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Skincare Layering Do's and Don'ts

Skincare Layering Do's and Don'ts

Skincare layering involves applying skincare products in a specific order to maximise their effectiveness and absorption into the skin. Here are some dos and don'ts for skincare layering:


Start with Cleansed Skin:

Always begin your skincare routine with a clean face. Use a gentle cleanser appropriate for your skin type to remove dirt, oil, and impurities.

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Layer Products from Thinnest to Thickest Consistency:

Generally, apply products with thinner consistencies before those with thicker consistencies. This helps ensure that each product can penetrate the skin effectively without being blocked by heavier formulations.


Use Water-Based Products Before Oil-Based Products:

Water-based products, such as toners or serums, should be applied before oil-based products like moisturisers or facial oils. Water-based products can penetrate the skin more effectively when applied to damp skin.


Apply Active Ingredients Early: 

If you're using products with active ingredients like retinoids, AHAs, or BHAs, apply them early in your routine after cleansing. This allows these potent ingredients to come into direct contact with the skin and maximise their effectiveness.


Allow Each Product to Absorb Before Applying the Next:

Give each skincare product a few minutes to absorb into the skin before applying the next product. This ensures that each layer can work effectively without interference from other products.


Consider Your Skin's Needs:

Tailor your skincare routine to address your specific skin concerns and needs. This may include using products targeted at hydration, acne, anti-aging, or hyperpigmentation.


Protect Your Skin:

Finish your skincare routine with a broad-spectrum sunscreen during the day to protect your skin from the harmful effects of UV radiation.



Don't Use Too Many Products:

Avoid overwhelming your skin with too many products at once. Focus on using a few key products that address your skin concerns.


Don't Mix Active Ingredients Haphazardly:

Be cautious when combining multiple active ingredients in your skincare routine. Some combinations can cause irritation or reduce the effectiveness of the products.


Don't Apply Products in Random Order:

Follow a consistent order when layering your skincare products to ensure maximum effectiveness. Random application may reduce the benefits of the products or cause them to interact unfavorably.

Don't Over-Exfoliate:

Exfoliating too frequently or using harsh exfoliants can strip the skin of its natural oils and lead to irritation. Limit exfoliation to once to twice a week, depending on your skin type and the product you're using.

Don't Skip Patch Tests:

Before incorporating new products into your skincare routine, perform patch tests to check for any adverse reactions or allergies. Apply a small amount of the product to a discreet area of skin and observe for any signs of irritation or sensitivity.

By following these dos and don'ts, you can optimise your skincare layering routine for healthier, more radiant skin.

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