This Is The Ideal Order To Layer Products To Get Clear Skin
The key to achieving clear and flawless skin is having a dedicated routine in place that keeps your skin healthy and addresses its concerns. However, simply using products or certain ingredients is not enough, it is equally crucial to layer them in the correct order. Layering the products correctly can help maximise the benefits of each product and ensure that your skin is receiving the right ingredients at the right time. If you want to know whether you’ve been following the process correctly, here is a detailed guide on the ideal order to apply skincare products for maximum effectiveness and clear skin.
Ideal Order To Apply Skincare Products
Cleansing is the first and common step across all skincare routines, irrespective of your skin type. It helps remove dirt, oil, makeup and other impurities to prevent clogged pores, acne breakouts and other skin issues. Choose a gentle cleanser that is suitable for your skin and massage it onto your face in circular motions for 60 seconds to remove all the dirt. In your night-time skincare routine, it is best to opt for double cleansing where you first cleanse your skin with an oil-based cleanser to remove residues of makeup, sweat and sunscreen and follow it with a soap-free cleanser. Try the Garnier Bright Complete Vitamin C Gel Facewash infused with the benefits of vitamin C and lemon, which helps eliminate dirt and oil gently without making your skin dry.
After cleansing your skin, the next step is using a toner. Toning helps restore the pH balance of your skin and removes any remaining dirt or oil. Toners also hydrate, soothe and calm your skin, tighten your pores and prepare the skin for the next set of products. While looking for toners, scan the labels and steer clear of the ones that contain alcohol as they can irritate your skin. Apply a few drops of toner onto a cotton pad and gently swipe it across your face or directly spritz it on your skin, avoiding the eye area.
Facial Serums are a highly concentrated form of antioxidants, hydrating agents, and active ingredients that penetrate deep into the skin, giving faster and better results. You can use serums to address specific skin concerns such as pigmentation, dark spots, hydration, acne, etc. Before you incorporate serums into your routine, it is best to consult your dermatologist to know the suitable actives for your skin concern. Using a serum sheet mask can also provide the benefits of facial serums and leave you with a nourished and healthy glow.
4. Eye cream
The next step in product layering is eye cream. The skin around the eyes is sensitive and delicate, requiring more care and hydration. The eye area is also more prone to dryness, fine lines, and wrinkles compared to the other parts of your face. Our hectic lifestyles and over-exposure to mobile and laptop screens have led to the appearance of dark circles and puffiness. Eye creams help maintain the moisture level around the eyes, and make it firmer and brighter. Apply a pea-sized amount of eye cream onto your ring finger and gently tap it onto the skin around your eyes.
Whether you have dry or oily skin, moisturising is a must. Using a moisturiser helps keep your skin hydrated, nourished and healthy. It also protects the skin’s natural barrier and makes your skin, supple, soft and glowing. For the day, opt for a lightweight moisturiser while applying a richer night cream for your night-time routine.
Your entire skincare routine will be incomplete if you do not finish your skin layering with sunscreen. Sunscreens shield your skin from the harmful UV rays that are the major cause of sun damage, premature ageing, pigmentation and even skin cancer. You must wear broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of 30 and above every day, come rain or shine. Apply a lightweight sunscreen generously on your face and neck at least 30 minutes before sun exposure and reapply every two hours if you are exposed to the sun. You can try the Garnier Bright Complete Vitamin C Serum Cream with SPF 40/PA +++. Powered by Yuzu Lemon extracts and 3X Vitamin C Serum, it protects your skin against skin tanning, dark spots and sunburn, giving you bright and blemish-free skin.
Tips To Keep In Mind While Layering Skincare -
- Keep a gap of a few seconds before layering each skincare product in order to allow them to fully absorb into the skin.
- Identify your skin type and use suitable products for best results.
- While following your skincare routine, you can add an exfoliator and face mask once a week to help remove dead skin cells and promote cell turnover.
- Consult your dermatologist before introducing new products in your routine and always perform a patch-test to avoid any adverse reactions.
Now that you are aware of the correct skincare layering order, check out our wide range of Garnier skincare products and start your journey towards clear, flawless skin.