Layering Basics – How To Layer On Your Products
Layers are the key to a perfect makeup look. You can layer your products for different effects, or even just to make sure that every single product works its best. Even if you're not an expert on skincare and beauty products, you can still layering correctly with this quick and easy guide!
Start from the inside and work your way out.
Your skincare routine is meant to be layered. The best way to do this is by starting from the inside and working your way out. Start with serums, then oils, then moisturizers and finally sunscreen (if you’re wearing it).
Serums are the most concentrated part of your skincare routine because they contain the highest concentration of active ingredients that go straight into your skin and give you more bang for your buck. They also tend to be concentrated enough so that one bottle will last a long time – sometimes months or even years!
Oils are emollient – which means they smooth out roughness in the skin and make it feel soft without being greasy at all. They hydrate more than lotions but less than creams or balms do so they work well as an intermediate step between serums and other textures like cream or gel if you’re going for something lighter than heavy duty ointments but still want something moisturizing enough not only for winter weather but also summer heat too!
Your order should be serums, then oils, then moisturizers, then sunscreen (if you're wearing it).
Your order of application should be serums, then oils, then moisturizers and finally sunscreen if you’re wearing it.
Serums are the foundation of your skincare routine. They’re usually oil-based and go on first before any other products to lock in moisture and help absorb them more effectively.
Oils can be used as a treatment by themselves or mixed with a serum for added benefits such as hydration or skin renewal. They can also be used as an overnight treatment applied after your serum but before moisturizer (which will stop oil from getting into your pillowcase).
Moisturizers are the most common type of product you will use because they have different functions depending on what kind you choose: hydrating, anti-aging, etc., so make sure to read the label carefully!
It's usually better to use products with more water first.
When it comes to layering products, the general rule is to apply water-based products first and then oil-based ones.
Oil-based products are best for your skin in the long run—they help moisturize and protect against environmental damage, so if you have oily or acne-prone skin, an oilier formula might be worth a try. Plus, oilier formulas can also help draw out impurities from pores more effectively than watery ones do. But since these formulas are thicker than their watery counterparts, they tend to layer more easily with other products as well.
Use sheet masks before serums and masks.
One of the most important things to keep in mind when layering products is that sheet masks should be applied first, followed by serums and then creams. This is because sheet masks are highly hydrating, while serums and creams can be more moisturizing. Sheet masks are known for their ability to deliver nutrients into your skin and give it a boost of hydration thanks to their ingredients like hyaluronic acid or aloe vera gel. They’re also a great way to treat yourself – who doesn’t love relaxing with a good face mask?
If a product has a mattifying effect, put it on after hydrating products.
If your product has a mattifying effect, it is usually best to put it on after hydrating products. If your skin is already hydrated and well-moisturized, you are less likely to experience breakouts or any other issues with your skin.
Be careful not to over-apply your mattifying product. If you can see it on your skin, then it’s too much. You should only need a small amount of product for each application.
You can layer your beauty products correctly to make sure they all work their best.
A good way to layer your products is to apply them in the following order:
Watery products (serums and moisturizers) first, then thicker ones (moisturizers or sunscreen). This is because water-based, thin serums will sink into the skin more easily than heavier creams or lotions.
Your daily moisturizer should go on last of all, as it can help seal everything else in.
The product order doesn’t really matter that much, but it’s important to understand why you should start from the inside out. So if you want your skincare routine to work its best, follow this rule of thumb: always apply products with more water first. The order of application will help boost the effectiveness of your routine and create a better overall effect for your skin!