What Order Should You Apply Your Daytime Skincare Routine?

When an individual buys a new skincare product, one of the most common questions they have is, “Where does this fit into my daytime skincare routine?”. While maintaining a routine can feel like a daunting challenge, knowing what order you should be applying your products can make all the difference. 

Why Does Sequence Matter?

When it comes to applying skincare products, the order in which you apply them matters. You want your skin to be able to soak up the benefits of each product. Applying them in an improper order can disrupt this process. You may be wondering which products can go on top of which. As a rule of thumb, you will want to apply the thinnest products inconsistency first and work your way towards the thicker products. This is because serums and liquids penetrate into the skin, while moisturizers sit on top of the skin. The morning is all about protecting your skin from the sun and dirt that can collect throughout the day. Heavier treatments should be left for your nighttime routine. 




When you wake up in the morning, you will want to start your skincare routine with a face cleanser. The type of cleanser may depend on your skin type, but using a gentle skin cleanser is always recommended. Activate the cleanser by using warm water. After you have thoroughly cleansed your face, rinse off the cleanser. Your daily morning skincare routine should always begin with a cleanser. 

Suggested cleansing products include: 

NazarianSkin Clear 1


Alastin Gentle Cleanser


Revision Skincare Papaya Enzyme Cleanser



Toners are often misunderstood. Although toners from the past used to slightly irritate the skin, the new generation of toners help with the delivery of antioxidants to the skin. You will find that there are different facial toners for different skin types, as well as different skin concerns. So, you will want to choose your toner accordingly. Face toners are not always a required step but can help balance the skin’s pH. Beware of alcohol-based toners, as these can become over-drying to the skin. 

Suggested toner products include:

NazarianSkin Soothe


Revision Skincare Soothing Facial  Rinse


Hyaluronic Acid

Hyaluronic acid is also known as hyaluronan. It is a clear gooey substance that our bodies naturally produce. Typically, this acid is found on the skin, connective tissues and eyes. It maintains water within your tissues to help keep them well lubricated and moist. Hyaluronic acid can make the skin more supple and we recommend it to all skin types. 

Suggested hyaluronic acid products include:

NazarianSkin HA Boost


Skinceuticals Hyaluronic Acid Intensifier (H.A.)


SkinMedica HA5 Rejuvenating Hydrator



Serums are heavier and nutrient-dense that help individuals who are experiencing specific concerns. There are many different types of serums that someone could choose to use. It is best to decide on a skin serum that would benefit your skin type. 

Suggested serum products include: 

Skinceuticals C E FERULIC


NazarianSkin Brighten


iS Clinical Super Serum Advance +



Every skin type needs moisture, even oily skin. If you want to learn more about creating a skincare routine for oily skin check out our blog. The daily effects of the sun and weather can harm any skin type, so every skin type will need to be repaired. The goal of the moisturizer is to lock in moisture. So, it is best to apply moisturizer while your skin is slightly damp. This could be directly after you have applied your serum. 

Suggested moisturising products include: 

Skinceuticals Triple Lipid Restore 2:4:2


NazarianSkin Pigment Correct


Sente Dermal Repair Cream



Protection from the sun is essential. For this reason, sunscreen needs to be implemented into a daily routine. It is recommended that those who are utilizing chemical sunscreens look for ones that have moisturizing or antioxidant benefits.  For those with melasma, physical sunscreens are recommended. Physical sunscreens contain zinc and titanium so it is easy to tell them apart from chemical sunscreens. Check out our blog to learn more about creating a summer skincare routine

Suggested sunscreen products include: 

Alastin Skincare HydraTint Pro Mineral Broad Spectrum Sunscreen


EltaMD UV Clear SPF 46


Your skin is unique to you. So, it is important that you listen to what your skin needs and pay attention to how your skin handles certain products. This will help you to maintain a quality routine and keep your skin healthy. Remember, if you are using a treatment such as Cyspera (Formerly Cysteamine Cream), you may have to apply it separately. 

Are you looking for a daily skincare routine for glowing skin? Check out our blog where you will find articles written for specific skin types, such as best sincare for acne, aging skin, or skincare for rosacea

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