With all of the cleansers, toners, serums, and more out there, your skincare routine can get seriously overwhelming. Figuring out the right order to apply your skincare products, so that they are the most effective, can be difficult. But after some help from my amazing facialist and a lot of research, here are the skin care tips that I live by.

The general rule is to layer your products from thin to thick. So, for example, your moisturizer goes last because it’s the heaviest. It’s also helpful to think of layering based on how effective you want each to be. Apply an acne treatment before moisturizer so that it doesn’t need to penetrate so many layers to do its job. Make sense? I would highly suggest stopping by your local Kiehls  store and getting tested for your skin type. I thought I was more of a normal skin type but it turns out that I was in need of hydration and had very dry skin. That was when I was able to talk with my skin care expert at Kiehls to find the correct products I should be using for a healthy, glowing skin.

Here is step-by-step guide to applying your skincare products, below.


1. Cleanser
Start your morning off with a gentle cream cleanser. Your skin doesn’t typically need much washing in the morning so you can even just splash it with water. If you do opt for a cleanser, Kiehls Ultra Facial Cleanser is gentle and perfect for a quick cleanse in the morning.

2. Toner
A cleanser can only do so much, so using a toner is a great way to finish off this first phase and assure all dirt and oils are wiped away. Just make sure to avoid harsh cleansers that contain alcohol. This Cucumber Herbal Alcohol Free Toner from Kiehls is what I use every day for my sensitive skin. I am also a fan of this toner because it’s a great starter toner if you’ve never used Kiehl’s products. I also like this one as well depending on my skin’s needs. The Blue Astringent Herbal Lotion is great for those of you with oily skin.

3. Serum (optional)
Next, it’s time to focus on any problem areas. Serums are a great solution to uneven skin tone, dull skin, fine lines, and more. I currently use the Hydro Plumping Re-Texturizing Serum to counteract my dry, dull skin.

4. Moisturizer with SPF
No matter what your skin type, it’s important to use a moisturizer that contains SPF daily. Kiehl’s is great for just about any skin type. I personally love this moisturizer. And if you need extra hydration, opt for something heavier like Kiehls Creme d’Elegance Repairateur.

5. Eye Cream
Apply eye cream last (after moisturizer). It’s really helpful to use an eye cream (no matter your age) because the skin around your eyes is different from the rest of your face. Try Kiehl’s Creamy Eye Treatment with Avocado or Kiehl’s Powerful Wrinkle Reducing Eye Cream if you want to focus on combating fine lines. I love both because they are a rich, thick eye creams that do not smudge makeup. Win win in my book!

Helpful tip: Make sure to allow enough time for all your products to fully absorb in the skin before applying the next product. It won’t help you any if you just throw everything on in five minutes. Great skin takes time, so wake up five minutes earlier and you’ll be thanking yourself in no time!


1. Cleanser
Start with cleanser, per usual, but opt for something stronger to really deep clean the dirt away from the day. I still love using the Ultra Facial Cleanser that I use in the morning. Its strong enough to get the dirt and grime off from the day. If you want something a little stronger, I’d suggest using the Rare Earth Deep Pore Daily Cleanser.

2. Toner
Toner is especially important at night to really wash away any impurities from the day. I’d use the same toners as I would earlier in the day.
3. Acne Treatment (optional)
Next, it’s most effective to apply any acne treatment right after you cleanse so that it’s closest to the skin. I love using Blue Herbal Spot Treatment which is amazing for on-the-spot treatments. For me I find that spot treatments work better than an overall face treatment. Also, many people will tell you that you have to dry out your acne in order for it to get better. Yes and No. Yes, using a drying lotion will help pull out the impurities but to help nurture your skin you’ll need to add oils to your skin to help balance your Ph levels.
4. Serum 
If you’ve applied an acne treatment, wait for it to dry before adding serum. I like to use Midnight Recovery Concentrate in the evening. It’s calming smells of Lavender and Primrose are to die for relaxing! I love this serum because in the morning, you wake up looking rested and energized!
5. Night Cream (optional) 
Now it’s time to apply your night cream—yes, this is different from your daily moisturizer. Night creams slowly absorb into the skin overtime and are super hydrating. The Panthenol Protein Moisturizing Face Cream is a great choice for all skin types. Depending on my skincare needs I skip this step and just use my serum and eye cream after I cleanse.
6. Eye Cream
Add eye cream after night cream, just as you did in the morning. However, I don’t use the same eye cream that I used in the morning, which you can, I just like a thicker eye cream at night. I just love the Midnight Recovery Eye cream because it reduces dark circles and fine lines.
7. Facial Oil (optional)
For those of you with dry skin, facial oils are my latest obsession. Gently pat the product into your skin when you’ve finished applying everything else. Using facial oils over time can really improve the state of your skin. You can use many different facial oils but I combine this step with my serum. I use the Midnight Recovery Concentrate which acts as a serum and a face oil.