Step-By-Step: Our Guide to the Perfect Morning Face Routine Order

Your morning face routine order sets you up for a great day and great skin. People often ask about the best sequence for using their skincare and cosmetics in the morning. 

We hope this guide helps. Remember, skincare is highly personal depending on your skin type, issues, lifestyle, age, and personal preferences. You may not need every type of product described, but if you do, you will know where to fit them in your routine best.

Morning Skincare Sequence


Start the day with clean skin. Cleanse away the sweat and residue from your evening routine using a cleanser formulated for your skin type. Choices include hydrating, water-based, and gel cleansers. If you use a lot of moisturizers and other products. 

That is why they are often recommended for people who use waterproof makeup and sunscreen as part of their evening face routine.


Depending on your skin type, you may also benefit from a toner. Some people also simply love the feeling of toner. Toners may be slightly astringent to remove excess oil from an oil-based cleanser or if you happen to have oily skin. Others may prefer a lightly moisturizing formulation, especially if they feel like their cleanser is slightly drying or they just want a little boost.

Spot Treatments and Serums

If you use serums and spot treatments, they will follow cleansing and toning. Like many other people, you use more than one talk with your skin care specialist about timing. The specific order within this step would depend on the specific products. Whether you use a topical serum or acne cream, you would apply it now and give it a minute or two to set in.

Please follow any special instructions from your skin care specialist or the product label. Some serums are only appropriate for your nighttime. skin care routine, such as retinol, due to the photosensitivity of the product and how it reacts with your skin.

Eye Cream

If you use eye cream, you should generally apply it before applying your primary moisturizer. Some people wonder why anyone uses a separate eye cream. It may help to remember that the skin around the eyes is thinner and more delicate than the skin on the rest of your face. Also, since this skin is close to your eyes, you may want to be careful not to use any products that would potentially irritate the eyes on this skin. Some of today’s powerful serums and moisturizers have active ingredients you may want to keep away from the eyes.

The skin around the eyes also has its special cosmetic needs. Dark circles, fine lines, puffiness, and bags are just a few of these concerns. If you have any of these common issues, you may prefer an eye cream formulated to treat or reduce the appearance of bags, dark circles, and puffiness. In other words, most people prefer a separate eye cream because the sensitive skin around their eyes has its own set of needs.

Some daytime eye creams also include non-irritating sun protection. Eye products are not always a cream; some are more of a gel.


A good moisturizer hydrates your skin and is matched to your skin type. Some people have dry skin and prefer a rich moisturizer, while others with oilier skin prefer a light formulation. Because of this, you find quality moisturizer products in the form of a cream, lotion, liquid formulation, or gel.

Also, sometimes moisturizers are combined with other treatments like sunscreen. If your moisturizer and sunscreen combine, you will have one less step in your process.

SPF or Sun Protection

We advise everyone to wear a broad spectrum of sunscreen throughout the day, even when it is cloudy. A broad spectrum means it protects against both UVA and UVB light. The sun is the top cause of premature aging. A good sunscreen helps protect you from premature aging, freckling, hyperpigmentation, skin cancer, and sunburn.

In fact, The American Cancer Society recommends that you use a broad spectrum sunblock rated SPF 30 to protect your skin against some types of skin cancer.

Generally, effective sunscreen is divided into two categories – chemical and physical. Chemical sunscreen is absorbed into your skin and protects your skin by absorbing UV and releasing the rays away from your body. Physical sunscreen sits on top of your skin and reflects the sunscreen away from it. When you apply sunscreen depends on the type of sunscreen used.

Read the instructions on your sunscreen since, for some products, you may want to apply them before moisturizer and makeup. For example, you may want to apply a chemical sunscreen earlier in your routine when you don’t have other products like moisturizers that may hinder absorption. Many chemical sunscreens also include moisturizers in their formulation, so depending on your hydration needs, you may be able to use just one product.

Apply any Cosmetics

If you wear makeup, you will apply them after your moisturizer and sun protection have a chance to settle. Many foundation and concealer products also contain sunscreen, often physical sunscreen. If you use both a moisturizing sunscreen with a chemical sunscreen and a physical sunscreen, you will enjoy a little extra protection.

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The best morning face routine order varies by your unique needs, so consulting with a professional and purchasing quality products can ultimately save money while delivering better results. Too often, people try every budget or department store product after seeing an ad or a post from their favorite Instagram or Tik Tok influencer.

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