Your Skincare Routine Order Explained: How to Apply Your Products

With people becoming more and more cautious towards their skin and body, it has become important for them to choose the right self care products and follow a ritual that best suits their skin type to get the best results. Want to know how? Well, keep reading this post to discover more.

Eye cream before or after moisturizer? Serum before or after the mask? Face oil or serum first? Most of you must have come across these questions while following any skincare routine. What’s the way out? Here's a rule of thumb: Layer your products by starting off with the thinner textures first.

Well, what can we say? Everyone is different. Sot the short answer is: There's really no "best" way. It's about listening to your body. However, we can show you the best ways that have been proven to be more effective when applying so many products on your skin and body. Here we will talk about the right order, the duration, and the knowledge of applying different skin care products. We'll make it easy to understand... we promise!

If you have always failed to implement the accurate morning or night time skincare routine, we will also go into a deeper dive on how to set up your skincare routine in the right way.

A Healthy Skincare Routine

Step 1: Cleanser

The first step is to wash your face! The role of a face wash in a skincare routine is essential for maintaining healthy, clean, and balanced skin. Essentially what it does as the first step is: remove the impurities, makeup, dead skin cells, oil, dirt and other types of pollutants that your skin endured.

Cleansing the skin, controlling oil, maintaining hydration, prepping the skin for other products, and providing a refreshing and soothing experience are the main benefits of a face wash. It's an essential step towards achieving and maintaining healthy, radiant skin. 

The Daily Dose Purifying Facial Cleanser is a face wash we swear by. 100% organic, and natural Castile soap is a multi-purpose product that not just removes impurities from the skin but also maintains its pH. The natural ingredients in Castile soap is rich in antioxidants and fatty acids that help moisturize and nourish the skin, leaving it feeling soft and supple. When used as a face wash, Castile soap provides a mild and effective cleansing action, removing dirt, oil, and impurities without stripping the skin of its natural oils.

Step 2: Toner

The primary role of toner in the skincare routine is to rejuvenate your skin without eliminating its natural moisture. It also preps the skin to absorb the rest of your routine. Hint: Always apply your face serum on a damp skin from the toner. When your skin is slightly damped, your skin absorbs the following products better with a deeper penetration.

Here are a few toning benefits we simply love, and this is why it's a major step that we don't want to miss out on:

  • Helps to restore the skin's natural pH balance
  • Strengthen its natural protective barrier
  • Acts as a secondary cleanser, effectively removing these impurities and ensuring a thorough cleansing process
  • Tighten and minimize the appearance of pores
  • Contain humectants, which help to attract and retain moisture in the skin
  • Provides an added layer of hydration, leaving the skin plump, refreshed, and prepped for other products
  • Soothing and calming properties

At Babe Essentials, we have you covered with 2 amazing facial toners

The Rose Tonic will help to remove excess dirt, traces of oil, balance the skin’s pH level, and reduce the presence of pores. Rose water is an ingredient more people should take advantage of. It has anti-inflammatory properties that can help soothe irritated and sensitive skin, and is particularly beneficial for reducing redness, inflammation, and skin conditions such as rosacea and eczema. Rose water also contains antioxidants that play a big role in controlling premature aging, fine lines, and wrinkles.

The Aloe Tonic on the other hand is made from Aloe Vera. Aloe is known to soothe and calm any skin reactions or irritations. If you had a long day under the sun, run straight to aloe vera,  packed with vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants that nourish the skin and support its healing process.

Step 3: Serum

Serums are essentially the combination of concentrated nutrients, hydrators, and antioxidants that treat and soothe the skin. The role of a serum is to treat a specific concern by penetrating deeply into the skin, provide nourishment, hydration, and repair, while also offering brightening, even-toning, and antioxidant protection. There are so many serums you can choose from, but you know we love to keep it simple with the most natural ingredients. 

We have 2 serums that you can benefit from: The Cure Clarifying Serum and the Vita-C Vitamin C Milky Serum. You can also get them as a set right here

The Cure Aloe Clarifying Facial Serum boosts your skin and keeps it hydrated, while also targeting those who have acne-prone skin. This serum will help regulate oil production, while also preventing breakouts, and treating acne and acne scars.

The Vita-C is a serum we like to incorporate in the morning to boost glow, and brighten the skin. The purpose of a vitamin C serum is to brighten the complexion, even out skin tone, and provide antioxidant protection against environmental damage.

Step 4: Eye Serum

After applying a layer of your serum, now comes treating the eye area. We always neglect that art of the routine, thinking that other products were applied there, but sometimes, products never really make it to the smallest parts of your face. This area is prone to various concerns such as fine lines, wrinkles, puffiness, dark circles, and dryness. So let's give it some love. 

Step 5: Moisturizer and/or Face Oil

You've properly heard it a million times. Don't forget to moisturize your skin. The role of moisturizer in skincare is to improve skin hydration, cover small skin fissures, soothe protective film and prevent skin friction. Moisturizers are formulated with ingredients like humectants, emollients, and occlusives, which work together to attract, seal in, and retain moisture in the skin.

At Babe Essentials, we love a good facial oil to seal your skincare routine, and we have one for each and every skin type. And no! A face oil doesn't make your skin greasy or oily, just listen to your skin and body. If it doesn't work for you, then don't use it. 

The Rescue for Oily, acne-prone and irritated skin

Wrinkle No More for those who want to take extra care of their fine lines

Multitasker for all skin types, especially those with dry skin.

Face oils as a protective barrier that works to lock all the ingredients you just applied to your skin so that they don’t evaporate quickly and leave the skin silky and smooth. The reason why face oil is applied at last is that the oil has a thick texture due to which no products can penetrate oil.

Step 7: Sunscreen on in the AM routine

Sunscreens are one of the most crucial parts of the skincare routine. However, often people remain confused about the application of sunscreen-they have questions like, “do you put moisturizer before sunscreen”, or “why is sunscreen applied after oil”, then here are the answers to all questions.

Yes, the moisturizer and face oil are applied before sunscreen because the role of sunscreen is to protect your face and combat external impurities. It acts as a barrier between the external world and your face. Although, there are many moisturizers and foundations available in the market with a considerable amount of SPF, the required level of SPF on our face is SPF 30.


To recap on the above... always listen to your skin. Everyone is different, but don't neglect your skin from powerful and natural ingredients. A consistent skincare routine can truly do wonders to your skin. Just remember the basic steps: Clean, Tone, Treat, Target, Moisturize. 

Here you can find 3 Skincare Routine Sets Formulated just for you.

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