What Order Should I Layer My Skincare Products?

Apr 5, 2024
Hey gorgeous! Are you unsure what comes first in your skincare routine? Do I apply serum or the oil first? Or how do I simplify my skincare routine, that actually works? At VAMS Beauty, your Australian go-to online beauty haven, we understand the importance of a simple and effective skincare ritual. Whether you're an early bird or a night owl, our simple yet effective AM and PM routines are here to keep your skin looking and feeling fab!

Here is an easy and correct order for morning and night skincare routine:

  1. AM
    Cleanser (optional )
    Eye Cream
    Face Serum
    Facial Moisturiser

  2. PM
    Face Scrub ( 2-3 times week )
    Eye Cream
    Face Serum
    Facial Oils
    Facial Moisturiser

Why Is Skincare Layering Order Important ?

Layering of skincare products is crucial for achieving maximum benefits for your skin from the products you use on the daily. By applying each product correctly, your skin gets max benefits! This method ensures that your skin absorbs active ingredients efficiently, leading to healthy, glowing skin… and that’s what we’re here for… healthy skin!

Let's Do Our Morning Skincare Routine

1.Cleanser (this step is optional) While a morning cleansing routine is optional (as your nightly cleanse does all the heavy lifting), you can refresh your face with a gentle cleanser if you feel like, otherwise a good splash of water is perfect. Unless you went to bed without cleansing? Did you? We won’t judge – life happens.
Wake up your skin with these face cleansers for dry, oily, sensitive or combination skin:
Try Prota's Squalane Face Cleanser  a multi benefit face cleanser with Squalane, Kakadu Plum and Manuka Oil – perfect for sensitive & blemish prone skin. Your skin will be balanced, smooth and healthy. For that citrusy re-fresh try Lamav's Sweet Orange Balancing Cleanser a purifying deep cleansing face gel formulated to clean and balance oily and combination skin. 
2.Toner OR Hydration Mist - Wake up your skin with a soothing toner or a spritz of hydrating face mist, perfect for balancing and prepping your skin for optimal serum absorption. Always apply facial toner before serums and moisturizers. 
We think your skin will love this facial toner and face mist for a dose of hydration:

Start with Lamav's Probiotic Toner an Australian Certified Organic face toner that reduces skin inflammation to reveal a clearer and brighter complexion whilst minimizing the appearance of blemishes and imperfections. 

We want all the hydration before we apply our serum, try Fabulous Skin's Hydrating Facial Spray Mist made with sensitive skin in mind, the mist is FREE from artificial fragrances and essential oils, minimizing the risk of skin irritation.

3.Serum - Time for some face serum magic! We all know face serums are for targeting skin concerns such as acne break outs, blemishes, fine lines, wrinkles, collagen loss..etc.. Now is also a perfect time to apply your eye cream or eye gel.

We love this eye gel for dark circles and puffiness:

Lamav - Anti Dark-Circle Eye Gel, an advanced light cooling eye gel to revive and lighten the delicate eye area. Formulated with Vitamin C, Kakadu Plum and Rumex Extract to reduce the appearance of dark circles and puffiness.

Our pick for multi-purpose face serums for better skin health, packed with active ingredients to target specific skin concerns:

Tidha’s Hydration Face Serum with Niacinamide, a multifunctional hydration face serum is your go-to for those seeking long-lasting hydration. Great for all skin types, this serum caters especially for sensitive skin, the formula is infused with potent antioxidants that shield your skin from the harmful effects of free radicals, pollution, and environmental stressors. Fabulous Skin – Skin Perfecting Serum is fragrance-free, made to combat premature aging, enhances hydration, evens skin tone, and balances the microbiome. Ideal for sensitive, acne-prone skin, it strengthens the skin barrier, soothes irritation, and improves texture.

Kenzako’s Radiant Facial Serum a powerful face serum, great solution for premature aging and environmental damage. Spent too much time in the sun without sunscreen? Fine lines and wrinkles emerging? This antioxidant-rich serum is for you!

4.Moisturiser - Lock in the goodness with a hydrating moisturiser. Your skin will thank you and us. You’re welcome!

Look in moisture with these:

Prota’s Day & Night Face Moisturiser, specially formulated to activate microbiome diversity, day and night moisturizer promises an impressive 72-hour hydration boost, transforming your skin care routine. Infused with a potent blend of Hyaluronic Acid, Pentavitin, Squalene, and Vitamin C, it's engineered to not only brighten your complexion but also stimulate collagen production for youthful, radiant skin.

Phos Studio - Mumbai Gold Day Crème this indulgent and buttery textured face cream is hydrating and restorative face cream, enriched with the botanical powers of Seabuckthorn, Castor Oil, Gotu Kola, Turmeric and Squalane. For those struggling with Rosacea, Mumbai Gold can offer a soothing touch, calming redness and inflammation.

