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It’s been a minute since I’ve answered your questions in my blog series You Ask, I Answer so let’s start with one that I’ve been getting a lot lately: what is the correct order to apply your skincare products and what is my routine?


In case you missed it I turned 40 in November of 2016. I’m still working on my tummy and this annoying back fat that came out of nowhere (I’m hoping to magically inherit Angela Bassett’s body) but my skin… she’s tight, like legit beyond dope. It’s been semi-dope since forever because…good genes, but somewhere in my 30’s I began to pay attention to the way my skin reacted to products and food (I don’t eat red meat for digestive reasons and it was messing with the texture of my skin) and it’s been paying off. 


I use the general skincare rule of “thin to thick”. Meaning you should be applying your products according to the consistency. So thin products first and then thicker products. Then I think about what I want to achieve from my routine, which for every one will and should change during seasons, breakouts, and climates. If I am having a breakout I will apply my acne treatment before my moisturizer so that it doesn’t have to work super hard to penetrate the areas that need work. There are so many nuances when we discuss skincare but to give you a starter guide here’s a step-by-step on the order you should be applying your skin care products.

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1. Cleanser


If you’ve been actively doing a nighttime routine, your skin won’t need much cleansing in the morning. Sometimes I just rinse my face with warm water and gently wipes out all of the eye boogers that crept up on me in my sleep. When I do opt for cleanser I go with Mario Badescu Enzyme Cleansing Gel. It has papaya and grapefruit extracts that have exfoliating alpha-hydroxy acids which help prevent build-up that can cause blackheads and pimples. You can also use a facial cleansing oil (see my faves here).

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  1. Al
    March 7, 2017 / 8:30 pm

    Thanks for this. I’ll definitely consider trying the toner. Great to know I should be applying from thin to thick. I am scrambling to figure out a consistent skincare now that I’m in my 30s

  2. March 22, 2017 / 3:01 pm

    Great post, Ty! Thin to thick is a great way to think about it. Usually that means the treatments go on first and things like thick moisturizers go on last and kinda seal the deal on those treatments too. I’d add that if you need two different treatments to combat different things, it might be best to use one treatment during the day and another at night, that way the treatments don’t have to fight with each other to get to your skin.

  3. May 23, 2017 / 9:01 am

    Hi Ty,
    That Paula’s Choice moisturizer got me so excited! At 31, I already see wrinkles on my forehead and the side of my eyes. I am definitely buying this one. Thanks for sharing!

  4. August 6, 2017 / 10:15 pm

    Cleanser than toner?! I never thought about that. I will definitely be trying that today. I noticed that you didn’t have a product for acne. Is that because the products that you use are good in preventing them?

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