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Layering your skincare products correctly will maximize those benefits.

Updated: Feb 3, 2023


Last month on Chemistry Cachet, I published an article on how to layer skincare products. This article was so popular and had great feedback from readers.

So today, I wanted to share with Beneath the Surface News readers some tips on making sure you are using your skincare properly too. You can also follow Chemistry Cachet on Instagram for more great skincare and home tips. Don’t forget to check out my previous articles about my favorite eye cream for dark circles and this fantastic natural wrinkle serum.

If you use too many skincare products in the wrong order, you are not only wasting time, but also money. You might be using five or six products, but only getting the benefit of one or two of them due to improper layering.

Layering skincare products goes back to basic science. Remember the oil and water experiment you did as a kid? Oil floated on the water due to density. The same concept applies to skincare.

Always apply products in order from thin to heaviest, or water-based to oil-based.

What if products have the same base?

If you are looking at the ingredients to your skincare products and several of them have the same base, then you can apply those in any order. I recommend allowing them to dry in between applications.

Another rule of thumb to follow is applying skincare in the order of cleansing, toning, serums, moisturizers, and lastly oils.

Many times, moisturizers are also water-based like serums, so you go by the texture. Moisturizers have a thicker texture than serums, so those will go on after the serum.

How many is too many?

After cleansing and toning, I only use three to four products at a time. Your skin will benefit more from less product use if your products are good quality and multi-task.

If you can use a great serum and a face cream that is also anti-aging, it is more beneficial for your skin. Check out my current skincare routine at the bottom of this post.

Alexis Rochester is an investigative chemist, blogger and founder of Chemistry Cachet. She shares science-based skin care, cleaning, gardening and health tips. She was diagnosed with RA at age 10, so she has a passion for pain management tips and research, along with sharing her journey through this disease. When she’s not writing for Chemistry Cachet, she is taking Pilates or Barre classes, and also received her Barre teaching certification this year! She grew up in Stephenville and recently moved back with her daughter, husband and bulldog. You can find her posting pictures and fun stories daily on Instagram. Also look for Chemistry Cachet on Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter and LinkedIn.


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