The world of skincare can be a complex one, with an overwhelming array of products and routines to choose from. From serums to moisturizers, eye creams to lipsticks, it can be hard to know where to start. But fear not, as we’ve compiled this guide using expert advice to help you create a simple and effective skincare routine order.

Before diving in, it’s worth noting that every individual’s skin is unique, so what works for one person may not work for another. It’s always recommended to patch test new skincare products to check for any potential adverse reactions.

Step 1: Cleansing

Cleansing is the most basic and essential step in any skincare routine. It removes every trace of dirt, excess oil, makeup, and environmental pollutants that can accumulate on your skin throughout the day or while you sleep. By keeping your pores free of these impurities, you reduce the likelihood of breakouts and other skin irritations.

When choosing a cleanser, it’s essential to consider your skin type. For dry skin, creamy, hydrating cleansers work best, while oil-free cleansers are ideal for oily skin types. If you have sensitive skin, look for a gentle, fragrance-free cleanser.

For a successful cleanse, start by wetting your face with lukewarm water. Apply your chosen cleanser, gently massaging it onto your skin in circular motions. This massage not only ensures the cleanser penetrates deeply to lift away dirt but also boosts circulation, giving your skin a healthy glow. Rinse thoroughly and pat dry with a clean, soft towel. Avoid rubbing your skin harshly, as this can cause irritation and even lead to wrinkles over time.

Step 2: Toning

Toning is the second step in your skincare routine, acting as a post-cleansing measure to ensure your skin is thoroughly clean and prepped for the products that follow. Toners help to remove any residual dirt or makeup that your cleanser may have missed, plus they restore your skin’s natural pH balance, which is typically disrupted after cleansing.

Toners can also help tighten pores, control oil production, and provide hydration. As with cleansers, the type of toner you choose should depend on your skin type. For instance, if you have dry or sensitive skin, avoid alcohol-based toners as they can be drying. Instead, opt for toners with soothing ingredients like aloe vera or chamomile.

To apply toner, soak a cotton pad and gently sweep it across your entire face, neck, and décolletage. You can also opt to pat in the toner with your hands if you prefer. After application, give it a moment to absorb before moving on to the next step in your skincare routine.

By properly cleansing and toning your skin, you create the perfect canvas for the rest of your skincare products, allowing them to absorb more effectively and work their magic.

Step 3: Serums

Serums are designed to deliver high concentrations of active ingredients directly into your skin. At this point in your routine, you’ll be introducing the Glow Recipe Avocado Ceramide Recovery Serum and the Glow Recipe Guava Vitamin C Dark Spot Serum.

The Glow Recipe Avocado Ceramide Recovery Serum is an excellent choice for anyone dealing with redness or sensitivity. It works to strengthen the skin’s barrier and hydrate the skin deeply, while also helping to soothe any irritation. Apply this serum in the morning after toning for optimal results.

In the evening, after cleansing and toning, you can apply the Glow Recipe Guava Vitamin C Dark Spot Serum. This serum is designed to tackle hyperpigmentation and promote a more even skin tone, thanks to its vitamin C-rich formula.

Step 4: Eye Cream

Next up, the RoC Hydrate & Plump Eye Cream. This hydrating and plumping eye cream is formulated with hyaluronic acid and collagen to smooth fine lines and wrinkles, making it a great addition to both your morning and evening skincare routines.

Step 5: Moisturizer

After you’ve cleansed, toned, and applied your serums and eye cream, it’s time to moisturize. Moisturizers are essential for hydrating the skin and locking in all the beneficial ingredients from your serums and creams. They also form a protective barrier on your skin’s surface to shield it from environmental stressors.

Choosing the right moisturizer depends on your skin type. Those with oily skin might benefit from lightweight, oil-free moisturizers, while dry or mature skin often requires a richer, more nourishing formula. For sensitive skin, fragrance-free and hypoallergenic moisturizers are often the best choice.

To apply your moisturizer, take a pea-sized amount and gently massage it into your face and neck. Always use upward strokes as pulling down on your skin can contribute to sagging over time. Your skin should feel soft, not greasy or overly tight, after application.

Step 6: Sunscreen

Sunscreen is arguably the most crucial step in your morning skincare routine. The sun’s UV rays are the leading cause of premature skin aging and skin cancer. Applying a broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of at least 30 every day, rain or shine, is the best defense against these damaging effects.

Even if your moisturizer or makeup contains SPF, it’s often not enough to provide the protection your skin needs. Therefore, a separate sunscreen is always recommended. Apply it as the final step in your skincare routine and before any makeup. Remember to cover all areas exposed to the sun, not forgetting your neck, ears, and the back of your hands.

Step 7: Face Mist

Face mists are a fantastic way to keep your skin hydrated and refreshed throughout the day. They’re especially useful in hot weather or in dry environments like air-conditioned offices. The Glow Recipe Watermelon Glow Ultra-Fine Mist is a great choice, with its ultra-fine spray that provides a burst of hydration without disturbing your makeup.

Face mists can be applied at any time of the day for a quick pick-me-up but adding them as the final step in your skincare routine helps set your makeup and add an extra dose of hydration. To apply, hold the bottle about an arm’s length away from your face and lightly mist your skin. Allow it to air dry for a few seconds before moving on with your day.

Remember, your skincare routine should work for you and your lifestyle. The key is to be consistent and give your products time to work. With the right products and routine, you’re well on your way to achieving healthy, glowing skin.