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How To Layer Skincare in the Correct Order

A well-designed skincare routine can make all the difference in achieving healthy and radiant skin. One fundamental aspect of an effective skincare regimen is layering products in the correct order....

A well-designed skincare routine can make all the difference in achieving healthy and radiant skin. One fundamental aspect of an effective skincare regimen is layering products in the correct order. Applying effects in the proper sequence can maximize their benefits and ensure optimal absorption into the skin. Here’s a quick rule of thumb: layer products from thinnest to thickest to give every product the best chance to penetrate your skin thoroughly.

In this guide, we will explore the art of layering skincare and provide you with valuable tips to enhance the effectiveness of your daily skincare routine.

1. Double Cleanse

Double cleansing has become a popular skincare technique for thorough purification and refreshing skin. The process involves two steps: first, using an oil-based cleanser to dissolve and remove makeup, sunscreen, and excess sebum; and second, following up with a water-based cleanser to eliminate impurities such as dirt and sweat. 

Incorporating double cleansing into your skincare routine ensures your skin is free of surface-level and deep-seated grime. This method benefits individuals with oily skin and those who wear heavy makeup or are exposed to high pollution.

We recommend using Prep-N-Glow Wipes to remove makeup for quick, gentle cleansing. Use the smooth side to remove makeup and cleanse, then turn the wipe over to double cleanse and exfoliate with the microdot texture for a healthy, radiant glow.

2. Red Light Therapy

If you want to incorporate a red light therapy tool into your skincare routine, you will want to do this on clean, dry skin.

Red light therapy has gained recognition for its remarkable benefits in promoting healthier, rejuvenated skin. This non-invasive treatment involves exposing the skin to low-level red light wavelengths that penetrate the dermis. The primary benefit of red light therapy is its ability to stimulate the production of collagen and elastin, two essential proteins that contribute to skin elasticity and firmness. By increasing collagen synthesis, red light therapy can help reduce the appearance of fine lines & wrinkles. With its non-invasive nature and impressive benefits, red light therapy has emerged as a promising option for achieving healthier, more youthful-looking skin.

We recommend the FDA-Cleared and clinically proven NuFACE Trinity® Starter Kit with Wrinkle Reducer Attachment or the NEW TRINITY+ with Wrinkle Reducer Attachment. These LED devices feature a precise combination of red, amber, and infrared lights to reduce full-face wrinkles in just 3 minutes per treatment area. Simply press onto clean, dry skin and let the power of red light go to work for you before completing the rest of the steps in your skincare routine.

3. Tone Skin

Incorporating a toner into your skincare routine after cleansing can provide many benefits. Toners often help to restore balance to your skin’s delicate microbiome. They can also assist in minimizing the appearance of enlarged pores, as well as helping to remove any lingering dirt or impurities that might have escaped your cleanser.

Look for a toner that complements your skincare routine and individual needs, whether prioritizing hydration, exfoliation, or even just looking for a soothing option. Whichever toner you choose, they’re great for helping to enhance the overall effectiveness of your routine.

If you seek a gentle toner to enhance hydration and soothe skin, you may enjoy Supercharged IonPlex® Mist. This mist is formulated with hyaluronic acid, IonPlex blend, niacinamide, and ceramides to deeply hydrate skin while soothing and helping to rebuild the skin barrier. You can even mist on your skin throughout the day for a refreshing moisture boost.

4. Oil-Free Serum

Serums are a crucial part of your skincare routine. They help provide the targeted nutrients you need to address your skincare concerns. Whether you’re worried about hydration, breakouts, or dark spots, your serum is where you can tailor your regimen to your individual needs.

Super Booster Serums are ideal for layering, as they help amplify microcurrent treatment (more on that later) while targeting your unique skin needs. Select the suitable serum for you, then massage 3-5 drops into clean, dry skin after toning and moisturizing. Serums can be used day or night to nourish the skin.

Serums are formulated to address many common skin concerns. For example, if you want to treat dark spots and brighten your skin, Super Vita-C Booster Serum, formulated with vitamin C, is ideal. For firming skin and enhancing radiance, you’ll want to look for a peptide-packed serum like Super Peptide Booster Serum. This clean formulation helps to firm skin and reduce the appearance of wrinkles with a triple-peptide complex. And, for all of us that spend *a little* too much time in front of screens, you may want to consider looking for an antioxidant serum to ward off harmful free radical damage. Blue light from screens and environmental aggressors create oxidative stress. An antioxidant serum like Super Antioxidant Booster Serum acts as a shield against free-radical damage while tightening the skin. 

5. Microcurrent treatment

You don’t need to go to a board-certified dermatologist for a facial lift or skin smoothing treatment. There are more options with the TRINITY+ and Effective Lip & Eye Attachment. NuFACE Microcurrent Technology is clinically proven to tone, lift, and contour - not just on the surface, but down to the MUSCLE - for transformative rest day.

Be sure to use microcurrent after cleansing and before applying oil-based products, as oil impedes microcurrent flow. Microcurrent needs hydration to conduct from the device down to the skin and muscles, so always use a Microcurrent Activator. These dual-action products act as a moisturizer while conducting microcurrent for optimal treatment results. 

6. Moisturizer 

Hydrating your skin is super important, especially if you have dry skin, so moisturizing is a non-negotiable part of your skincare routine. Look for a moisturizer that utilizes science-backed ingredients such as ceramides and hyaluronic acid. 

While you can use the same moisturizer in the morning and evening, using a more decadent night cream and eye cream at night can help combat visible signs of aging and restore dry skin to its plumper, firmer, more radiant glory.

7. SPF

As the final step, apply a broad-spectrum mineral sunscreen or chemical sunscreen with at least SPF 30 to help protect your skin from UVB rays and prevent sun damage. Skip SPF and apply your nighttime moisturizer and eye cream instead for a nighttime routine.


Building an effective skincare routine can be overwhelming, but understanding how to layer products is vital! From cleansing to SPF and everything in between, each step plays a crucial role in addressing your specific skin concerns and will be much more effective when applied in the correct order.

By following these guidelines and tailoring your routine to your needs, you can achieve more radiant skin quickly.


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