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In Which Order Do I Apply My Skincare Products?

In Which Order Do I Apply My Skincare Products?

Do you feel like you need a Ph.D to research the best daily skincare routine? At La Suite, we believe in keeping it simple. It’s true that there are so many great skincare products today. But some are trendy and skippable, while some are essential, like our Non Negotiables (vitamin C, SPF, and vitamin A)

What really matters is building a targeted, easy-to-follow skincare routine that prioritizes your needs and helps you achieve your goals. “La Suite is not about overly complicated routines, unless that's your thing—we want you to get your beauty sleep!” says founder Rhea Souhleris Grous.

So what’s the best order for your morning and evening skincare routine? Read on, or skip to our at-a-glance infographic!

Why Does The Order of My Skincare Routine Matter?

The skin’s main job is to keep things out—and it does a good job, which is why it can be challenging to get all those beneficial, age-defying ingredients in.

 

“Order matters,” says Rhea. “We want to prep the skin and apply products in the right order so the ingredients can do their magic. Following a great at-home routine is critical to great results.”

 

How to Layer Your Skincare Products

La Suite’s general rule is to layer your skincare products like you would layer your clothing on a chilly day: thinnest to thickest. Think liquids to serums to creams. Serums with ingredients designed to penetrate the skin (like vitamin C and retinol) need to be applied closer to the skin in order to be most effective. Creams come next, followed by sunscreen, which is designed to lay on top of the skin.

 

Daytime Skincare, Step by Step

The AM routine is all about retaining moisture, nourishing the skin with vitamins and antioxidants and protecting the skin from the sun, pollution and other environmental damage you’ll encounter throughout the day. We’ve taken the guesswork out of it here! 

Step 1: Cleanser

In the morning, wash with a gentle face cleanser designed for your skin type. Use a wet washcloth to remove.

gel cleanser 

a Suite Skincare Lactic Acid Brightening Cream Cleanser
LA SUITE Skincare
For All Skin Types

Lactic Acid Brightening Cream Cleanser

$85.00

Step 2: Toner

If you’re thinking about skipping this step, think again. Rhea’s a huge fan of toner, and here’s why. Old-school toners were created to restore the skin’s pH after using harsh old-school soaps—but both toners and soaps have improved over the years. “Toners are not the end of cleansing, they’re the beginning of your skincare mission!” says Rhea. “They prep the skin for hydration, making it better able to absorb products. They can exfoliate, firm, balance the skin—or all three.” 

Here are La Suite’s top picks, based on your skin type:

FORLLE'D
For Dry Skin

Re-Dify Lotion

$146.00
FORLLE'D
For Normal Skin

Hyalogy P-effect Refining Lotion

$94.00
FORLLE'D
For Combination Skin

Hyalogy AC Clear Lotion

$90.00
ENVIRON
For Oily Skin

Botanical Infused Sebu-Tone Clarifier

$40.00

Step 3: Antioxidant Serum

Serums are targeted treatments with a light consistency designed to penetrate the skin, so they come next in your routine. For daytime, La Suite recommends antioxidant vitamin C, a La Suite non-negotiable. Not only are antioxidants the first line of defense against environmental damage and skin aging, but Vitamin C offers natural photo protection against UVA and UVB rays. Chosen based on your skin type and condition, these wonder products visibly even skin tone, soothe and support healthy collagen.

 

La Suite Skincare Vitamin C Brightening Antioxidant Serum
La Suite Skincare Vitamin C Brightening Antioxidant Serum  Open
LA SUITE Skincare
For All Skin Types

Vitamin C Brightening Antioxidant Serum

$165.00
The Exact Order of Your Routine
LA SUITE Skincare
For Sensitive Skin

Vitamin C + E + Ferulic Acid Soothing Antioxidant Serum

$165.00

TIP: Spot Treatment (if necessary)

We wish acne spot treatments were just for teenagers, but most of us struggle with occasional blemishes. When the need arises, for best results dot La Suite’s gentle but effective treatment just where you need it after cleansing and toning. If it’s a big blemish, treat it right after your toner. If it’s not so bad, apply spot treatment after serum and before moisturizer.

LA SUITE Skincare

5% Benzoyl Peroxide Acne Spot Treatment

$38.00

Step 5: Hydrating Serum 

The goal of this step is to add hydration to the skin with a water-based serum, so we can seal it in afterwards with a thicker oil or moisturizer. “Often clients are confused about the difference between hydrating serums and oils,” says Rhea. Oils do not increase water levels; they prevent water loss.” La Suite recommends these genius products:

LA SUITE Skincare
For All Skin Types

Tri-Peptide Hydrating Serum

$130.00

Step 6: Eye Cream

Eye cream deserves its own step: it’s formulated especially to hydrate and protect this delicate tissue as well as stay put and not migrate into the eyes. Eye creams can also firm the skin and address dark circles and puffiness—apply gently, and a little goes a long way!   

La Suite SkinCare Peptide + HA Firming Eye Cream
LA SUITE Skincare

Peptide + HA Firming Eye Cream

$120.00

Step 7: Moisturizer 

“Everyone needs a moisturizer—even if you have oily skin,” says Rhea. 

