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How to Layer Skincare: The Correct Order of Skincare Products

To get the most out of your beauty routine, the order in which you use your skincare products is super-important. Here’s a handy guide to the right products—from serum to eye cream to sunscreen—and the exact order in which you should apply them.

Whether you use just a few hero products or follow a dozen different steps morning and night, mastering the art of how to layer skincare makes a huge difference in how effective your routine is. If you follow the ideal order of skincare products, the ingredients will be absorbed better and you’ll maximize your beauty benefits. Read on for our step-by-step guide to the best order of skincare products.

STEP 1: CLEANSER

Starting with a clean slate is always key. In the mornings, a quick facewash will usually suffice. But at night, consider a more thorough double-cleansing routine to make sure you’re totally fresh-faced. First, remove your makeup with a micellar water or face wipe, and then use a lightly sudsy facewash such as L’Oréal Paris Fine Flowers Cleansing Gel to rinse off everything else. Double-cleansing is especially important if you wear sunscreen or full-coverage foundation, since any leftover traces will prevent your skincare products from absorbing as well as they should. If your routine also includes exfoliating (say, with a face scrub every few days), you can do this right after your facewash. Bonus: Since exfoliating clears away dead skin cells, this step will also help your skincare products absorb better.

STEP 2: CONCENTRATED TREATMENT

As a general rule, your order of skincare products should go from thinnest to richest in texture. This means that any concentrated treatments you use, including powerful serums like L’Oréal Paris Revitalift Triple Power LZR Concentrated Serum, get top priority—they should be applied to clean skin first. This anti-aging serum is inspired by dermatologist treatments, and it’s formulated to be fluid, fast-absorbing and high in active ingredients, including skin-strengthening Pro-Xylane and mega-hydrating hyaluronic acid. The serum will deliver these ingredients deep into the skin (instead of sitting on top), so you’ll want to put this on before your go-to moisturizer.

STEP 3: TARGETED TREATMENT

Ask any dermatologist where you’re most likely to spot the first signs of aging and they’ll tell you: right around the eyes, which is also where you’ll find the most delicate (and sensitive) skin on your face. That’s why you want to give your eye area extra-special care with a dedicated product, like L’Oréal Paris Revitalift Triple Power LZR Eye Cream. Morning and night, you can apply a small dab of eye cream (think “gentle massage”) to help repair the look of wrinkles, smooth under-eye bags and give the area an overall lift.

STEP 4: MOISTURIZER

Last but not least in the best skincare order of products: your favourite moisturizer. There are countless options in stores today, including genius formulas that do much more than hydrate. The L’Oréal Paris Revitalift Triple Power LZR range, for example, is packed with anti-aging ingredients, including Pro-Xylane and hyaluronic acid. Plus, it comes in three moisturizer versions to suit your preferences: a daytime moisturizer with sunscreen, L’Oréal Paris Revitalift Triple Power LZR Day Moisturizer SPF 20 , and one without sunscreen, L’Oréal Paris Revitalift Triple Power LZR Day Moisturizer. For bedtime, there’s L’Oréal Paris Revitalift Triple Power LZR Night Moisturizer . Now that your skincare products are all sorted, you’re ready to face the day—or get some beauty sleep.

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