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Order matters when it comes to skin care products
Order matters when it comes to skin care products

In a world of 10-step skin care routines, it can be hard to know when to use all those products cluttering your bathroom counter. Does moisturiser come before oil? And where does serum fit in?

“It’s very confusing to know how to apply and layer the variety of skin care products and ingredients that are currently available,” says paediatric dermatologist, Dr Sheilagh Maguiness.

You might be thinking, “Who cares?”

Well, you should. Your ingredients won’t work as well if you don’t apply them in the proper order, says Natalie Aguilar, aesthetician and dermatological nurse.

“Although the order of our daily skin routine can be confusing, especially in a five-plus step routine, it’s actually quite easy if you follow this simple rule,” she says. “Like a soup before a meal, your products should be applied from thinnest to thickest.”

But what happens if you use your products in the wrong order? We spoke with skin care experts to find out.

Here’s everything you need to know about the order you should follow when completing your skin care routine.