Skincare Products: What Is the Correct Order?

A good skincare routine can have positive results that are unquestionable. It is important to be consistent with your skincare routine. You must be familiar with the proper order in which to apply your skincare products.

Dermatologists established some principles to determine the order of products. This basically means that the lightest products should be used first.

Now, let’s take a look at some common skincare products and the order in which they should be applied:


Good skin care begins with clean, cleansed skin. Clean surfaces allow skincare products to better and ultimately work more effectively. Best spa Surrey cleansing is even more important for a night time skincare routine as your face accumulates dirt, dust, oil and bacteria from your daytime activities.

Plus, it is essential that your face is cleared of all makeup products. If you have combination or oily skin, a gel cleanser is a good choice. For oily skin, foam and clay cleanser are great options. Use a cream cleanser if you have dry or sensitive skin.


The purpose of a toner is to pick up any dirt and bacteria missed during cleansing. Toner also helps to exfoliate your skin to prepare it for the creams and serums that follow. If you have extremely dry skin, you can choose to skip this step, although there are toners specially formulated for dry skin.

These toners have a cream base and no alcohol. For oily skin, use toners that contain oil-free ingredients. People with oily skin should also look for toners with salicylic acid and witch hazel.

Eye cream

Depending on your age and the elasticity of your skin, it’s best to add an eye cream to both your morning and night time skincare routine. When searching for a perfect eye cream, look for ingredients like peptides that help tighten delicate under-eye skin and reduce puffiness. Another effective ingredient in vogue is caffeine which helps to brighten the under-eye area and reduce eye bags.

Eye creams also have a lighter consistency than moisturizers and facial oils, so they need to be applied first. The thicker moisturizers and oils will not allow the eye cream to penetrate if they are applied last.

Treatment Serum

Concentrated liquids that are rich in essential skincare nutrients and antioxidants are called serums. Vitamin C serum has become the most buzzed-about skin care product, and with good reason. Vitamin C can help reduce sun damage, hyperpigmentation, and lighten scars.

Another great advantage of using serums is that they help to thoroughly hydrate and moisturize your skin for anti-ageing products, which can sometimes be drying. Serums need to be applied before moisturizers as they have a lighter consistency that will not penetrate the skin through the thicker formulations of moisturizers.


Moisturizers help to seal in hydration and act as a final protective layer for your skin. For night time skincare, moisturizer will be the last step before face oil. Applying sunscreen after moisturizing is an essential part of any morning skin care routine.

Moisturizers can be used to provide both SPF protection as well as hydration. This step should be combined with applying spot treatment. Apply spot treatment only after you have applied moisturizer. If you apply spot treatment earlier, you risk rubbing area-specific treatment all over the face where it’s not needed.

Face oil

Depending on the kind of face oil and treatment, you may apply face oil before or after moisturizer. Keep in mind that face oil is occlusive and doesn’t allow for anything to penetrate through. They should be applied at night before applying sunscreen. You can only use so much oil, so it is important to be careful.

It is important to remember that skin care should be done daily as the results can take time. And aside from the steps above, a good skincare routine should include regular facials, spas and dermatologist-supervised treatments. One such treatment is our HydraFacial in South Surrey that provides all the benefits of daily skincare products in less than an hour.

A HydraFacial is a skin treatment provided by medical spas and dermatology offices like White Rock spa. This non-invasive procedure offers a great alternative for chemical peels and microdermabrasion, but may not be suitable for all skin types.


GLOW Bright facials remove dirt and oil by gently suctioning. HydraFacial Morgan creek is gentler than microdermabrasion and chemical peels. There are no downtime or side effects. These facials are available at our White Rock spa.

HydraFacial White Rock is a multi-step treatment that addresses various skin issues such as dry skin, acne scarring, ageing, and fine lines. It pumps the skin with targeted serums to address these concerns. With just one session, our treatments can have a noticeable impact on the skin’s texture and appearance.