How To Properly Layer Skincare: 7-Step Routine

Are you down with the double cleanse? Do you sheet mask like it's your job? When it comes to your skin, are you all about that K-beauty life? If you're looking to up your skincare game, you're in luck. We've got the lowdown on how to layer your skincare products like a pro.

Why Should You Layer Skincare Products?

No, skincare layering is not about putting on a million products until your skin can't breathe. In fact, skincare layering is all about finding the right order to apply your products so that each one can work its magic. Trust us, your skin will thank you for taking the time to do it right.

Your face is your canvas, and your skincare products are your paint. But just like with any work of art, the order in which you apply your products makes all the difference. Skincare layering ensures that each product is able to do its job properly and that your skin is getting the most out of every step.

How Should You Layer Skincare Products?

As a general rule, you should always apply skincare products in order of lightest to heaviest. If you place more lightweight products first, the skin can easily absorb the products and get the maximum benefit. If you place a heavier product before a lighter one, then it won't reach your skin and will have little to no effect.

Layering The Right Way: 7-Step Routine

Skincare layering might sound complicated, but don't worry! We've curated a simple 7-step customizable process that you can follow to properly layer your products and get the most from your routine. You can use this routine daily in the morning and at night. However, there are slight differences between morning and night routines which we will cover below.

1. Cleanser

The first step in any skincare routine is to gently cleanse the face, removing any makeup, dirt, and debris that may have built up overnight or throughout the day. You may want to double cleanse in the evening if you have stubborn makeup that doesn't come off the first time.

Tip: If you want to use a sheet mask, feel free to use it immediately after cleansing your face. Wear for the recommended time and massage any excess product into the skin using soft, circular motions.

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2. Toner

Once your skin is squeaky clean, you can begin to apply the lightest product first. In our routine, that would be toner. Toner typically looks and feels like water but is packed with hydrating ingredients and helps your skin absorb other products better.

3. Serum

Serums are essential to a successful skincare routine. They contain concentrated amounts of key ingredients that help solve various types of skin concerns. You can choose serums that combat acne, wrinkles, hyperpigmentation, and more. However, they should not be used together, so we recommend using Vitamin C in the morning and retinol at night.

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Other serums contain potent combinations of powerful ingredients to target multiple concerns at once. The Dēpology Peptide Complex Anti-Wrinkle Serum contains Argireline™ to prevent facial contractions that cause wrinkles, birch juice to reduce inflammation, and hyaluronic acid for intense hydration. The Dēpology Matrixyl 3000 Collagen Serum contains Matrixyl 3000 to reduce wrinkles, hyaluronic acid and glycerin for hydration, and aloe barbadensis to promote skin healing.

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4. Eye Cream

Eye cream is a great way to show a little extra love to the area around your eyes. This area is prone to wrinkles like crow's feet, so applying eye cream can help diminish and prevent these wrinkles.

5. Spot Treatments

If you use spot treatments to combat concerns like acne or dark circles, this is the time to use them. Yes, you read that right. You should apply spot treatments BEFORE a heavier moisturizer, or they won't be able to reach the skin. Spot treatments should be applied as close to the skin as possible for best results. You can just apply any remaining products around the areas where you use the spot treatment.

6. Moisturizer

Moisturizer is necessary for everyone, regardless of skin type. This will give your skin the hydration it needs and lock in the previous ingredients so they can continue to work their magic. You can use a lighter moisturizer during the day, but we recommend using a thick moisturizer or night cream in the evening to let your skin heal and absorb those beneficial skincare ingredients overnight.

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7. SPF

No matter what your skin type is or how cloudy it is outside, you always need to wear SPF during the day. Make sure you're using sunscreen or moisturizer with at least SPF 30 to protect your skin from harmful UV rays, which are among the top causes of aging skin.

The Final Verdict : how to layer your skincare

Now that you know all about skincare layering, it's time to put your knowledge to the test. Gather up all your favorite products and get started. Remember, the order is important, so take your time and enjoy the process. Your skin will thank you for it.