Pollen Nation Skin - Pollen Plumper Vitamin C Face Moisturizer 50g
Experience the power of 5% THD Ascorbate (Vitamin C), a superior form of Vitamin C, chosen for its stability and effectiveness. It targets pigmentation, fights signs of premature aging, and enhances your skin's natural radiance.

5.Sunscreen – This is non-negotiable! Protect your skin from the harsh Aussie sun with a high SPF sunscreen. It’s the secret to keeping the wrinkles and fine lines away. It sits on top to protect your skin without being diluted by other products. Make sure you use SPF as directed, reapply often, stay out of direct sunlight where possible. Sunscreen is one form of sun protection. Wear protective clothing when outdoors.

Protect your face with these Aussie Made sunscreens:

Avocado Zinc - SPF 50 Natural Physical Sunscreen 100ml Naturally made sunscreen for all skin types, babies, and during pregnancy and breastfeeding. It rubs in clear, offering a perfect makeup base. Vegan, cruelty-free, and 100% preservative-free with 98% non-comedogenic oils, it's suitable for all skin types and leaves a dewy finish.

Night Routine, We Like To Call It Beauty Sleep

1. Cleanser - Let's cleanse the day away! A thorough cleanse in the evening is a must for removing makeup, dirt, and impurities.

Face cleansers we use:

Gunkoff - Face Cleansing Balm 125g effortlessly remove makeup, sunscreen, and impurities with Gunk Off’s face cleansing balm a gentle yet mighty makeup remover.
Asgfr - Reusable Face Wash Cloth an eco-friendly square-shaped reusable wash cloth is made from ultra-fine microfibers. Just add water to deeply cleanse pores, quickly removing makeup, sunscreen, and impurities. Ideal for all skin types, including sensitive skin, it's gentle yet effective for both face and body use. This eco-friendly cloth not only saves time and money but also promotes a clear, healthy complexion.

2.Toner - Again, balance is key. A gentle toner at night preps your skin for optimal serum absorption. And here is where you repeat the toner and hydration mist from your morning routine with Probiotic Toner and Hydrating Facial Spray Mist.

3.Serum/Oils - Nighttime is when your skin repairs itself, so give it all the good goop it needs with a serum or a facial oil with active ingredients. Some will argue to add the oil last, and they are not wrong, neither is adding oil before a moisturizer. For all our dry skin girlies adding facial oil prior to moisturizer is a game changer!

We love these face serums for anti-aging, plumping, collagen promoting, acne fighting and glow inducing:

Pollen Nation Skin Acne Clearing Gel, Honey Shots has been specially formulated to tackle the toughest skin challenges, it combats acne, blemishes, and breakouts, while simultaneously nourishing your skin and fortifying its natural barrier. Did we mention it's made from Australian Manuka Honey? 

We love these facial oils for brighter complexion, collagen production and fine lines:

For lightweight, fast-absorbing facial oil that ensures your skin is thoroughly nourished, aiding in promoting well ageing try Muse By Gaia's Blue Moon Facial Oil. Witness a visible transformation as it works to brighten your complexion, boost collagen production, refine fine lines, and target pigmentation, age spots, and skin texture.

We also recommend Kenzako's Repairing Facial Oil this is a restorative face oil to calm skin, featuring the powerful anti-oxidant action of CoQ10, Vitamin A (contains 0.2% Vitamin A Palmitate), Vitamin C and Certified Organic Rosehip Oil to rejuvenate, repair and hydrate your skin.

4.Moisturizer – Apply to lock in all the products with a good dose of hydration to keep your skin soft and supple as you dream away.

Phos Studio - Colombo Night Repair Crème
 is a moisture-intensive luxury night cream specially formulated to restore the lipid barrier of dry and fissured skin. It actively helps repair damaged skin and revitalizes elasticity. Enriched with ceramides, vitamin C, B5, jojoba oil, and olive squalane, as well as plant retinol - bakuchiol and a dash of luxurious sandalwood oil. Note: This product contains vitamin A and is therefore not suitable during pregnancy.

Still Unsure About Which Skincare Product Goes First?

When in doubt just start light to heavy. Think of it like your wardrobe - start light and layer up! Begin with the lighter, thinner products and work your way up to the thicker, creamier ones. This ensures maximum absorption. Save your heavyweights, like retinol, for the night when your skin is in repair mode.

Shop Your Dream Routine at VAMS Beauty

Ready to transform your skin? Discover your dream skincare lineup right here at VAMS Beauty. Our online beauty shop was created to share the new and emerging beauty and skincare brands we’ve discovered, fallen in love with, and swear by. For life. We only stock products we are passionate about. Australian woman owned brands live here!

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