?


  1. Exfoliate. Skin needs to be prepped with exfoliation so that all the dead cells can be removed. The products are more effective this way. I recommend using a Clarisonic brush The Clarisonic brush oscillates differently than most brushes so that your pores are cleaned at a deeper level without causing friction to your skin. The Clarisonic brush head moves at a sonic frequency of over 300 movements per second to cleanse your skin six times more effectively than manual cleansing.
  2. The product that works the most effectively, such as a retinol, needs to be applied first.
  3. Next, you want to apply the products from the thinnest to the thickest. This rule of thumb can be used for most products, but if you have any concerns, you should check with your esthetician.  
  4. The last step should be to create a barrier. Typically, these products are the sunscreens for your daytime routine and moisturizers for your night routine.


These steps should allow your skin care routine to be quick and effective. In about a week, the process should become routine, ensuring that you will continue to spend a few minutes each day on skin care.

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