Out of Order: You’re Layering Skincare All Wrong

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How to Layer Skincare Products

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 2 to remove dirt, oil and makeup residue.


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.


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 2’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 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!

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Katie Steadman is a native Texan roaming Asia with a penchant for writing, and solving sudoku puzzles at breakneck speed.

7 responses to “Out of Order: You’re Layering Skincare All Wrong”

  1. Daisy Ho says:

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

  2. Sara says:

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

  3. Ls says:

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

    • katiesteadman says:

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

  4. Bryan Albert says:

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

  5. Louise says:

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

    • carly says:

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

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