A Step-by-Step Guide to Layering Products for Your Face


Having a good skincare regimen is essential if you want to maintain a healthy-looking glow. From cleanser to serum and moisturizer, finding the perfect product combo can take your complexion to the next level. 

With so many products offering a myriad of benefits, you may get a little confused about the correct order of layering. Skincare layering entails applying different products ranging from the thinnest to the thickest consistency. Mixing up this order can affect the effectiveness of these products and their potent ingredients.

Here’s a step-by-step guide to help you get your glow on!

Step 1: Cleansing Oil

The first step in your skincare routine should be cleansing. If you’re wearing any makeup, double cleansing is the way to go. Take a pump of cleansing oil on a cotton pad and gently wipe your face in upward strokes. This step helps remove all the accumulated dirt while also adding much-needed moisture and hydration. 

Using a face oil will help remove any stubborn, waterproof makeup while softening your skin and prepping it for the next step. This is the best way to remove your makeup since it’s free of any harsh chemicals and parabens that may be present in other makeup removers.

When choosing an oil cleanser, ensure that it’s quick-absorbing, lightweight, and moisture-rich so that it instantly restores hydration without leaving an oily residue.

Step 2: Water Cleanser 

Double cleansing might seem like an extra step when you just want to unwind after a long day, but it’s essential for enviable skin—trust us! 

After you cleanse your skin well with the oil-based cleanser, follow up with a water-based cleanser. Massage it onto wet skin in circular motions and rinse with water before patting drywith a clean towel. 


This helps unclog your pores and rids your skin of any unwanted dirt or oil that was left behind. Facial cleaners should be chemical-free, mild, and have a low-pH to ensure that they don’t cause any skin irritation or unwanted breakouts.


Pick one that’s suited for your particular skin type, ensuring that you don’t strip your skin’s natural moisture.

Step 3: Toner

After cleansing, sweep a cotton pad soaked with toner across your face, while avoiding the eyes.Toners help replenish and hydrate your skin,removing any dead skin cells and dirt left behind after cleansing. They also further remove any oil and traces of makeup, while reducingthe size of your pores and restoring your skin’s pH balance.


This fast-penetrating liquid can work wonders if used regularly. Just keep in mind that you should choose a toner that’s suitable for your skin type. 


Here’s a pro tip: Don’t forget your neck while using cleanser and toner. A lot of dirt and grime can accumulate here during the day, causing your neck to appear darker than your face. 


Step 5: Spot Treatment 

If you have a pimple or blemish, find an anti-inflammatory product to remedy itand go for a spot-drying treatment to clear up the rest. 

Pimples, cysts, and blemishes require products that penetrate through the skin and directly target the root of the problem.  After applying your toner, move into the spot treatment as this will allow your skin to absorb its benefits before you move on to heavier products. 

Step 5: Serum

Face serums are lightweight moisturizers that contain a high concentration of active ingredients like glycolic acid, hyaluronic acid, and vitamin C. From skin nourishment and brightening to acne prevention and anti-aging benefits, using a serum in your skincare routine is an absolute must.


Designed to target specific skin issues, face serums penetrate deeper into your skin to deliver active ingredientsand give you a glow from within.


Using a dropper, apply the product and gently work it in your skin. Let the concentrated formula absorb by letting it sit for five minutes or so before moving on to the next step. 

.Step 6: Moisturizer

Once your serum has had time to penetrate into the skin, it’s time for the main product! Moisturizers are one of the most commonly applied skincare products, but pairing it with the above products will help you maximize its benefits

A moisturizer locks in all the goodness of the potent products you used before it, giving your skin a buttery-soft feeling. Depending on your skin type, you can choose a moisturizer that works for you. Thicker creams work best on dry and combination skin and gels are recommended for oilier skin types. 


Take a pea-sized amount onto the palm of your hand and gently pat it over your face and neck. Once your skin is covered, massage the product into your skin in circular motions until it’s completely absorbed. Choosing a moisturizer with SPF qualities is a great way to get some added protection from the sun’s harmful UV rays while making your skin soft as ever.

Step 7: Eyecare

Finish off your skincare routine with an eye cream. These are specially formulated to brighten the skin under your eyes, reduce puffiness, and add an extra bit of moisture. The skin under your eyes is thinner and delicate compared to the rest of your body, which is why it deserves extra care. 

Apply your eye cream with your ring finger, using slow tapping motions to ensure you go light and easy on the delicate skin. 

Want to maximize the soothing properties of your eye cream? Keep it in the refrigerator for the ultimate, refreshingwake-up call in the morning!


About the Author

The author is the owner of an Australian-based skincare company, specializing in a range of effective and natural skincare products suited for various skin types. With a passion for skin biology, their business, Efani Co., provides its customers with reliable skincare solutions for specific skin issues. They are dedicated to offering effective, science-based skin therapy to solve real skin problems.