Yes, the skin produces its own oil (or sebum) to coat and protect the skin, but it’s often no match for damaging UV rays and environmental conditions. What’s the best time to apply moisturizer? Right now, while the skin is still damp from applying serums. Tailor your moisturizer to your skin type for best results.

GREENTEASOOTHINGEMULSION-SWATCH
La Suite Skincare Niacinamide Hydrating Cream
LA SUITE Skincare
For Normal Skin

Niacinamide Hydrating Cream

$155.00
LA SUITE Skincare
For Dry Skin

Volumizing Growth Factor Cream

$295.00
La Suite Skincare Azelaic Acid Soothing Cream
The Exact Order of Your Routine
LA SUITE Skincare
For Combination Skin

Azelaic Acid Soothing Cream

$175.00
LA SUITE Skincare
For Oily Skin

Green Tea Soothing Emulsion

$145.00

Step 8: Sunscreen

Sunscreen is the non-negotiable last step of your morning skincare routine. At La Suite, we recommend mineral sunscreen, which works by reflecting UV rays and is perfect for sensitive skin. Moisturizers and foundations that advertise SPF don’t contain enough to be effective. To protect your skin and the routine you’ve so carefully applied, don’t skip sunscreen. 

TIP: Apply a half-teaspoon of sunscreen of at least SPF 30 to the face (all the way to the hairline), ears, neck, and décolleté. Reapply throughout the day. 

Sheer Mineral Sunscreen+ SPF 40 Water Resistant
The Exact Order of Your Routine
LA SUITE Skincare
For All Skin Types & Tones

Sheer Mineral Sunscreen+ SPF 40 Water Resistant

$66.00

Or check out our full SPF assortment for a variety of shade and finish options.

TIP for darker skin tones: Make sure skin is well hydrated before applying SPF, whether sheer or tinted. Moisturized skin helps avoid a chalky cast from mineral sunscreen (which is really the best kind!).

Evening Skincare, Step by Step 

Your skin naturally repairs itself at night, so the La Suite PM skincare routine is designed around giving the skin what it needs to succeed. Now’s the time for retinol, the powerhouse in any skincare routine. Fine lines, sun damage, acne, dark patches, laxity: all these conditions are improved by regular retinol use. For best results, retinol should be accompanied by products and ingredients that make it more tolerable and effective. Here’s the ideal order of skincare application to do just that:

Step 1: Double Cleanser

A thorough PM cleanse is a La Suite must. “If you don’t completely remove the day’s makeup, sunscreen, pollution, and grime, you’re polishing a dirty floor,” says Rhea. At night, she recommends a double cleansing routine, which involves first using a cleansing oil or an oil-fortified cream cleanser, then washing your face again. “Oily skin types do not need to fear using an oil-based cleanser,” says Rhea. “In fact, it should be your best friend.” The key to using oil cleansers is proper removal with a wet washcloth. 

Select your second cleanser based on your skin’s current needs: repeat-cleanse with a creamy cleanser (La Suite’s Lactic Acid Cleanser is great for all skin types), or use a more targeted cleanser for issues like acne or clogged pores.

cleanser swatch 

First Cleanser

LA SUITE Skincare

Cold Cream Cleanser for Makeup Removal

$85.00

Second Cleanser    

a Suite Skincare Lactic Acid Brightening Cream Cleanser
LA SUITE Skincare

Lactic Acid Brightening Cream Cleanser

$85.00

Step 2: Toner

As in the morning, the first phase of your hydration routine is all about preparing the skin for the products to follow. 

FORLLE'D

Hyalogy P-effect Refining Lotion

$94.00

Step 3: Retinol (Vitamin A)

Why use retinol only at night? Vitamin A degrades when exposed to air, light, and heat, rendering it inactive. So save it for the evening, when your skin does the bulk of its repairing, restoring and regenerating as you sleep. Learn more about retinol, the powerhouse of your PM routine. Apply your retinol from the outside of the face, moving in towards the center. And don’t forget your nose!

 

LA SUITE Skincare

Retinol Serum

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$160.00

Step 4: Eye Cream

Maintaining if not improving the skin quality in the delicate eye area ensures that the eyelid skin does not easily become lax and lose its smooth appearance as we age. La Suite’s formulation includes retinol for enhanced repair.

LA SUITE Skincare

Retinol Night Repair Eye Cream

$160.00

Step 5: Moisturizer

Though it’s technically fine to use the same moisturizer for day and night, since La Suite incorporates retinol in every evening routine, Rhea recommends a simple night moisturizer that uses ceramides, hyaluronic acids, or squalane to reinforce the skin barrier. She also loves anti-inflammatory ingredients like green tea polyphenols for their soothing properties. If your skin is very dry, you may want to add a hydrating serum or even a face oil before applying your night cream. Since the PM routine is all about retinol, keep the rest simple.

LA SUITE Skincare
For Normal to Dry Skin

Squalane Nourishing Cream

$135.00
LA SUITE Skincare
For Combination to Oily Skin

Green Tea Soothing Emulsion

$145.00

The Best Order of Skincare Products

Skincare use doesn’t have to be a big question mark. There’s an ideal order in which to use your skincare products, and it’s in La Suite’s at-a-glance guide right here!  

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