Layers, layers, layers. While it’s fairly intuitive and straightforward how we put on layers of clothing before going out to keep warm, especially during the colder months, many struggle to understand the art and order of layering when it comes to achieving supreme skincare.
Layering allows you to address multiple skin concerns with different products at the same time. Here’s a step-by-step guide to layering your skincare to get maximum results:
1. Start with cleansing and water-based products
If you need a quick explainer on how to layer skincare, a good rule of thumb is to layer lightest to heaviest. But first, always cleanse before doing any layering, as it removes dirt and dead skin cells. We recommend the Akaia Blends Gentle Renew Milky Cleanser as it is super gentle, pH balanced, fragrance-free and nourishing, or use a Konjac Sponge.
Then, you can start layering with a water-based toner, since it is the thinnest consistency of all your skincare products. A toner also helps to further balance the skin’s pH so that your heavy-duty products can penetrate the skin better.
2. Serums come next
Many are confused about whether to apply serum or moisturiser first. Just remember serums come first. Why? Because they are usually packed with active ingredients and when applied, effectively sink into the skin where they do their magic. The serum you're using should address your concern, whether it’s wrinkles, uneven tone, breakouts or dryness, and should be smeared on when the skin is still damp from toner. That's how they penetrate effectively, shooting active ingredients right into the skin's deeper layers for transformative results.
As for those of you who want to apply two serums, you want to layer the water-based serum first, followed by the oil-based one. And in case both textures are the same, start with the one your skin needs more. For instance, if dehydration is your issue, start with the C O C O Bay Royal Serum (designed to add moisture), or, if dark spots bother you, layer a vitamin C serum first. We recommend either the ByNature Brightening Face Serum with Vitamin C or Lemon & Beaker Vitamin C Serum with Lemon Essential Oil.
3. Thick products are third or last
At this point, you should be locking in what you have previously applied with a moisturiser. You can use the same moisturiser AM and PM, or a lightweight one in the morning and a heavier one for the night to boost the skin's natural repairing process. Regardless of your choice, the humble moisturiser is the last step in your night routine and the penultimate one in the morning, before applying a good SPF cream of course. Moisturisers not only preserve the barrier and moisten skin, but they pack thickening agents that form an invisible veil, stopping external foes from entering the skin while trapping serum and treatments in.
For your eyes, we recommend the Platone Active Manuka Honey Eye Cream, which includes a powerful combination of Active New Zealand Manuka Honey, Marula Oil and Hyaluronic Acid, to help nourish and soothe skin and minimise dark under eyes.
As for your entire face, try the ByNature Vitamin C & Collagen Brightening Gel Booster Capsule, which is a highly concentrated, hydrating gel moisturiser to boost skin radiance.