Victoria Beckham and Kim Kardashian's dermatologist reveals the exact order you should be layering your skincare products

Layer it up.

05 Mar 2018

You might splurge thousands of pounds on expensive lotions and potions to keep your skin looking radiant but if you're not using them properly, you may as well be throwing your money down the drain.

According to A-list dermatologist, Dr Lancer, who works with the Victoria Beckham and Kim Kardashian, skincare product layering is essential for healthy skin.


He told us: "Everyone has unique skin needs, and creating your own skincare 'cocktail' will give you the results you are looking for. Properly applying and layering products means better, more noticeable results in the long run. If you have been using a product and not seeing the results you were hoping for, you could be applying it at the wrong time of day, or in the incorrect order."

Luckily for layering phobes, Dr Lancer has shared the ultimate skincare layering guide with GLAMOUR UK.

Why you should be layering your skincare products

A bespoke at-home layering skincare routine is a good idea because there is no single product that has all the required components for skin restoration.

How to layer your skincare products

"My general recommendation is to apply your thinnest products first – any serums or liquid treatments," explains Dr Lancer. This way, he maintains, they can be fully absorbed by the skin before any heavier creams are applied. Serums or liquids can be followed by treatment creams, which ought to be followed by a moisturiser, which ultimately should be finished off with a sunscreen. Got all that?!

During the day, sun protection should always be the final step in your routine, even if you plan to wear cosmetics that have an SPF rating.

To recap: Serums or liquid treatments, moisturiser, sunscreen. Simple!

How to structure your daytime skincare regime

During the day, your beauty regime should focus on protecting your skin from harsh UV light and environmental aggressors, such as pollution. Dr Lancer insists that sun protection should always be the final step in your skincare routine, even if you plan to wear cosmetics that have an SPF rating. He also says that a treatment cream with powerful antioxidants is an excellent way to protect your skin in the day.

How to structure your nighttime skincare regime

Your nightly skincare regimen should follow the same order as your daytime regimen. Of course, there is no need for sunscreen at night, but some people enjoy the feeling of an extra rich night cream on top of their usual moisturiser. At night, your regimen should focus on rejuvenating and repairing the skin. Powerful anti-agers like retinol/retinoids (try Younger: Pure Youth Serum from Dr Lancer's range) and glycolic acid are best used at night due to their ability to increase photosensitivity in the skin.

It's OK to skip a day

Alternating days is most relevant when it comes to weather, climate and location. On more humid days you may want to cut back on the daytime application numbers because there’s potential for some skin congestion.’