Never put your skin care products on in the wrong order again

Oct 19, 2016 at 9:16 a.m. ET
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We all want to wake up with perfect-looking skin. Unfortunately, it just doesn’t happen overnight without a little bit of extra help. Great skin takes a few steps and the right skin-care products to have it looking its very best.

For your skin care and all its fancy ingredients to work its magic on your skin, you need to layer it correctly. The general rule is to start with clean skin and then apply your skin care starting with the thinnest product and letting each product absorb in between layers so that the products can work on the skin.

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First, you need to cleanse your skin. In the morning, simply wash your skin with your favorite cleanser or micellar water and blot it (never rub) it dry.

Your second step in layering is the most important step because this is where you will apply your treatment product, usually a primer. Your primer will contain all your anti-aging ingredients that will treat your skin's specific needs. You want to apply this to your cleansed skin, pat it lightly into your skin using your fingertips and let it absorb. Be generous with this product.

Next up is your eye cream. Be careful in applying eye cream and only it to the orbital bone and brow bone by gently tapping it on with your ring finger. Less is more when it comes to eye cream. You also want to let your eye cream absorb into your skin before moving on to your next step.

Your final layer is your moisturizer. It is super important to select a moisturizer with SPF in it, even during the winter or when staying indoors. A moisturizer will keep the skin properly hydrated throughout the day, and it will protect the skin from future sun damage. There are moisturizers made for different skin types, so make sure you choose one targeted toward your skin's need. Apply your moisturizer with your fingertips and pat it in (never rub) with an upward motion.

The difference between your daytime and nighttime routine is that you may want to use cleansing towelettes to remove makeup (this is so important at the end of the day) before cleansing, and you will obviously skip a moisturizer with sunscreen. Instead, look for a night cream or products targeted for nighttime use.

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This post is sponsored by Garnier SkinActive.

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