October 06, 2021

The Right Order of Application of Skincare Routine Products

Many times, even after using the best skincare products in daily routine, they fail to give the expected result, and one keeps on juggling for the right product. Sounds like your story?

If you think only the right products contribute to achieving flawless and supple skin, then let us break the myth and tell you that the order of skincare products also plays a major role in keeping the skin healthy.

Why does product order in skincare routine matter?

The order of application of skincare products is imperative for getting the desired outcome. Read below to know why:

  • Creamy or greasy skincare products, when applied first, hinders the penetration of thin, fluid, or water-based products. Hence, restricting your skin to get the advantages of the latter one. 
  • Similarly, potent treatments create a protective barrier on the skin that nothing else seeps through the skin.
  • This mix-match of order can also deactivate or produce undesired chemical reactions when products with active substances are used.
  • Using even the best skin care products out of order may result in skin problems, like 
  1. Applying serums on top of oils, for example, may cause your skin to become dry since not enough water reaches your skin. 
  2. Layering serums, lotions, and oils on top of mineral sunscreen disrupt the coverage and dilute the protection. Thus, increasing the risk of skin cancer and premature ageing.

What is the correct order of application of skincare products?

Read below to know the correct order that you should follow for face care routine along with the time of day of use:

1) Cleanser

Application: Day and Night

Choose a cleanser according to your skin type. It can be used both in the morning skincare routine and the night skincare routine. 

You must use a cleanser at night to remove makeup and dirt, and in the morning to remove products that form part of your night CTM. 

Try: Lotus Herbals LEMONPURE Turmeric & Lemon Cleansing Milk

2) Physical exfoliant

Application: Day and Night

Use a non-abrasive mild scrub during your face care routine so as not to damage skin cells. Limit scrubbing your face to only 2-3 times a week depending on your skin type and particular skin issues. 

Exfoliating during a shower in the morning does away with dead skin cells. Remember exfoliation is important for the body as well. 

Try: Lotus Herbals WHITEGLOW Skin Brightening Oatmeal & Yogurt Scrub

3) Toner 

Application: Day and Night

Toner helps to close and tighten the skin pores. A toner in daytime helps in keeping off the accumulation of dust and dirt to pores, mitigating the problems of whiteheads, blackheads, and acne. 

This should be a part of your nighttime skin care routine as well to keep the pores tight and skin supple. 

Try: Lotus Herbals YouthRx pH Balancing Multi Active Toner

4) Eye cream

Application: Day and Night – A must at night

Since the eye region lacks oil glands, you must moisturise immediately after exfoliating and toning. You can use either a cream-based or gel-based undereye lotion or serum to suit your skin. 

Massage a generous amount of eye cream around the eye areas before going to bed to get rid of dark circles, crow’s feet, and sagging eye bags. 

Try: Lotus Herbals YouthRX Day & Night Combo

5) Treatment serum

Application: Night only

Treat and battle free radicals on your specific skin concerns by using a serum containing active components in the right order of skincare products

Vitamin C in its active form, L-ascorbic acid, fights free radicals, brightens the complexion, fades freckles, and even aids collagen production. 

Niacinamide improves skin pigmentation and reduces wrinkles, acne scars, swelling, and redness on the face.

Treatment serums should be used at night only to give them sufficient time to work while your body relaxes. 

Try: Probrite Perfect Radiance Regime

6) Hydrating serum or essence

Application: Day and Night 

For daytime skin care routine steps, go for a lightweight hydrating serum to avoid greasiness and dirt attraction. Buy a serum with humectants, such as hyaluronic acid, glycerine, or aloe vera to nourish your skin during the daytime.  

Go for a heavy skin hydrating serum during nighttime if you have dry skin to keep the skin moisturised and healthy. 

Try: Lotus Herbals YouthRx Youth Activating Moisturiser

7) Moisturiser 

Application: Day and Night

Apply moisturiser to lock the moisture present in your skin. If your skin is oily, you might be able to get away with only serum, oil, and sunscreen or even just sunscreen but for dry skin, a good moisturiser is going to save your skin.

Massage your regular moisturiser on your face and neck evenly before leaving your home in the morning and right before sleeping at night.

Try: Lotus Herbals WhiteGlow Advanced Pink Glow Brightening Night Cream

8) Face oil

Application: Night only

Face oil should only be used as a last moisturising step. They have qualities to seal in the moisturiser of other products. The application of face oils also serves as a protective layer on your skin, keeping any harmful elements at bay.

Include this in your night skincare routine order to prevent settling down of dust particles on your face, the possibilities of which are high during the day.

Try: Lotus Herbals PAPAYABLEM Papaya-n-Saffron Anti-Blemish Cream

9) Sunscreen

Application: Day

Sunscreen is the most essential skincare product of all and needs to be worn every day. Sunscreens sit on the skin surface to reflect away the light to protect you from UVA and UVB rays and give an even skin tone. 

Emissions from mobile and laptops screens also affect the skin, and sunscreens with natural zinc have proved to shield the skin against those harmful emissions.

Try: Safe Sun UV Screen MatteGEL Sunscreen SPF 50 Combo

Now you know the secret to beautiful skin lies in your routine as well? Abide by the right skincare routine order to let your skin glow and feel happy along with choosing preservative-free products including natural ingredients.

Written by Lotus Herbals