The Glamour Guide to layering your skincare

When it comes to layering skin care, are you confused about when to put on what? New York City dermatologist Jennifer MacGregor, M.D., clears it up.

Start with a serum:
“For these liquids, gels, and milky treatments to be fully absorbed, they must be applied to clean, dry skin,” says Dr. MacGregor.

Next up, your sunscreen:
A chemical-based sunscreen should go on before lotion to do its thing. If you’re using zinc-oxide- or titanium- dioxide-based blocks as a UV shield, apply after your moisturizer.

Time for moisturizer:
Wait a few minutes after applying your serum and sunscreen (get dressed or brush your hair while you wait) before reaching for your favorite hydrator.

And now, eye cream:
Tap on eye cream (don’t rub!) with your ring finger in a circle around the eye, avoiding the lid. Once you’re fully layered, you can apply makeup.