Getting your skincare routine down pat can be a bit intimidating, especially if you’re new to the world of skincare. One common mistake when it comes to skincare routines is layering the products in the wrong order. Whether it is an extensive 10-step skincare routine that includes everything from toners, lotions and serums to face masks and moisturisers or a simple three-step routine with the basics, it’s essential to get the order in which you apply your skincare right.
While there are various opinions on what goes where in a skincare routine, we’ve come up with a general guide to layering your skincare based on consistency going from thinnest to thickest and starting with water-based formulations and ending with oil-dominant products.
Some pointers to keep in mind before we begin:
- Don’t feel pressured to do all the steps. Edit the routine to suit what works for your particular skin type.
- If you want to pare it down to the bare essentials, the necessary steps are cleansing, moisturising and sun protection.
- Retinols are a special breed that we don’t want to put in the sequence. For off-the-shelves options, follow the product instructions. For those prescribed by your dermatologist, follow their heed.
- When using products with active ingredients such as AHA/BHAs and vitamin C, limit the usage to just one product in your routine to avoid irritation.