This Is The Order You Should Apply Your Skincare Products for the Best Results


Your skin’s primary job is to act as a barrier to keeps bad stuff out of your body. That’s a good thing! But it also means you need to be strategic when applying skin-care products if you want them to be effective.

As a general rule of thumb: Apply the thinnest, more watery products first, then end with the heaviest creams and oils last. Here, two top dermatologists explain what to apply and when.

Step 1: Exfoliate and cleanse.

Start with a cleanser when you first wake up. “If you have dry skin, use a gentle, hydrating cleanser with ingredients like ceramides, glycerin, or an oil,” says Michele Farber, M.D., a dermatologist in New York City.

Acne-prone or more oily skinned types should look for a foamy cleanser with ingredients like glycolic acid or salicylic acid, Dr. Farber says.

Once a week, exfoliate before cleansing to eliminate dead skin cells (they make it harder for those active ingredients to penetrate the skin).


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