How to Properly Layer Your Skincare Products

The order in which you apply your skincare products can actually make a big difference when it comes to their efficacy. Make sure you’re layering skincare products properly by following the tips and tricks below.

So you’re building a thorough skincare regimen—great! But did you know that the order in which you apply your products can make a difference in how effective they are at treating your skin concerns? The general rule is to apply your products in order of viscosity. In other words, apply them from the thinnest texture (like serums) to the thickest (like creams)—unless you’re using an oil-based formulation, which should always go last to lock in moisture. After all, most serums and moisturizers are water-based, and if you were to apply them on top of an oil, they wouldn’t be able to penetrate the oil barrier and get to your skin. Still following? Let’s dive a bit deeper.

Step 1: Serum

After cleansing, serum application will always be the next step in your skincare routine. Not only do serums have the thinnest consistency; they are, generally speaking, the most potent and concentrated products in your regimen and the ones you turn to when you want to treat skin conditions (like dryness or dark spots)—which means they have to be absorbed first. Some serums, like vitamin C serums, are best worn during the day, because their antioxidant properties provide extra protection (under sunscreen, of course) against UV damage from the sun as well as particulate matter. Others, like L’Oréal Paris Revitalift Triple Power LZR 1.5% Pure Hyaluronic Acid Serum, can be used both day and night, ideally under a moisturizer. While many serums are most beneficial when they’re applied on damp skin—they’re better absorbed that way—hyaluronic acid is unique in that it should always be applied on damp skin, because its humectant properties will pull that water into your skin, adding extra moisture.

Step 2: Eye cream

Next up in the order of skincare products is eye cream. L’Oréal Paris Revitalift Triple Power LZR Anti-Aging Eye Cream can be used both morning and night and is formulated with dermatologically tested, clinically proven ingredients like pro-retinol (a stabilized retinol derivative), vitamin C and hyaluronic acid. It has been specifically designed for use under the eyes—an area that is not only delicate but actually features the thinnest skin on the body. (Products that are not meant for the under-eye area should be avoided.) L’Oréal Paris Revitalift Triple Power LZR Anti-Aging Eye Cream not only boosts skin radiance but has been proven to add moisture to the often-dry under-eye area while simultaneously decreasing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles by tightening the skin.

Step 3: Moisturizer

Once you’ve applied your serums and eye cream, it’s time for the thickest product in your skincare routine: moisturizer. Smoothing on a moisturizer locks in the benefits of everything else you’ve applied. L’Oréal Paris Revitalift Triple Power LZR Fragrance-Free Day Cream can be used every morning and evening and is formulated with ingredients that have been clinically proven to benefit skin: vitamin C, pro-retinol and hyaluronic acid. After just one week of use, wrinkles look smoother and overall skin tone is more even and vibrant.