So this will be a quick and easy post, but hopefully very helpful and informative! A lot of people get confused on exactly how to layer or apply their products properly, so here’s an easy guide:


  1. Cleanse (either gentle cleanser or miceller water)
  2. Tone/essence (if you use one)
  3. Eye cream (always before other products and only use your ring fingers to apply)
  4. Serum (not an exfoliator, but an anti-ager or hyaluronic acid , if you use one)
  5. Moisturizer
  6. SPF~ always your final step before makeup, think of SPF as your barrier of protection from the sun


  1. Makeup remover (either cleansing balm, makeup towelette or your first of a double cleanse routine, its SO important to get all of your makeup off!)
  2. Cleanse (this is where I use my foaming cleanser, or deeper cleanser)
  3. Tone/essence
  4. Eye cream
  5. Exfoliating serum (be it glycolic or retinol or prescription)
  6. Moisturizer

This is the most basic routine, 6 steps, or 5 if you don’t use a toner. Always layer products from thinnest to thickest, no matter what, but prescriptions from your doctor should always go first after toning, that’s just the rule.

Hope this helps! Any questions, let me know below!


6 thoughts on “How to layer your skincare products…

    1. Yes, this is just for skincare, all your makeup would go after, and primer would usually be the first step… and I will do a post dedicated to SPF soon, it’s a big/hard topic to cover! Thanks for reading! 🙂


  1. Layering skincare is my biggest question. Vitamin C serum seems to be a holy grail for many and most say it should be the first thing you apply to clean skin.

    So AM, I currently cleanse, Vit C, eye cream, snail/bee essence (or whatever essence I’m trying at the time), day moisturizer, SPF. Do I really need to wait 10-15 min between each step? I try to do my skin care, make up and hair in under 30 minutes before hitailing it to work!


    1. You definitely do not have to wait so long between layers, about 30 seconds or until it absorbs is good… and by essence do you mean serum? Or essence like water? And yes, vitamin C serum, eye cream, day moisturizer and SPF is perfect for AM for you 🙂


      1. Great to hear! Yes, you’re right. The Snail/Bee essence is actually more like a serum. Its thicker, but not as thick as a moisturizer. Thanks!


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