You can use the best skincare products in the world, but you will never reach their full impact if you don’t apply them in the correct order. Renée Rouleau, celebrity skin care expert, explained, with a graphic that shows how in which order you should your toners, creams, and so on.
Important note: You should go from lightest to heaviest.
Layer 1: Apply toner.
You should apply a dime-sized amount of toner after removing all the grime on your face (sebum, dirt and makeup). Leave your toner damp on your skin. Rouleau explains that the toner has a consistency similar to water and serves as a carrier to bring the ingredients deeper into your skin. She also explains that it helps you get rid of face wash residue plus minerals, chlorine and salts that can be found in tap water, as well as plumps skin cells with hydration.
Layer 2: Apply serum.
Apply a dime-sized dollop of serum. To seal in moisture, you should always apply the serum to your skin while it is still damp. Rouleau recommends that you should use serums when you feel like your skin is in a rut and you would like to enhance the results of your basic skincare products. You should use products that contain ingredients which are beneficent to the type of your skin, like Vitamin C for brightening, peptides for firming, white tea for redness, and hyaluronic acid for hydrating.
Layer 3: Apply moisturizer.
You should use a nickel-sized dollop of moisturizer to smooth it all over your face. Rouleau explains that moisturizer shields your skin and serves as a sealant, keeping the other ingredients in your skin.
Layer 4: Apply eye cream.
Most eye creams are more concentrated and heavier than ordinary moisturizers, so a pea-sized amount is enough to apply underneath your eyes. Also, another great thing about eye creams is that they can act as a highlighter. Rouleau says that eye creams reflect light to camouflage the appearance of lines.
Layer 5: Apply SPF.
Rouleau warns that you should never skip this step. You should apply a nickel-sized dollop to your face and it will serve as a shield against the damaging sun’s rays.