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Out of Order: You’re Layering Skincare All Wrong

FOREO skincare
Chances are, you use more than one product in your skincare routine. But are you using them in the correct order? Probably not. A full 12-step Korean skincare regimen may not be for everyone, but there is something to be said for following the correct skin care steps to achieve that dewy glow you desire.

Why Does it Matter?

If you want to make sure your skin is getting the full benefit of each product, it’s important to consider which products work well together, and which don’t (i.e. putting a moisturizer over a sunscreen may water it down and dilute the SPF). Plus, good skincare ain’t cheap, so you want to get all you can out of every purchase.

Steps to Success

So, how do you become a master of beauty layering? Here’s our definitive guide:


This is the first, and most important step in any skincare regimen. Use a cleanser suited to your skin type, and the LUNA 3  to remove dirt, oil and makeup residue. It is clinically proven that LUNA 3 removes up to 99.5% of dirt, oil, makeup residue, while also clearing out impurities trapped deep within pores.


As a general rule of thumb, you want to apply products in order from thinnest to thickest consistency. Toner has the consistency of water, so it comes first. Different toners provide different skin benefits, so choose one that’s right for you, but find a formula that’s alcohol-free, so it won’t dry out your skin.

Spot treatment

If you need to treat a few pesky blemishes, this is the ideal place in your skincare routine. Creams or gels are best applied at night, but the ESPADA blue light acne treatment can be used any time. Namely, ESPADA uses the dual power of laser-focused blue LED light and T-Sonic pulsations to blast blemishes out of existence. It is clinically proven to treat and heal acne-prone skin.



Serums are basically super-concentrated skin multivitamins - one a day keeps dull skin at bay! To get all those nutrients into your skin, apply your serum before any moisturizers that may act as a barrier and prevent absorption. Many serums contain active ingredients, so simply swiping it on may not release its true potential. The low-frequency pulsations of LUNA 3’s anti-aging side help to massage the product into your skin for maximum efficacy. Give it about 5 minutes to soak in before going on to Step 5.

Eye Cream

When it comes to aging, the eyes are the first to give you away, so taking care of the delicate skin around the eye contour is super important. Apply your eye cream before any moisturizer and use the FOREO's IRIS to help massage it in.


Even if you have oily skin, it’s important to re-hydrate after cleansing. So grab your favorite moisturizer, and apply generously.


By now, you know the importance of proper sun protection. Once all the other goodies have soaked in, slather on your sunscreen - and don’t forget your neck!

Skincare Routine Recap

Skincare Routine - Correct Order

Why do you need FOREO's devices?

Each FOREO device is a concentrate of innovation at the service of women's beauty. While LUNA 3, a ground-breaking device, clears your skin giving you a youthful glow and lasting effects, ESPADA helps you get rid of acne in a way that’s simple, effective and fast. And what about IRIS? Well, for brighter, younger-looking eyes, IRIS is a must-have accessory. Espada Luna 3 Iris FOREO

Benefits of LUNA 3:

  • Reduces the appearance of pores
  • Boosts elastin & collagen production
  • Smooths the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles
  • Improves absorption of skincare products 
  • Refines and unifies the skin’s tone for an even-looking complexion

Benefits of ESPADA:

  • Offers an improved quality of life via clearer skin, in the form of confidence and positive mental health
  • Effectively targets pimples, clogged pores and blackheads
  • Provides you a professional-level blue light acne treatment that is non-invasive, pain-free and simple to use
  • Decreases blemishes giving you more purified looking skin
  • Visible results after 1st use

Benefits of IRIS:

  • Improves absorption of eye creams or serum
  • Reduces the appearance of under-eye bags and dark circles
  • Helps you prevent the signs of aging
  • Leaves your eyes looking and feeling more refreshed instantly
  • Enhances the benefits of manual eye-contour massage




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Daisy Ho 21/09/2017

This is very similar to the korean 10 step skincare routine!!

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Sara 16/11/2017

Your tips are very helpful.Looking forward to read more from you on skin care and beauty tips.

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Ls 26/04/2018

Where does the UFO fit in? Do I use it in place of the above steps or in addition to?

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katiesteadman 02/05/2018

In reply to by Ls


Hi @Ls :) UFO fits in after cleansing and toning, and can be used both day and night.

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Bryan Albert 25/08/2018

Very helpful tips. Looking forward to read more of your articles.

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Louise 18/03/2021

When should I use the Espada, before or after moisturising?

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carly 19/03/2021

In reply to by Louise


Dear Louise, please use your ESPADA™ before moisturizing! Kindest regards :)

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Toula 21/07/2021

Where does the bear fits?
After toner and before ufo ?

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carly 21/07/2021

In reply to by Toula


Hello there, thank you for setting these interesting questions! Kindly note that we suggest you use your BEAR™ after a thorough cleansing, which we suggest you do with our LUNA™ as it cleanses your face deeply making sure no impurities are left. The BEAR™ must be used with a water-based serum - it should never be used on bare skin. Also, it is recommended that the treatment lasts only 1 minute and the device can be used once every 24 hours. After using the BEAR, proceed to use your UFO™. All in all, we suggest you first clean the skin properly, use the serum with the BEAR™, and finish your routine with a UFO™. Hope this helps! Have a pleasant rest of the week. Kind regards :D

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The Soorat 02/02/2022

thank you this is what i’m looking for


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