Understanding how to layer skincare products correctly will maximise the effectiveness of each one and help your complexion bring it’s A game. No matter what you have in your organic skin care arsenal, the golden rule is to apply products lightest to heaviest and we’ve got your guide on how to layer skincare below.
Layer 1: Cleanser
Start your routine with a gentle cleanser to wash away dirt, oil buildup and create a clean canvas ready to absorb the products that follow. Our organic Cream Cleanser is a gentle but effective option that won’t strip your skin of essential moisture like many synthetic, foaming cleansers will.
To tackle stubborn eye makeup, skip the makeup remover and instead add a few drops of coconut oil to your eye area. Massage in, then gently wipe away with a cotton pad. Coconut oil is an incredibly effective – and totally natural! – makeup remover.
Layer 2: Toner
Most toners are water based and light so they’re next up on the list. If you usually choose to skip the toner altogether, you’re missing out on its benefits; especially if you’ve got oily skin types with large pores. Toner helps suck up any last traces of dirt and residue from deep within the pore that your cleanser may have left behind.
Applying a toner also helps restore the PH balance of your skin and preps it to absorb and maximise the effect of organic skin care products, particularly serums and moisturisers.
Layer 3: Spot treatments
If a spot treatment is part of your routine, now is the time to apply it. The closer a spot treatment is to the skin, without layers of products in between, the more effective it will be in killing off bacteria in the trouble areas. The product closest to the skin penetrates the most deeply.
Layer 4: Serum
Serums mean business. They pack a nutrient-rich punch for skin with high doses of active ingredients like antioxidants and vitamins. Serums address specific skin concerns; white tea calms redness, vitamin C to brighten and peptides to firm. Serums are made up of tiny molecules which means they can penetrate deep into the layers of skin. Serums shouldn’t replace your moisturiser but rather complement it.
Layer 5: Moisturiser or night cream
Moisturiser is one of the heavier products in your routine and this step is all about hydration. Hydrated skin is happy, healthy skin; skin appears firmer and small wrinkles and fine lines are plumped out. Moisturiser also seals in the goodness and boosts the effectiveness of the other products you’ve applied beforehand.
Night creams are usually a little thicker in consistency and designed to be absorbed over several hours while our body goes to work as we sleep, regenerating fresh skin cells.
Layer 6: Face oil
If face oil il is part of your daily routine, it can follow your moisturiser. The benefits of face oil include strengthening skin and boosting the hydrating action of your moisturiser. Oils also act as a barrier to keep all those damaging free radicals floating around in the air from getting into your skin.
Try our 5 star-rated Coconut & Rosehip Face Oil. Incredibly nourishing, it’s crafted from a beautiful blend of organic oils including Jojoba, Rosehip, Almond and Coconut.
Layer 7: Sunscreen
There’s so much to say about the skin-saving power of using sunscreen (we’ve said it all here) but just know that if you want to slow the visible signs of premature ageing, this layer is non-negotiable. Broad spectrum, organic natural sunscreens are your best skin bet; they’re not pumped full of toxins like chemical sunscreens are.
Our Natural SPF15 Face Moisturiser will save you a step in your layering routine; we love a great multi-tasking product!
There you have it, the basic guide on how to layer skin care products like a pro. Try it and pay attention to how your skin reacts and make adjustments if needed – everyone’s skin is a little different.
No matter how many products you use, choose certified organic skin care where possible and you’ll be layering nutrition, not toxins, onto your skin.