What order should you apply skincare products?

The order of your skin regime is important as proper layering helps to minimize irritation and assists in locking in the helpful ingredients.


Cleanser – The cleaning step in your facial regime is undoubtably one of the most important. Regular cleansing with the proper product is essential to keeping your skin looking radiant and healthy. Regularly cleansing helps maintain proper pore size, optimal skin hydration and prevents the production of excess oils. Cleansing twice a day also helps prepare your skin for additional treatments like anti-aging products and night time treatments. 

Toner – So you may be wondering what is a toner and do I need one? Back in the day facial toners were designed to get your skin extra clean. Especially useful if you had oily skin but today they not only get your skin extra clean but are designed to assist with other skin needs like hydration and vitamins. If you wondering what to buy we like this list from byrdie.com as it lists options by skin type.

Serums – Serums are topical solutions designed to help support and correct skin. Key serums often include topical antioxidants like vitamin A, C and E. Serums can also contain topical retinols, hyaluronic acid, peptides and ingredients that even out skin tone. When layered underneath moisturizers, serums act as targeted treatment for wrinkles, pigmentation, redness and general skin health.

Eye Cream – The skin under and around your eyes is very sensitive. Concerns often range from fine lines to puffy under eyes and dark circles. We offer an organic oil that helps with all three. Amalie Under Eye Serum is a powerful hand crafted formulation designed to minimize the appearance of dark circles, wrinkles and fine lines. Our serum is made with all organic ingredients. The formulation is non-greasy and absorbs easily into the skin. Our proprietary combination of Organic Sweet Almond Oil, Organic Vitamin E Oil, Organic Licorice Root Oil & Organic Lemon Oil soothes, brightens and minimizes fine lines.

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Spot Treatment – Typically during you’re morning regime spot treatments are focused on acne. This is because many of the anti-aging or more advanced treatments are sun sensitive and require more time to work. Acne resolution can be daunting but we like this post from healthline.com as it provides some good options based on specific skin needs and price points.

Moisturizer – Moisturizing your face is another vital step in your skin care regime. Moisturizers can help to reduce fine lines, balance your skins natural oils, seal in your other treatments and help to allow makeup to be applied more easily.

Sunscreen- Sunscreen is a vital step year round. Using sunscreen daily not only protects your skin form UV rays but can also help your skin to stay younger looking but it will also protect you from sunburn as well as skin cancer. If you’re struggling with what to use, we like this post from medicalnewstoday.com because it outlines the best natural and organic options by specific need with quick links. 


Cleanser – As mentioned earlier, this is a key step to healthy skin. Tip: You may want to consider washing twice if you wore thick makeup or had a day with strenuous activity.

Toner – Using a toner in the evening may be especially helpful as pollutants, makeup and perspiration will add additional bacteria and dirt.

Eye Treatment – Don’t be afraid to use a thicker treatment in the evenings. The night time regime allows for thicker and more serious treatments for the eyes, specialty treatments and night moisturizers. You get the opportunity to lock in treatment for 8-10 hours while you sleep. Tip: If you have sensitive skin, like me, be sure what you’re using on your face doesn’t irritate your eyes or lips. Eyes and lips are especially sensitive and you are likely to get treatments and moisturizer on or near them through the contact on your pillow.

Treatments – Night time treatments should be a key part of your evening beauty regime. You can really load up on retinols, serums, acne treatments and peels. There are literally millions of options in this step. If you’re not sure what is best for you we recommend that you determine your top skin need and start with that. Example: if your most concerned with fine lines then you should research the best treatments for this. Choose one product, follow the directions and evaluate the results. Once you’ve done this you can move onto other areas of concern. Keep in mind that some of the treatments have multiple benefits.

Night Moisturizer – It’s important to remember that the evening moisturizer not only nourishes your skin but can help to lock in the other treatments, thus booting your overall complexion. Much like facial treatments there are literally millions of night time face creams. If you’re struggling with what to use, we recommend you take a look at birdie.com. They highlight the best night moisturizer based on price and skin needs. Tip: we recommend starting with a lower price moisturizers because the basic items found in your local drug store have become higher quality and many times are the preferred products by dermatologists. 

In summary, you may be reading this and saying, “This is a lot of work, I don’t even use all these items”. The truth is you should only use what you need. As an example, if you use very little makeup and don’t have oily skin you may not need a toner. You may also find that some items have dual use so that could minimize steps. As an example, you may find a daily moisturizer with sunscreen. Lastly, we are big believers in giving your skin a break every once in a while. Clean your skin thoroughly before you go to bed and don’t apply anything on your skin every once win a while. 

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Dr. Vanessa Rodriguez is a board-certified general practitioner with more than 15 years of patient care experience. She takes an integrative approach to patient care that considers the whole person – mind, body, and spirit – and is deeply committed to assisting her patients in achieving and sustaining optimal health. Dr. Vanessa is also a skilled writer and medical reviewer, specializing in preventive care and health promotion. Her articles are written in an approachable manner that is simple to comprehend and implement in one’s own life. Dr. Vanessa’s mission is to equip her patients and readers with the knowledge and resources necessary to live their greatest lives.

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