How exactly should I be layering my skincare?

Toners and serums and oils, oh my! 

Skincare routines can be daunting. What comes first, a serum or an essence? Does squalane oil get applied before moisturizer, or after? 

The more products you use, the more important proper layering becomes. Layering is particularly important when it comes to texture and concentration of your products. A rule of thumb we like to follow is to start with your lightest textures and highest concentrations, like toners, essences and serums. End with your heavier textures like your moisturizers and oils. This helps with absorption into the skin and efficacy of your products so they can do what they’re intended to do. 

Unsure on your eye products? Your eye product can really go over or under and it tends to be applied based on preference. Our tip: If you’re using an eye serum, layer in the same step as your facial serums, before your moisturizer. If you’re using an eye cream, layer last! Eye creams are usually rich and as a result thicker in texture, so it’s a good idea to end your routine with them.

Want to know exactly how much product you should be using? Check out our cheat sheet here.