How To Layer Your Skincare Products For Brighter Skin (Am +Pm Routine)

Layering your skincare in the correct order may seem like a complicated process for many. Whether you have a simple or full 10-step routine, the order in which you apply your skincare products matters. 

Layering your products in the proper order in your skincare routine is essential to achieve maximum impact. It makes the skincare routine more effective and brightens your skin.

This is because if products are not applied in the correct order, they don't get a chance to penetrate your skin.

In the grand scheme of things, a skincare routine should not be complicated or feel like a stressor; on the contrary, it should be fun. It is high time we put an end to the big skincare question, "what is the right way to layer your skincare products?"

Having said that, when you layer your skincare products, you want to go from the lightest products to the heaviest. This means going from water-based products like facial cleansers, tonics, and moisturizers, to heavier oil-based serums and creams.

How to Layer Your Skincare Products

Below is the best order to layer your skincare products in the morning

  • Cleanser
  • Toner
  • Antioxidant serum
  • Spot treatment 
  • Eye cream
  • Moisturizer
  • Face oil
  • Sunscreen
  • Then you can apply your makeup foundation

For your nighttime routine 

  • First of all, remove your makeup using a makeup remover
  • Cleanser
  • Toner
  • Skin brightening serums
  • Spot treatment
  • Hydrating serum
  • Face oil
  • Night cream

Remedies For Dark Spots 


Whether you’re applying your morning or night skincare routine, always start by cleansing your face. This helps the skin remain dirt and sweat-free. Double cleanse at night to remove makeup, sunscreen, and any bacteria that might have come in contact with your skin during the day. This allows products to be absorbed easily into your skin.


Exfoliating removes dead skin cells. An exfoliator penetrates through the lipid layers of the skin and exfoliates the skin by breaking down the bond that holds dead skin built up beneath the skin's surface. It clears dead skin cells and prevents the pores from getting clogged.


Toners are designed to rejuvenate the skin through hydration and remove dead cells, dirt, and impurities left behind after cleansing.

Skin Brightening Serum

ILLUMINATE skin brightening serum is ideal for use during your night-time routine. This is because it comprises brightening agents. Hence, it is advised to avoid going under direct sunlight after use. This serum contains natural brightening agents like Turmeric, Kojic Acid, and Licorice Root. These ingredients impede melanin production and fades hyperpigmentation spots to achieve an even, glowing tone. It also contains Vitamin B3 in the form of niacinamide which helps to seal moisture into the skin. ILLUMINATE is a clinic-grade natural skin brightening serum tested and certified to be safe for all skin types and tones. 

Spot Treatment

Skip this step if you have no spot. Use a spot treatment cream that contains Benzoyl Peroxide to treat acne-prone skin because it destroys bacteria and has anti-inflammatory properties. Spot treatment creams have a thicker consistency than serums, so they should be used after applying these products.

Eye Cream

Our hard-working eyes deserves a royal treatment. Gently apply a suitable nourishing eye cream lotion with firming actives that can treat the skin around the eyes. The skin around your eyes is thinner, more delicate, and more susceptible to damage, wrinkles, and irritation than the skin on other areas of your face.


Use moisturizer to boost hydration and seal in moisture. Moisturizing is a vital step in both your morning and night routines. If you have dry skin, apply your lighter face oil first, followed by moisturizer. This is because moisturizers help seal these oils on your skin and boost hydration.


Sunscreen is the final step in your morning skincare routine. Use a sunscreen of SPF 30+ to protect your skin from the sun's UV rays. This lowers your risk of skin cancer, dark spots, and aging signs. This should be applied last because it sits atop the skin and prevents other products from getting absorbed.

Can you really get your skin to glow naturally? 

Yes! But only if you know how to layer your skincare products and diligently follow the routine. This ensures that you get optimal effects and you don't waste money on products that won't get absorbed into the skin due to wrong skincare product layering. 

Before starting a new skincare routine, be sure to consult a dermatologist to prevent adverse reactions.

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