The best order to apply skincare products

order of skincare

With so many skincare products available, it’s no wonder most of us don’t know what we should apply when. Does your serum come before your moisturiser? Should you double cleanse? Getting your skincare order right though can boost efficiency and cause less irritation to the skin.

Is the order of your skincare routine important?

The low maintenance among us would love a one-cream-fits-all solution to dehydration, inflammation, environmental aggressors and congested skin. Until that’s invented though, how healthy our skin is comes down to the order of skincare products we follow. Get it wrong and they may counteract each other or even harm your skin. If in doubt, remember that the thinnest products go first. Rich, thick creams form a barrier preventing thinner water-based products from penetrating your skin properly, so you don’t get the benefit of their skin-loving ingredients. When it comes to your sunscreen, layering products on top can also affect the amount of protection it provides.

The correct skincare routine

Step 1: Cleanse & Tone

If you’re already familiar with the classic cleanse, tone and moisturise routine, you’ll be pleased to know the first two steps haven’t changed. Morning and night, applying your cleanser is still your first priority to help clear your skin of impurities and pollution and prepare it for the good stuff to come. Decléor’s Neroli Bigarade Hydrating Facial Cleansing Milk is a light creamy cleanser that removes makeup and impurities without stripping the skin of moisture – it’s actually proven to increase hydration in just one hour. If you wear thick makeup, you may find double cleansing in the evening beneficial. Follow with a toner, like our Neroli Bigarade Hydrating Facial Toner, to catch any oil or dirt your cleanser left behind and to also minimise the appearance of pores and help balance your skin’s pH levels.

Step 2: Serum

Whatever your specific skin concern, you can bet there is a serum for it. These lightweight formulas may be small in size, but they do much of the work of your skincare routine. To brighten your complexion while protecting your skin from external factors including pollution, incorporate a Vitamin C serum before your moisturiser. For dehydrated or dry skin, hyaluronic acid serums provide a boost of hydration. For both, layer on Decléor’s bestselling Neroli Bigarade Hydrating Aromessence Serum. This 100% natural origin face oil is enriched with cold-pressed botanical oils and six essential oils and hydrates and restores your skin’s radiance.

Step 3: Moisturise

Layering your moisturiser over your serum helps to lock in its active ingredients, so you get the full benefit. Wear lighter creams in the day, like Neroli Bigarade Hydrating Light Day Cream, which don’t feel too heavy or greasy, and nourishing heavier creams at night to complement your body’s overnight recovery process and compensate for any moisture loss during the day. The nourishing Neroli Bigarade Hydrating Night Balm hydrates and soothes skin while you sleep, so you can wake up to a softer, brighter complexion.

Step 4: SPF - Highly recommend

Gently smooth on your eye cream next, morning and night, tapping it around your eye contour, without stretching or pulling the skin, before allowing it to sink in. Finally, finish your morning routine with a layer of SPF. It’s no use trying to minimise the appearance of wrinkles and restore radiance if you’re not going to protect from one of the reasons behind them –sun exposure and UV damage.

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