What Order Should You Apply Your PM Skincare Routine In?

by ModaMob
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10 Minutes

In this PM skincare routine, we’re going to show you the order of application you should be applying to your 8-10 step skincare routine, so you can wake up feeling refreshed and more hydrated.

Of course you don't have to have 8-10 steps in your routine! But this tutorial will help you know what order to apply everything you do use. Let's get into it.

Tools and materials:

  • Oil cleanser
  • Gentle cleanser
  • Targeted serums
  • Eye cream (optional)
  • Spot treatments 
  • Moisturizer
  • Retinol
  • Face oil
  • Lip moisturizer
Double cleansing

1. Double cleanse

No matter how tired you are, always wash your face at night. You can skip your morning skincare routine but never skip your night-time routine.

You should be doing a double cleanse to get all of the makeup, SPF, gunk, and the rest of the day’s impurities out of your skin.

Your first cleanser should be oil-based to remove makeup. Your second cleanser should be gentle with no active ingredients to remove everything missed.

Applying serum

2. Apply serums

It’s important to put your serum on right after you wash your face.

Serums have concentrated active ingredients that get absorbed into your skin well when it’s clean.

Serums are used to treat discoloration, dullness, and fine lines.

Applying eye cream

3. Apply eye cream 

A lot of people have been going against eye creams lately because realistically, you can use the rest of your skincare under your eyes.

After all, it’s still your skin! If you want to use eye cream for your dark circles, this is the time to use it but you can skip it altogether.

Applying spot treatments

4. Do spot treatments

If you’re acne-prone, this is where your acne treatment comes in.

I have oily acne-prone skin, so I do spot treatments on my very visible pimples.

Applying moisturizer

5. Moisturize

If you have oily or dry skin, this is where your targeted moisturizer comes in. For oily skin, opt for water-based moisturizer.

Applying retinol

6. Apply retinol

Retinol is important because it improves the collagen in your skin over time.

Your skin can be really sensitive to retinol if you’re trying it for the first time, so don’t use it every day.

Start by using it three times a week until your skin builds up a tolerance to retinol and retinoids.

Retinoids are one of the only products scientifically proven to reduce fine lines. 

Adding face oil

7. Apply face oil

Face oils act like a barrier for your skin and it’s going to allow all of the products you’ve put on to soak in your skin while you’re sleeping.

It hydrates your skin and it’ll continue to work in the morning, making it a great closer product.

Hydrating lips

8. Hydrate your lips

Don’t forget to moisturize and hydrate your lips to prevent early fine lines. 

Glowing skin after PM skincare routine

PM skincare routine

Some of these tips can even carry over to both your AM and PM skincare routine.

Let me know what your skincare routine is in the comments below!

Next, check out these 5 Easy Face Yoga Face Exercises for Impressive Before & After Results.

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  • Oil cleanser
  • Gentle cleanser
  • Targeted serums
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  • ManuelMcmillan ManuelMcmillan on Mar 14, 2024

    It's great to have a clear guide on the order of application for different products.

  • HadleyHuynh HadleyHuynh on Mar 14, 2024

    Thanks for sharing this helpful PM skincare routine. Personally, I've found that following a consistent routine like this has made a noticeable difference in my skin's hydration and overall appearance. And even if I don't have 8-10 steps, knowing the correct sequence ensures that each product can work its magic effectively. On a related note, if you're interested in refreshing and revitalizing more than just your skin, I recently came across a life coaching program that focuses on helping you feel more vibrant and energized.