Properly layering your skincare products is key to ensuring that they live up to their maximum potential. As Biossance Sales and Education Manager Hadeer Kherata explains, “When products are not layered correctly, skin tends to be dry, uneven, and can end up feeling greasy or sticky. Do it right and your skin will feel plump, hydrated, and supple.”
As important as this fundamental skincare knowledge is, we know it can be confusing. Below we’re sharing a complete AM and PM layering guide, plus tips from Kherata on how to master the essential act of layering.
MORNING LAYERING GUIDE
Step 1: TONER
Squalane + Hyaluronic Toning Mist
As a general rule, “you should always apply products from thinnest to thickest,” Kherata explains. That means liquids first and oils last (with the exception of sunscreen, which should always be applied last). When applied in this order, the products are able to absorb more effectively into the deeper layers of the epidermis. Thicker, heavier products are made of larger molecules and will not penetrate as deeply into the skin, so they should be layered on top to lock the thinner products in.
If you are typically one to skip cleansing in the AM in lieu of a splash of warm water, jump into your morning skincare routine with our hydrating toning mist. This fast-absorbing hyaluronic spray is the ideal morning pick-me-up and lays a solid foundation for radiant, hydrated skin.
Step 2: EYE TREATMENT
Squalane + Peptide Eye Gel
“Our eyes are very sensitive, so it’s important to apply your eye treatments first and then follow through with your face serum to avoid irritation,” Kherata says.
While both of our eye products can be applied morning and night, we particularly love using the Squalane + Peptide Eye Gel in the AM because the peptide-rich formula helps to instantly provide a well-rested look. The weightless gel helps to depuff sleepy eyes and reduces the appearance of dark circles.
When your eyes need a little extra love in the morning, you can also layer both of our eye products. Apply our eye gel first, then top with our Squalane + Marine Algae Eye Cream for additional hydration and lift. This is Kherata’s go-to move followed by our Squalane + Phyto-Retinol Serum.
Maximize efficacy and boost visible results by alternating between these two supercharged serums during your morning routine.
The Dark Spot Serum gives skin an immediate boost of brightening while treating dark spots and lingering hyperpigmentation over time with our revolutionary blend of vitamin C and white shiitake mushroom. It’s the perfect complement to our plant-based retinol alternative, bakuchiol.
“The beauty of bakuchiol, the main ingredient in the phyto-retinol serum, is that it delivers all the powerhouse benefits of retinol without any sun sensitivity, irritation, or dryness so you can use it in the morning,” Kherata says. This gentle yet powerful serum (suitable for even the most sensitive skin types) can help to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles while visibly firming skin.
Step 4: MOISTURIZER
Squalane + Probiotic Gel Moisturizer⠀
After specialized treatments, top with all-over hydration. Our weightless gel moisturizer quickly absorbs into the skin, providing a smooth, balanced complexion that’s perfectly prepped for any makeup you wish to apply. The probiotic-packed formula soothes, reduces redness, and even minimizes the effects of daytime stressors, making it ideal for morning use.
Step 5: OIL
Squalane + Vitamin C Rose Oil⠀
One of the most common questions about layering is when to apply facial oils. The answer: Oils should always be applied last in your layering routine unless you’re topping everything off with sunscreen. “Oils lock everything in–they seal in all the skincare,” Kherata says.
Our best-selling Squalane + Vitamin C Rose Oil gets the skin off to a glowing start in the morning with its hydrating, firming, and radiance-boosting benefits. You can also try mixing a drop of this oil with your foundation to boost glow and give makeup a dewy finish.
Step 6: SUNSCREEN
Squalane + Zinc Sheer Mineral Sunscreen
“Sunscreen is essential. Even if it’s raining outside, never leave your house without SPF,” Kherata says. This crucial AM product can only do its best work when applied as the final top layer in your skincare routine (but before makeup application). Our mineral-based, broad-spectrum sunscreen goes on super sheer, creating an invisible shield against harmful UVA/UVB rays without leaving any trace of a white cast. It is also reef-safe, keeping both you and marine life protected.
NIGHTTIME LAYERING GUIDE
Step 1: CLEANSER
Squalane + Antioxidant Cleansing Oil
This luxurious oil cleanser swiftly and efficiently takes the day off, removing daily dirt and debris and dissolving all traces of makeup. Squalane keeps the skin moisturized, while antioxidants defend against daily stressors.
Step 2: TONER
Squalane + Hyaluronic Toning Mist
This AM essential translates seamlessly into your nighttime routine. Spritz it onto a clean, dry face for a boost of weightless hydration.
Step 3: EYE TREATMENT
Squalane + Marine Algae Eye Cream
This decadent eye cream is all about delivering deep hydration. It expertly plumps the undereye area, reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, and helps to reveal a lifted look come morning.
Step 4: TREATMENT
Squalane + Lactic Acid Resurfacing Night Serum
Our best-selling lactic acid treatment is like an overnight magic trick for your skin. This formula gently exfoliates while you sleep, transforming the skin from dull to luminous in a single night. Apply it during your PM routine and wake up to noticeably smoother skin.
Step 5: MOISTURIZER
Squalane + Omega Repair Cream
This whipped texture moisturizer makes for the perfect nourishing, restorative overnight treatment. The lipid and ceramide-rich formula provide deep hydration that plumps, smooths, and sets you up for a healthy-looking, well-moisturized complexion in the AM and all throughout the next day.
Step 6: OIL
Squalane + Vitamin C Rose Oil
Our award-winning rose oil is the perfect grand finale to your evening skincare routine. It locks in all the nourishment from the products layered underneath while providing brightening, firming, and hydrating benefits of its own.
“All these steps may sound a lot, but in reality, they don’t take much time,” Kherata says. “The beauty of Biossance is that there is squalane in every product.” Because it’s an ingredient that is naturally found in the body, “our skin recognizes it and it absorbs it right away, leaving you with no wait time between steps.”