Skincare Layering 101

Mastering your skincare routine is like fine-tuning a symphony; every layer adds depth and enhances the overall performance. Here at Lumi Glo Skin, we're dedicated to helping you orchestrate the perfect skincare regimen. The key is in knowing the right order to apply your products, which can be puzzling without a little guidance. Let’s break down the essentials of skincare layering, ensuring each note plays beautifully with the next, leading to optimum skin health and luminosity.

Why Layering Matters

Layering isn't just about piling one product on top of another; it’s about allowing each product to perform at its best. The skin’s ability to absorb skincare products is significantly influenced by the texture and formulation of the products used. By following a specific sequence, you ensure that each product has the chance to penetrate the skin effectively, without being blocked by heavier formulas.

The Basic Order of Skincare Products

  1. Cleanser
    Start with a clean slate. Using a gentle cleanser prepares your skin by removing dirt, oil, and impurities, making it ready for the following products.

  2. Toner
    Think of toner as the primer for your skincare. It restores the skin’s pH balance and helps subsequent products absorb better.

  3. Serum
    Serums are concentrated formulas designed to target specific concerns, such as aging, dark spots, or dehydration. They’re typically packed with active ingredients, so you want them closest to your skin.

  4. Eye Cream
    The skin around your eyes is delicate and requires special attention. Apply eye cream before your moisturiser so it can absorb without interference.

  5. Moisturiser
    Seal in all the goodness of your previous layers with a moisturiser. This step helps to lock in hydration and provides a barrier against environmental pollutants.

  6. SPF (Morning Routine)
    Never skip the sunscreen. Apply it as the final step in your morning routine to protect your skin from harmful UV rays.

Tips for Nighttime Layering

Nighttime is when your skin repairs itself, so your evening routine can include products that support this process, like:

  • Retinoids: Help accelerate skin renewal and improve texture and tone.
  • Night Creams: Heavier than day creams, they provide intensive hydration and often contain active ingredients that are best utilised overnight.

Layering Don’ts

  • Overloading: Using too many products can irritate the skin and lead to product waste.
  • Mixing Incompatibles: Certain ingredients don’t play well together. For example, retinol and vitamin C can irritate when layered, so it’s best to use them at different times.

Common Layering Mistakes to Avoid

  • Skipping steps: Even on lazy days, try to maintain the basic steps of cleansing, moisturising, and applying SPF in the morning.
  • Not waiting between layers: Give each layer a minute or two to absorb. This prevents pilling (those annoying little balls you get when products haven't absorbed properly).


With these tips from Lumi Glo, you’re well on your way to mastering the art of skincare layering. Remember, consistency is key. A disciplined approach to your skincare routine can significantly enhance your skin's health and appearance. Ready to layer like a pro? Your skin’s future looks radiant!

FAQs about Skincare Layering

  • Q: Can I mix different skincare brands in my routine?
    A: Absolutely, as long as the products are compatible and follow the proper layering order.

  • Q: How long should I wait between applying different products?
    A: A minute or two is sufficient for most products, but read the instructions on each product, as some may require more time to absorb fully.

  • Q: What if I have sensitive skin?
    A: If you have sensitive skin, start by introducing new products one at a time. This will help you identify any products that cause irritation.

Layering your skincare products correctly can turn a good skincare routine into a great one. With Lumi Glo Skin, embrace the layers, and let your skin glow.

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