After spending lots of time researching the benefits of ingredients like vitamin c and niacinamide and splurging money on skincare products, there is a question on how to layer these numerous products on your skin. Incorrect use of these products is as good as pouring them down the drain. While we have touched ingredients that should not be used together, properly layering products will lead to better results in the long run.
Here is the ultimate guide to layering your skincare products
The general rule to layering skincare products is starting with the thinnest consistency. They will get absorbed by the skin faster before the application of any heavier creams. The best order to apply is serums/liquid treatments then moisturiser then sunscreen
Layering for daytime
Your daytime skincare should be purely about protecting your skin from free radicals and UV rays. Sunscreen should be the last step. Also using a product with antioxidants is a great way to protect your skin.
Layering For Nighttime
You can follow the same order as your daytime routine- of course without the sunscreen. Your nighttime routine should be about repairing and powerful anti-ageing ingredients like retinol are glycolic acid are best for nighttime since they make the skin photosensitive. Also, a thick night cream will help boost the hydration in your skin.
Skip a day
Alternate the products you use between days and consider the weather, climate and location. If your SPF is moisturising enough, you can pull back on using a moisturiser or morning serum. For sensitive skin, using active ingredients like retinol or glycolic acid every day is a bad idea. Instead, use it every few days.