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How to Layer Your Skincare Products

How to Layer Your Skincare Products

With so many choices in cleansers, toners, lotions, and creams available, it can be hard to know which order to apply them. As we spend more time at home due to COVID-19 restrictions, we have seen a rise in at-home spa and skincare treatments. Here, we explain how to layer your skincare products and walk you through easy-to-follow skincare routines to do at home.

In what order do I use my skincare products?

Layering our skincare products is the key to creating the perfect at-home self-care routine and promote healthy, glowing skin. Applying your skin care products in the correct order ensures each product works at its best and gives you the best result.

We know the order we apply our cleanser, toners, and moisturisers is important, but how do we know how to layer our skincare products correctly?

It’s generally advised that all skincare products should be applied from the lightest consistency to the thickest. But with so many skin care products available -- and with similar consistencies -- it can still be unclear which order to apply your products correctly.

We’re breaking down exactly what order you should layer your skincare products and help you create the perfect at-home morning and nighttime skincare routines.

Morning Routine

Step 1: Cleanser

The first and more important step to achieving radiant skin is using a daily cleanser. A cleanser creates the perfect base for your other skincare products to work properly. It also helps promote hydration which leads to healthy, clear skin!

Our Hydro Gel Cleanser is our top pick for removing dirt and oils, keeping your skin fresh and glowing. It's light hydrating formula is perfect for all skin types and won't clog pores!

Step 2: Exfoliator

The next step is to buff away dead skill cells with a natural, detoxifying exfoliator. An exfoliator removes dead skin cells and promotes new growth, helping improve your complexion and reduce breakouts.  We recommend exfoliating once a week to help prevent clogged pores and help revitalise your skin.

Step 3: Gel-based toner

Using water or gel-based toner helps balance your skin’s natural pH levels after you cleanse and exfoliate. It also helps your skin absorb your serums and moisturisers. Unlike water toners, gel toners are easily massaged into the skin and can be applied directly without wasteful cotton pads. Our witch hazel toner is loaded with botanical actives that hydrates, soothes, and balances your skin.

Step 4: Anti-aging serum

Help fight the signs of aging with an anti-aging serum that reduces fine lines, wrinkles and helps fight imperfections. An anti-aging serum loaded with antioxidants will help revitalise and even out blemishes to return your skin to its natural radiance. Use regularly day and night on your face and neck to significantly reduce signs of aging.

EPI-gN Serum helps reduce the appearance of fine lines

Step 5: Moisturiser

After cleansing, exfoliating, and toning, we need to restore our skin’s natural hydration with a moisturiser. This is more important than ever as we head into winter and the cool temperatures dry out our skin.

A light day cream provides day-long hydration and defence against dirt and grime. It can also create a dewy base for makeup, acting as a pre-foundation primer.

Step 6: SPF

As any beauty and skincare expert will tell you that sunscreen is the most important step of all! We should be applying an SPF to our skin every day, regardless of whether the sun is shining or it’s raining. Regular SPF use will reduce sun damage and wrinkles. It is especially important to protect against the harsh Australian sun and help prevent dangerous skin cancers.

Night Routine

Step 1: Cleanser

After a day at work or a night out, we must not neglect our skin. It’s so vital we remove the dirt, makeup, and sweat that has accumulated throughout the day -- even if it is tempting to sink right into bed.

Our nighttime skincare routine is just as important as our morning routine. Where in the morning we’re prepping our skin for the day ahead, at night we want to clean and soothe our skin. To start, use your gel cleanser to wash your face from dirt and grime and relax your skin before a night’s rest.

Always cleanse your skin before bed

Step 2: Gel-based Toner

While cleansing will remove all the first, makeup and sweat built up over the day, it can also strip your skin of some of its natural moisture and oils. Use a gel-based toner to hydrate your skin and balance its natural pH levels. There is no need to exfoliate again at night. In fact, over-exfoliating can lead to irritation, redness, and inflammation. Keep your exfoliation to once a week as part of your morning routine.

Step 3: Anti-Aging Serum

Anti-aging serum should be used regularly as part of both your morning and nighttime skincare routine to achieve the best results. Regular use can visibly reduce the signs of aging and protect against blemishes. Gently massage into your face and neck after toner to soothe and rejuvenate your skin before bed.

Step 4: Night Cream

Time to moisturise! A night cream will hydrate your skin and help it repair from the damage of the day. Choose a night cream rich in Vitamin A to help refine your skin tone and repair your skin while you sleep! Gently massage into your face and neck

Step 5: Eye Cream

The skin around our eyes is some of our most sensitive, so it makes sense it’s also the area we see the most signs of aging. Eye creams are specifically designed for this extra sensitive skin and can help combat signs of aging, dark circles, and discolouration. Apply a small drop of your eye cream to your ring finger and gently tap into your skin.

Avoid rubbing the cream in as it can pull your skin! Using our ring finger gives us the lightest possible application, reducing any unnecessary stress on sensitive skin. You can also use your eye cream as part of your morning routine as well for an extra boost for your skin.

Cellular Eye Repair with Retinol

Even More Products Your Skin Will Love

The two routines we describe above cover all the basic skincare products you will need to improve your skin’s health and appearance. However, there is a range of other products you might want to add to your at-home routine.

Retinol products may help clear pores, promote clear skin and reduce signs of aging. Retinol is a potent ingredient and while it can have amazing results on most skin types if you have sensitive skin use it in moderation.

Face masks are the ultimate at-home spa treatment that can immediately make you feel more relaxed and your skin refreshed. Face masks can be made of various ingredients that promote healthy skin, such as clay to detoxify skin and natural oils to stimulate or soothe the skin.

Mists are a quick and easy way to instantly freshen up and rejuvenate your skin when it’s feeling tired. A face mist can fit easily into your at-home routine. Simply spritz the mist on your face after you cleanse and before moisturiser!

Looking for the right products to set up your morning and nighttime skincare routine? Explore our products or reach out to our team of skincare experts to find out more.


Marie wilson - August 22, 2021

Really worthwhile to revisit products and usage. the skin around my eyes is really dry so will use morning and night now. i love the products as i have sensitive skin having suffered from acne rosacea when i was younger. my skin looks really great now having used ellus and krue products. its calm.

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