You’re Probably Applying Your Skincare Products In The Wrong Order

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When it comes to skincare, finding the right routine can make a huge difference to your skin—but how do we really know which routine is right for us? 

According to Jayde Taylor, a dermal clinician who goes by @drivenbybeauty on TikTok, it’s less about the type of products we’re putting on our skin and more about the order of products. 

And while skincare can be complicated enough without thousands of TikTok videos bombarding you with different ways to achieve amazing skin, we have a feeling you’re going to want to listen to what this one has to say. 

We explain below. 

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A dermal clinician reveals the correct order to apply skincare products. (Credit: @ninapark)

What is The Correct Order To Apply Your Skin Care Products? 

Jayde, who is a dermal clinician, posted a video about the correct order to apply products to TikTok after one of her followers asked her about where in her routine she should be applying hyaluronic Acid. It’s a question that almost all of us have wondered at one stage, and probably, think we now have the answer to.

However, Jayde’s answer might surprise you—according to the dermal clinician, almost “every video” she’s “ever seen of a skincare routine and the order in which you use your products has not been correct or specific.” 

Before you freak out about the order you’re currently applying your products, you should know that Jayde’s adjustments aren’t about overthrowing your entire routine but making some small changes—particularly when it comes to the order you apply your oil-based and water-based products. 

Jayde explains, after cleansing your skin in the morning, you should “go in with a mist,” which is a water binding ingredient for hydration. 

While the next step is a “vitamin C for oxidation”, Jayde emphasises that the rule is different if your vitamin C is water-based or oil-based. 

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Jayde says that everything you know about your skincare routine is wrong. (Credit: @drivenbybeauty)

According to Jayde, “we need to apply all the water-based products first before any oil or cream-based products.” 

This means that those with a water based vitamin C then can apply the product after the mist. 

However, those with an oil based vitamin C should wait, and apply their other water based or light, clear gel products first. 

“It’s time for hyaluronic acid and niacinamides: the clear gels,” Jayde says, “If you have a few of them, you can apply them based on thickness.”

When applying based on thickness, Jayde advises going from the thinnest to thickest product in order. 

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The order of application for oil based Vitamin C’s. (Credit: @drivenbybeauty)

Morning Skin Care Routine With Oil-Based Products 

This means that people with oil-based vitamin C products should follow the following steps: 

  1. Cleanse 
  2. Mist
  3. Hyaluronic acid/ niacinamide 
  4. Oil based Vitamin C 
  5. Moisturiser 
  6. SPF 
Vitamin c oil

Cosmedix BrillianCy Vitamin C Brightening Face Oil, $165 from Adore Beauty

La Roche-Posay Niacinamide

La Roche-Posay Niacinamide 10 Serum 30mL, $71.95 from Adore Beauty


Ella Bache Rose Hydration Mist, $42.00 from Adore Beauty

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The routine varies depending on your skin type and what product you have. (Credit: @drivenbybeauty)

Morning Skin Care Routine With Water-Based Products 

Alternatively, those with a water-based vitamin C product should follow the steps below: 

  1. Cleanse 
  2. Mist 
  3. Vitamin C 
  4. Hyaluronic acid/niacinamide 
  5. Moisturizer 
  6. SPF 
vitamin c

Brightening Vitamin C Serum, $59.00 from Go-To Skincare

Hyaluronic Acid

The Ordinary Hyaluronic Acid, $14.30 from Adore Beauty


Thermal Spring Water Dace Mist, $19.00 from La Roche-Posay

Night Skincare Routine With Oily And Dry Skin 

According to Jayde, the same rules apply for your night time routine as well—but with different products.

If you have oily skin, then add a toner and then a retinol after your cleanser, and if you have dry skin then add essences, gels and retinol oil after your mist. 

From there, say hello to your dream skin. 

Paula's Choice

Skin Balancing Pore-Reducing Toner, $25.60 from Paula’s Choice 


BOOST LAB Retinol Night Renewal Serum, $29.95 from Adore Beauty

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