Skincare Routine 101: The Right Order

Our last post in Skincare 101  is about tying all of the information from this series together to understand a complete basic regimen. Now that you’ve taken the time to learn what each of the different steps is for, it’s time to understand the most effective order of applying.

And while we know not everyone will use a 3-step routine, it’s helpful for anyone to understand where different skincare steps live in the order of things. And for those who are ready to expand, or even curious, remember that repetition becomes routine.


Cleansers are meant to remove dirt, environmental debris, and excess oil on the skin. It’s important to choose a product that cleanses without stressing or drying skin out. The style of cleansing product that’s best for you is based on the skin concern you have as well as the type of cleanser preferred.

You can read more about cleansers here.


Moisturizers act to soften skin, lock in the benefits of your treatment step, and create a barrier against moisture loss.

You can read more about moisturizers here.


Whatever number of skincare steps you take in the morning, SPF should be your last step (and if you wear makeup, apply before makeup). Sun protection is one of the most important steps to MADEWITH. If you do nothing else, protect your skin from the sunlight and electronic screen light (HEV). Protecting your skin from HEV is almost as important as fighting UV rays.

You can read more about Sun Protection here.

That wraps up our Skincare 101 series! Next we’ll move on to Skincare 102, where we aim to expand your education around other steps like toners, eye treatments, serums, and oils.

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