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The Correct Order to Apply Your Skincare Products

by Alison Bowers |

Today, there are hundreds of skincare products on the market. From anti-ageing eye creams that claim to leave you with the brightest eyes in the room to serums, retinol products and acids all designed to combat different issues, the world of skincare can be somewhat of a minefield. It's important to keep your skincare routine simple and only use extra elements when your skin really needs it.


Working out what each product means is a challenge in itself, let alone figuring out which order to apply the products and how. You may not think that the order in which you apply skincare products is important, but trust us when we tell you it is. According to the experts, applying products in the correct order ensures your skin receives the full benefit of each product and you get the very best results from your skincare regimen.


If you’re wondering what product goes on top of what or how to correctly layer your skincare products, don’t worry - we’re to help. The most important thing to keep in mind is that products with the thinnest consistency should always be applied to the skin first, followed by the thickest.


To truly get the most out of your skincare routine, follow the steps below.


Step 1: Cleanser

Cleanser should always be applied first to remove any dirt or makeup from the day before. Try to ditch the makeup wipes; they can irritate and leave a layer of harsh residue on your skin. Instead, opt for a light, refreshing cleanser, such as our Miracle Cleanser, which is packed full of nutrient-rich ingredients. If you like a Milky texture that you don't have to wash off, try our super hydrating Cleansing Milk.


Step 2: Toner

A toner should always follow your cleanser. Many people skip this stage as, back in the day, toners were alcohol-based liquids that were harsh on the skin - but today, toners are hydrating and gentle, so don’t be put off. It’s important to note each type of toner is designed to combat a different skin issue, so it’s essential you find one that works for you.


Toners were originally created to rebalance the skin’s pH after washing with harsh soaps. Today’s cleansers are far more gentle, so only use a toner if you want to. Our gentle Refreshing Toner with cucumber extract and rose water is the perfect starter toner to try. If you have an oily-based skin type, our Purifying Toner is the perfect match.


Step 3: Mask

Next, it’s time for a Mask. It’s a great idea to use a Mask to target a skincare issue like Hydration! In these Winter Months, the air becomes drier and so does your skin. Our Rescue Revive Sheet & Eye Masks are a great way to give your skin a targeted pick-me-up all year round. If you're looking for a Mask that brightens and gently exfoliates, try our award-winning Illuminating Mask.


Step 4: Eye creams and gels

The skin under your eyes is the thinnest on your face, so it’s important to give this area some TLC each morning too. Eye creams and gels are usually thinner than moisturisers, so it’s important they go on before you moisturise. Remember, the skin under your eyes is thin and sensitive, so it’s crucial you choose a gentle eye gel, like our Firming Eye Gel with sodium hyaluronate and aloe vera.


Step 5: Moisturiser 

A moisturiser infuses your skin with hydration and helps trap in all the products underneath it to make the ingredients more effective. Even if you have oily skin, it’s important you moisturise every day to keep your skin hydrated fresh. Remember, make this the last step in your skincare routine!


At Herbal Essentials, all of our products contain carefully selected botanical ingredients and essential oils that are recognised for their specific benefits to the skin and deeply rooted in Ayurvedic principles. We believe your skin should only have the best, which is why each and every one of our products is packed full of nutrient-rich ingredients. Visit our website to start browsing today.