Have you heard about skincare layering my friend? It’s the theory to use to maximise the most out of your skincare investments. It’s based in really simple science and it’s great at giving your skincare the BEST set-up to showcase its skills to your skin. Thing is there is 1 more step that could be a skin condition game changer, that is what I am sharing with you today lovely…
What is The Skincare Layering Rule?
If you haven’t heard of the skincare layering rules let me give you a recap. The skincare layering rule tells you what order you should be using your products in to make sure they have a ‘cushy’ skin arena to make them comfortable enough to lend you their skin loving powers. It generally goes like this…
- Exfoliate (not every day)
- Treatment product
- Facial mist/Essence
- Facial oil
The first layering rules are simples, we all know to cleanse first and condition later … duh *winks*.
Then it’s all about the science of ‘density’, which sounds much more fancy than it actually is. The skincare layering rule basically says the thicker the skincare product the longer it’ll take to sink into your skin. So start with the lightest first and end with the thickest last. It’s like lining up a set of ‘Russian dolls’ in size perfect OCD pleasing order.
If you are ever wondering which order to use skincare in, use the skincare layering rule of thinnest and lightest first.
Why The Skincare Layering Rule Works
When you know why the skincare layering rule works, you know how to ‘bend it to your will’ *winks*. So here I will dish you the 101 on how, why and the benefits of the skincare layering rule.
- Vitamin rich serums get into skin before they ‘go-off’. Imagine if you mixed Ribena with Tea (not sure why you would but go with me here *winks*) or you put together Ribena and a twice baked scone. First ones gonna mix together real quick, it might be the less appealing tummy treat, but it’s gonna happen the fastest. Now imagine the Ribena & Scone, that’s gonna take some time, first the scone is gonna soak up the Ribena, then the Ribena is going to ‘break-down’ the scone like it was a digestive biscuit being dunked into a cuppa T. That second one takes time. The second is the food equivalent of putting a thin vitamin rich serum on top of a thicker skincare product. It is going to take (more) time to get to where it needs to be, in that time all those good skincare ingredients get attacked by air which makes them ‘go-off’. It’s also why you wanna stay clear of jar packaging for precious skincare vitamins.
- Oil & water don’t mix… unless you have the special things that get put into creams (emulsifiers) that love both water & oil and bring them together like they were having an intervention *winks*. That is why putting moisturiser in between just water based products and just oil based products is a skincare layering rule winner.
- Keeps ‘second skin’ barrier helping ingredients till last. Thicker skincare products usually have skin barrier helping ingredients in them. These are really great for dry skin types or dry skin areas as that is where your skin needs barrier help. They add to your skin’s no.1 aim – to keep water in & everything else out. They are your back up skin guards. You don’t wanna put these guys on duty until all your other precious skincare ingredients have made it into the ark ‘eh!
- Thicker products seal in everything else. This is the main aim of the skincare layering rule. Lock that beauty down! Thinner, water based products have a habit of either evaporating or eating away at your natural skin oils which help your skin to stay hydrated. That’s why water can actually dry & irritate your skin. Whallop… I mean carefully massage in *winks* a skincare cream or facial oil afterwards and those 2 things are stopped and reversed.
My ONE Alteration to The Skincare Layering Rule
So you’re now all clued up on why the skincare layering rule is fab, where could it do better? The one alteration I would make is this, if you are using a facial oil as your last step, use a little more moisturiser on top of that as your final step.
“The one science based alteration I would make to the skincare layering rule… If you use a facial oil, follow it with a little more moisturiser. This helps the facial oil to sink into skin which helps it improve your skin’s condition.”
Remember that second point as to why the skincare layering rule works? Because water & oil don’t mix? Well because facial oils are a thicker product and they don’t like water, they struggle a little to ‘sink-in’ and really help your long-term skin condition. Sure your skin feels great when they are sat on the very top, but once you’ve popped that sleepy head down, it’s mostly ending up on your favourite bedding.
— Cheryl Woodman (@HonestyForSkin) 12 April 2016
Cue the mixing machine that is a moisturiser. Adding a final layer of moisturiser helps a facial oil to sink in because it helps everything ‘mix’ together. Adding a little more moisturiser after a facial oil maximises the skin loving abilities of your carefully selected facial oil #SkinWinner.
Skincare oils are the part of your routine that really helps give skin that glowing look. Hydration plumps everything out and then skin conditioning oils make you ‘beam’!
Have you heard of the skincare layering rules? What’s your current last step? Have you tried adding a little more moisturiser after your facial oils? Let’s get chatting on this in the comments below…
Cheryl Woodman is a scientist & award winning skincare formulator who is more friend next door than bow tie wearing professor. As creator of Honesty For Your Skin her aim is to help you care for your skin in the best ways possible. She is founder of the natural & fragrance free skincare brand Honesty while also hosting 1 to 1 skincare coaching to help you get your best skin yet. Learn more here at www.HonestyForYourSkin.co.uk/Skin-Coach