How to layer your skincare like your clothes

The temperatures are slowly dropping which means our skin gets a little drier. We can often forget that our skin needs some TLC in the colder months so it helps to know what products to use and how to make the most out of your skincare products, cue layering 101.

To give you a helping hand, we’ve devised a step by step guide on what order you should be using your skincare products to maximise their benefits.


A toner is a double cleanse for the skin. It ensures that any dirt and oil that was missed from cleansing is removed. It also helps to rebalance the skin’s PH levels after cleansing so it is a step you don’t want to miss.

We recommend: Pixi Glow Tonic (£18), available at Harvey Nichols.


After you’ve cleansed, it’s time to apply the thinnest consistency product, which will be your serum. These are made to address specific skin concerns such as wrinkles, dryness and rosacea. They are much more highly concentrated formulas designed to absorb into the skin at a much deeper level. Just a small amount will go a long way with serums.

We recommend: L’Occitane Immortelle Reset Serum (£49), available in their store in Grand Central. 

Eye cream

The skin under your eyes is the thinnest so it’s essential we look after it well to prevent any premature aging. Eye cream can have a thick or serum-like texture but this is the time to apply it so it can easily absorb into the skin.  There are plenty of eye creams or gels out there depending on what you’re wanting to combat, this could be depuffing, anti-aging or dryness. When applying your eye cream, use your forth finger in a tapping motion. This is the the weakness finger so you won’t tug or pull at the delicate skin under your eyes.

We recommend: Kiehl’s Creamy Eye Treatment with Avocado (£26, 14g), available in their store in Grand Central. 


Moisturiser is key to skincare layering. If you want to achieve naturally glowy skin then you need to hydrate the skin and starting with moisturiser will help. The right moisturiser can replenish, nourish and hydrate so make sure you find the right moisturiser for your skin type, whether that is dry, normal, oily, combination or sensitive, there’s a moisturiser that caters for everyone.

We recommend: Origins GinZing Ultra-Hydrating Energy Boosting cream (£25), available at John Lewis.

Face oil

Packed with natural vitamins, face oils penetrate deep into the skin and hydrate at a much deeper level than a moisturiser. They also repair and plump the skin, leaving your skin looking youthful and refreshed. Oils can penetrate moisturiser but not vice versa so for the oil to work to its full potential, it must be one of your last steps in your skincare regime. You can skip this step during the daytime and use only at night if you have oily skin.

We recommend: No.7 Youthful Replenishing Facial Oil (£23), available from Boots.


SPF is an important step in your skincare regime, even in the winter months. Applying a good SPF (always look for at least 4 stars in the UVA ratings) every morning will protect your skin from the harmful UVA and UVB rays that come from the sun. The SPF will act as a protective barrier on top of your skin so it is vital that it is applied last, otherwise your other products won’t penetrate properly into the skin.

We recommend: La Roche-Posay Anthelios AC Anti-Shine Matte Fluid SPF 30 (£16.50), available from Boots.

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