Ah! This is the order of your skin care products

18 Apr 2021Updated: 4 hours ago | 52 people are reading

Ah! This is the order of your skin care products

© Tessa Gorgosz Aha! This is the order of your skin care products

The order of your skin care routine is not always easy. The time of just cleaning, strengthening and hydrating is long gone. We often hear words like peptides, retinol, vitamin C, acids and serums. But what do they all mean? And even more important: which product should come first?

From thin to thick

A general rule when applying skin care products is the order of consistency - the thinnest first and finish with the thickest substance. But it is not only about the order in which you should put it, it is also important to know which products you should use and how often you should use them.

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Morning routine


If you removed your make-up the night before, start with a light cleanser to remove the remains of skin care products or excess remove oils on your skin. The morning cleanser should be soft, hydrating and non-abrasive.


Then use a water-based toner to rebalance the pH levels of the skin and your skin to prepare for a serum and moisturizer.

Eye cream

Then use an eye cream. It is important to use a separate eye cream because the skin around the eyes is much thinner and more sensitive than the rest of the face.

Hyaluronic acid serum

Hyaluronic acid is an important ingredient that all skin types can be used. Hyaluronic acid helps to structure our cells and supports the hydration barriers of our skin. This extra hydration therefore helps to make the skin fuller, so that fine lines become less visible.

Other serums

A serum is designed to nourish the deeper skin layers of your skin. Serums can also be effective in adapting your skin care routine to your specific skin needs.


After applying your serum and giving it time to absorb it into the skin , it's time to apply a moisturizer. This helps to hydrate your skin throughout the day and creates a smooth base for makeup.


Finish with an SPF (Sun Protection Factor) to protect your skin against UV rays. UV causes signs of premature aging such as wrinkles and pigmentation. Experts recommend using an SPF30 or higher on your face to provide optimum UV protection.

Evening routine


If you wear makeup and SPF during the day, clean your skin twice. Use a balm or oil-based cleanser to first break down makeup and excess oil and then use a soft, moisturizing cleansing gel.


Then another toner follows to balance the pH levels of the skin and prepare the skin for your serum and moisturizer. You can also choose to use an acid toner two to three times a week, depending on your skin type.


If you really want to 'stop' signs of aging and the accompanying fine lines in time, then retinol is your lifesaver. Retinol, also known as vitamin A, is an ingredient that helps prevent signs of aging. It helps to promote collagen and elastin production, reduce pore clogging, regulate sebum production and combat inflammation.

Eye cream

Just like your morning routine, continued with an eye cream.


It is advised to use a serum at night with ingredients that meet the needs of your skin. Is your skin dry? Is there a problem with pigmentation? Does your skin feel clogged? Look for serums that meet your skin's specific needs.


For moisturizing evening cream, use a cream with a slightly richer, thicker consistency than you would use during the day to hydrate dehydrated skin.

Remember Avoid using exfoliating or foaming cleansers, followed by alcohol-based toners, as this will dry out the skin and make it sensitive. Take the time to apply each product and let each layer penetrate the skin before applying the next product. Use care products in order of their substance: from thin to thick. Avoid mixing water-based products with oil-based products. Keep your cleaning routine simple and save the intensive scrub once a week.