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The Correct Order for Your Skincare Routine

Is skincare order confusing you? How to know when to apply moisturiser or toner? Does the skincare order make any difference? We'll share with you the correct routine and tell why it's important to follow the right order when applying your skincare products.

To get the most out of your skincare routine, it's essential to follow the correct order. The thumb rule is to start with thinner, water-based products and move to thicker oil-based products. If you start with the heavier oil-based products, they will block the lighter products from absorbing properly. This is simply because thinner products can't penetrate thicker products.

So let's begin. Here you see the exact order for your AM and PM skincare routines.

Koti Lifestyle | The correct skincare order for morning and evening skincare routine


Usually, in the mornings, your skin is not dirty and doesn't really need a proper wash. Just plain water or gentle micellar water should do the trick! You don't want to wash away the good oils off the skin or disturb the perfect pH balance that your skin has reached during the night.

In the evening, on the other hand, never skip cleansing your face. It doesn't matter whether you used make-up or not. For ingredients to properly absorb, you need clean skin that's free of oil and grime. Skip make-up wipes and harsh cleansing foams and choose gentler milks or oils that won't unbalance your skin and harm the barrier.


Use your toner to hydrate, both AM and PM! Toner can be packed in a spray bottle, which is handy, but regardless of that, you should always gently pat it onto your face. Never use cotton pads to apply toner! Pour a small amount of toner on your palm, rub your hands together and slowly and gently pat until it has fully absorbed - alternatively, you can spray the toner onto your face and leave it to absorb.

You can pat as many layers of toner on your face as needed - if this is the first time you are trying this method, don't worry, you'll soon learn to notice when your skin is saturated. The toner simply won't absorb and just rests on your skin.


Use serums to add hydration to your skin. They can be used both mornings and evenings. Serums are essentially just shots of extremely concentrated nutrients, hydrators, and antioxidants. Apply your serum after toning if they are water-based. Oil-based serums should be applied before facial oil. Like toners, the serum also should be patted onto your skin.


Moisturisers are a mix of oils and waters, so they fall in between toners, serums and oils. If your skin is in good condition, it necessarily doesn't need a moisturiser in the morning. On the other hand, we recommend applying moisturiser always in the evenings. Moisturiser is there for moisturising (obviously), but also to trap in all of the products underneath it to make the ingredients even more effective.

Eye Cream

Apply eye cream after or before moisturiser using either your ring finger or pinky to avoid too much pressure. You should apply eye cream both mornings and evenings.


Oils can easily penetrate moisturisers, serums, and treatments, but no products can penetrate an oil, so always apply them last. Oils have the same task as moisturisers. They are there to seal in all of the ingredients and moisture you just applied to your face and to keep them from evaporating. Oils are for every skin type, certain oils, like rosehip and jojoba, can decrease excess oil in acne-prone skin. In contrast, marula and aloe oils can soothe sensitive, easily irritated skin. Use facial oil, both AM and PM.


Applying SPF onto your face in the mornings is essential all year round. This will minimise premature ageing and other damage sunlight causes. Choose physical SPF over chemical one to reduce unwanted and harmful ingredients absorbing into your body.

Now, your skincare routine sorted, check our previous post about applying techniques to get the absolute most out of your skincare products!