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Solving The Dilemma: How To Layer Skincare Ingredients?

To layer skincare products is very much like assembling a jigsaw puzzle. Each piece holds its designated space and together at the end, those tiny pieces complete the picture. It matters a great deal the skincare ingredients and products you apply, but what matters even more is where you fit them into your routine. Otherwise, you’ll simply be slapping products on your face, without any real benefit coming out of it. Needless to mention, but sometimes layering a few ingredients together can turn out to become a recipe for disaster. So whether you’re a skincare novice or a pro who needs a refresher, we’ve broken down this daunting process for you. 

In This Article:

The Importance Of Layering Skincare Ingredients

How To Layer Skincare Products?

The Importance Of Layering Skincare Ingredients

The correct way of layering skincare products is to go by the order of the products’ consistency. So, the thinnest goes first and moves up to the thickest. This allows optimum penetration of each product, without any blockages.

How To Layer Skincare Products?

Step 1: Cleanser

Nothing precedes this step. Whether it is in the morning or evening. Always begin by using a gentle cleanser that suits your skin type. Our 100% soap-free cleansers are free from 2000+ baddies and formulated with skin-loving ingredients that care for your skin.

Step 2: Toner

Once your skin is all clean and fresh, use a soothing toner to restore its pH levels, prevent inflammation and sweep off your pores of any leftover gunk. Our Soothing Facial Toner is suitable for all skin types. It contains a blend of soothing, hydrating and refining ingredients like chamomile, witch hazel and allantoin that balance your skin.

Step 3: Serum 

Use an antioxidant serum in the morning to fight off free radicals and sun damage or alternate with a hydrating serum or an active ingredient. When combining two serums together, ensure to apply the one with a thinner consistency first followed by the thicker one. If both the serums have a similar consistency, then pick the serum that addresses your immediate skin concern first. For example, if you want to tackle dark spots, use Niacinamide first, followed by the second serum.

Step 4: Under Eye Product

The tender skin below your eyes is prone to developing fine lines and wrinkles much quicker than the rest of your face. Plus, all those late-nighters mark their presence in the form of stubborn dark circles. You can tackle all these concerns by using an under eye product. Our Simple Protect N Glow Vitamin C Brightening Under Eye Gel is formulated with soothing, brightening and hydrating ingredients that cater to your delicate under eye skin. It de-puffs and visibly reduces dark circles in just 15 days!

Step 5: Moisturiser

Every skin type needs a moisturiser. If yours is dry, pick a thick, occlusive one; and look for ingredients like Ceramides, Vitamin E etc. If it's on the oily/combination/acne-prone side, you need a light-weight one that contains ingredients like Hyaluronic Acid, Niacinamide and Glycerin. But you definitely need one. A moisturiser adds water to your skin, which helps maintain your skin’s barrier and boost hydration. Without a moisturiser, you’re practically jeopardising your skin health. Our moisturisers are a powerhouse of hydration that are formulated keeping in mind the tiniest nuances of every skin type.

The Role Of Sunscreens And Night Creams

The above products can be layered as is in your AM and PM routine. As for the final step, use a broad-spectrum sunscreen in the morning to protect your skin from sun damage. For the nighttime, use our Skin Quench Sleeping Crème to restore moisture, strengthen your skin barrier and wake up for soft, dewy skin the next morning. Use these products as the last step in your AM and PM routine respectively.

What Ingredients Should You Mix Together?

Cocktailing skincare ingredients can enable you to have extra benefits from multiple products, rather than just using one ingredient at a time. There are a lot of ingredients that go together nicely, without causing any drama. One of the best ones is Vitamin C and sunscreen. Since it is a potent antioxidant it aids sun protection when paired with sunscreen. Our 10% Vitamin C+E+F Booster Serum is a multivitamin infusion that offers glowing skin, strengthens the skin barrier, brightens dull skin and improves uneven skin tone. This antioxidant serum is suitable for sensitive skin as well.

Another such dynamic duo is Niacinamide and Hyaluronic Acid. When used together, the oil-balancing properties of Niacinamide and the hydrating properties of Hyaluronic Acid will help reduce large pores, brighten your skin and make it plump. Our Simple Booster Serum 3% Hyaluronic Acid + Vit B5 offers 72 hours of continued hydration and visibly plump-looking skin. And our 10% Niacinamide Booster Serum instantly absorbs and enhances skin texture.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q:1 How long should I wait between applying different layers of skincare products?

A. Ideally, you should wait for about a minute while layering your skincare products. 1 minute, give or take is the amount of time a product needs to penetrate your pores.

Q:2 Should I change my skincare layering routine if I have sensitive skin?

A. If your current layering routine is working fine for you and there is no skin irritation then you can continue with the same. However, if you feel that your skin is not at its optimum, you can introduce skincare actives like Lactic acid and Ceramide Boosters in your layering routine. However, be careful not to incorporate more than one active in your routine, as it might irritate your skin and damage the barrier.

Q:3 Can I layer different types of sunscreens?

A. Layering sunscreens is not necessarily effective and can in fact make your skin look greasy. For maximum sun protection, ensure to reapply your sunscreen every 2-3 hours.

Rhea Shah
Written by Rhea Shah on Mar 15, 2024
Rhea has banked on her passion for writing and beauty to be where she is today. When she isn't looking up fancy synonyms for simple words aka working, she is either traveling, making travel plans, or exploring a new restaurant.
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