How to layer skincare products

How to layer skincare products

Having great skin goes beyond genetics alone. If you take a look inside your beauty cabinet, it's likely that you have various skin-care products. But is there a right or wrong way to apply them?

We asked dermatologists to break down the order in which to apply skin-care products for optimal use. Consider this your comprehensive guide.

Choose wisely and adapt products as your skin changes

The key to creating an effective skincare routine lies in the art of selecting the right products, using them at the appropriate times, and following a specific order of application.

Once armed with the products that make up your routine, you should work from the lightest to the heaviest. For example, cleanser, toner (if you use it), serum, moisturiser, and then sunscreen.


To create the perfect base for your skincare routine, start by using a gentle cleanser that suits your skin type. This step ensures that your skin is free from impurities, excess oil, and dirt, allowing the following products to work their magic.

According to dermatologists, cleansing is a crucial step to maintaining healthy skin and preventing clogged pores.

The right formula cleanses your skin without stripping it of essential, healthy oils. Take it easy with exfoliating scrubs (use once a week).


For numerous individuals, the term "toner" may evoke memories of harsh astringents from the 1980s. The original toners were alcohol-based products intended to combat excess oil and eliminate any remaining dirt after cleansing. In present times, toner formulations have undergone significant advancements.

These lightweight liquids now provide an additional dose of nutrients, enhancing the absorption of other products in your regimen, all while maintaining a balanced complexion.

According to many dermatologist experts, toner is generally viewed as an optional step in skincare.

Tip: Applying toner with clean hands is the most efficient. Just pour a few drops in your palm, then swipe it on.

Treating with Serums

Serums are your skincare regime’s secret weapon.

Serums are super-concentrated, nutrient-dense treatments that address specific concerns, so it is best to apply serums as close to the skin as possible to maximise their effectiveness.

While there are “limitless options” for ingredients, dermatologists have identified their favourite choices.

To handle specific issues, look for these products:

  • Niacinamide: also known as vitamin B3, is a multitasking ingredient that offers a wide range of benefits. Niacinamide helps regulate sebum production, reduces redness, minimises the appearance of pores, and improves overall skin texture.
  • Peptides: can help stimulate collagen production, enhance skin firmness and elasticity, and reduce the signs of ageing.
  • Tranexamic Acid, Vitamin C and Alpha Arbutin: are commonly used to reduce hyperpigmentation, fade dark spots, and promote a more even skin tone through their respective mechanisms of inhibiting melanin production and/or transfer in the skin.

Target hyperpigmentation with Brightening Hero advanced correcting gel. Formulated with powerful ingredients like Niacinamide, Tranexamic acid, Vitamin C, and Alpha Arbutin, this gel fades dark spots and promotes a more even skin tone.

Tip: When you have multiple serums in your skincare routine and are uncertain about the order of application, a general guideline is to apply the lightest serums first.


After treating your skin concerns, it's crucial to provide hydration and nourishment.

Choose a moisturiser that suits your skin type and offers long-lasting hydration without clogging your pores.

This step ensures that your skin stays plump, supple, and moisturised throughout the day or night.

Show some love to your delicate eye area

The skin around your eyes is delicate and prone to dryness and fine lines. Incorporate an eye cream into your routine to hydrate, reduce puffiness, and minimise the appearance of dark circles.

Gently tap a small amount of eye cream around the eye area using your ring finger.

Dermatologists recommend using eye creams specifically formulated for the delicate eye area to provide targeted care and maintain its youthful appearance.

Shield your skin with Sunscreen

Regardless of the weather or your skin type, sunscreen is a non-negotiable step in any skincare routine.

Protect your skin from harmful UV rays by applying a broad-spectrum sunscreen with a high SPF rating.

Follow simple sunscreen application techniques to ensure thorough coverage, and remember to reapply throughout the day as needed.

Dermatologists strongly advocate sunscreen usage as it is the most effective way to prevent sun damage like hyperpigmentation, premature ageing and reduce the risk of skin cancer.

Final thoughts

Congratulations! You now have the knowledge to master the art of layering your skincare products for optimal results. Remember, everyone's skin is unique, so consulting with a dermatologist for personalised advice is recommended.

Consistency is key, so stick to your routine and be patient. Enjoy the process, and let Brightening Hero help you achieve a radiant complexion.