layering skincare

I learnt the bare basics of a skincare routine from my older sisters when I was 9 years old. I know that seems really young but they were teenagers and like most young girls, I looked up to them and pretty much copied everything they did. So, although I didn’t have my own skincare products, I would wash my face with Cussion’s soap and moisturise with my dad’s Nivea. I literally recoil at the thought of what that must’ve been doing to my face! But, as I’ve grown up, I’ve become really interested and…passionate, I guess, about skin, how it behaves and what we can do for it. Ultimately, this includes layering skincare.

With so many new steps to the regular routine – serums, elixirs, oils, primers – it’s become so confusing to know what comes where. I know, it would be easier to just stick to the old faithful, cleanse, tone and moisturise, but these new steps are so important to nourish and anti-age your skin. Ultimately, the better your skin, the less make-up and Instagram filters we’ll need! So, here’s everything you need to know about layering skincare…

layering skincare

layering skincare


According to facialists, the rule of thumb when it comes to layering skincare is to start with the lightest texture.

1. After cleansing, use a toner to refresh the skin and keep pores clean

2. Next, it’s time for the essence or serum. If you have dry skin you might want to use an oil instead

3. Lock in the water and nutrients from your products by applying your moisturiser

4. Finish with a light facial SPF 30 (yep, even in winter!)


layering skincare


Before we start layering our skincare, HOW we apply them is just as important as what they are. Although it’s tempting to go OTT, especially if you have dry skin, it’s best to apply each product in thin, sheer layers so they don’t mix with each other. I know it seems like you have to put aside hours every day for all these products, you actually don’t need to worry about leaving time in between applications, as one product doesn’t affect the effectiveness of the other.


The great thing about each of these steps is that the formula’s are light enough to add to other products. I tend to have really dry skin but oil makes my make-up slide off my face. So, I put a few drops of oil into my moisturiser to give it an extra hit of hydration. Or, to give my base make-up some extra skincare benefits I like to add serum into my foundation which makes it sit better and give my skin a dewy finish. The only thing that shouldn’t be mixed is SPF because it dilutes its effectiveness and encourages wrinkles – arrgghh!

layering skincare

layering skincare

layering skincare

“Don’t forget to massage behind your ears and neck as there’s glands here that will reduce any puffiness”




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