Skin Care Routine: The fine art of layering

Serums, lotions, oils: How to sort out the order of your skin care routine. 

It’s likely you have a specific process for applying make-up and hair care products. So, how about skin care? If you are putting on products in any order you like, there’s a good chance you need a lesson in layering.

I learned from Skin Authority CEO Celeste Hilling that, similar to the way you layer clothing, layering skin care products is pretty straightforward. You should work from the thinnest to the thickest; the basic order is serum before lotion before cream.


Celeste Hilling

There are two areas that may not be quite as intuitive: SPF and oils.

  • In the morning, you want SPF to be the last product applied before make-up. This stands true even if you are applying oil; pat the oil into skin and then apply SPF on top.
  • At night, you want your oil to be the last product in your routine. Oils help seal in moisture and keep the water in creams from evaporating.

While I’m on the subject of products; Celeste is often asked how many are needed for an effective skin care routine. The answer is lower than most people think: three or four. In the a.m., she suggests a gel cleanser, an anti-oxidant such as vitamin C, and a sunscreen moisturizer. At night, use a product with resurfacing ingredients such as AHAs and retinols, in addition to restorative peptides.

Skin Authority is the official skin care provider for our new show “Senior Moments”  which will debut this Fall on PBS.

Anatomie, La Bella Donna and Skin Authority are keeping me camera ready.

Anatomie, La Bella Donna and Skin Authority are keeping me camera ready.

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