You’ve got the toner, serum, facial oil and SPF to hand, but a sense of uncertainty hits you every time you slather them on. While you think you know the order that your skincare lotions and potions should be applied, you’re not entirely sure – which is where we’re stepping in.
As beauty categories seemingly multiply – hello, essences and overnight masks! – the rules of how we layer our creams are becoming progressively blurred. So, we asked Katalin Berenyi, co-founder of French-Korean fusion beauty brand Erborian, to put our steps in order. This is where she placed them…
The Morning Ritual
Naturally, a cleanse comes first and Katalin recommends doubling up your wash by starting with an oil or cream, then rinsing with a water based product.
5. Face Oil
If your skin is especially dry or prone to flaking in the winter, mix a facial oil with your day cream to keep your complexion comforted. “In the morning, we need to apply the oil before moisturiser,” says Katalin. “If we apply it on top, we risk looking much too shiny during the daytime.”
Here, the double cleanse becomes more crucial in order to remove SPF, makeup and any grime that has found its way into your pores. Use Katalin’s technique again: an oil cleanser first to remove the surface dirt, followed by a water-based cleanser to deplete the residue.
Pop on a toner, again with your hands and tap it into skin. Strum your fingers all over your face and neck to promote de-puffing lymphatic drainage.
3. Serum or Essence
Just as with your morning regimen, a serum or essence should predate face oil and cream, in order for the potent ingredients to be absorbed effectively.
4. Eye Treatment
When choosing an eye treatment for night, Katalin recommends a light gel or serum texture, as “something too heavy while you sleep can accentuate bags around the eyes”.