The Proper Skincare Routine For You

You might think that what you put on your face first during your daily skincare routine doesn’t matter. Well, in actually fact it does. It’s normal to have little to no knowledge about the proper skincare routine. That’s why we’re here to break it down for you.

Why do we need a proper order for your skincare routine?

According to Dr. Heather Rogers, a board-certified dermatologist and dermatologic surgeon,  applying your skin care products in the proper order ensures that your skin receives the full benefits of each product.

The skin’s job is to keep things out but most of our skincare products have contents that we want in. This means only a small amount of key ingredients can penetrate the skin.

So if you do not apply the products in the correct order, you might not be able to see the best results.

What’s the correct order then?

All you have to do is apply your products with the thinnest consistency to thickest, or from liquid to cream.

You would have to use products that protect your skin from the sunlight, pollution and the elements for the day while peel pads and treatment products are for the night.


Step 1: Cleanser

Wash your face with a face wash designed for your skin type. You could also use cleansing oil for this.

Step 2: Toner

Toners were created to help return the skin’s pH after it became too basic from harsh soaps.  They can also serve multiple purposes, like act as a delivery system for antioxidants, vitamin B derivatives and even toning acids.

Step 3: Serums

It’s recommended that antioxidant serums are used as it provide a variety of benefits—from blunting your skin’s inflammatory response to neutralising damage from UV rays and environmental pollutants.

As for night time, opt for a serum filled with hyaluronic acid, which pulls water from the air into your skin to plump it up and keep it hydrated while you sleep.

Step 4: Eye Cream

It’s important to apply an eye cream at least every night as it will maintain the health and thickness of the eyelid skin. It improves the skin quality in this area early on ensures that the eyelid skin does not easily lose laxity and its smooth appearance later on.

Step 5: Spot Treatments

This could be for your acne treatment and prescription medications. This needs to be applied as close to the skin as possible to maximise their benefits.

Step 6: Moisturiser

Even if you have oily skin, you would still need moisturiser. The best time to apply a moisturiser is while the skin is still damp, so the sooner you go through applying your serum and treatment, the sooner you’re able to lock in much-needed hydration with your moisturiser.

However, if you have your acne cream on, its best if you skips those areas that you applied your cream at. This is so that the moisturiser does not interfere with the active ingredients.

Step 7: Face oil / Retinol

Face oil – Oils can easily penetrate moisturisers, serums, and treatments, but no products can penetrate an oil, which means they need to be applied last.

Retinol- It’s for your skin to speed up cell turnover, causing your body to churn out fresher, smoother, less-wrinkled skin over time.

Step 8: Sunscreen / Face oil

Sunscreen – It should be the last step in your daytime skin care routine if you’re using a physical or mineral sunscreen. This step becomes tricky when you’re using a chemical sunscreen.

Face oil – Oils can easily penetrate moisturisers, serums, and treatments, but no products can penetrate an oil, which means they need to be applied last.

What products should you use?

The products you use would have to be according to your skin type. But here are some to give you an idea if you don’t know where to start, according to the proper skincare routine order.




Eye Cream


Face oil



Now that you know the right way to put on your skincare products, you can have better results and better skin in no time. Since you’re here, if you have acne-prone skin, check out Foundations for Acne-Prone Skin.


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