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It's been a minute since I've answered your questions in my blog series You Ask, I Answer so let's start with one that I've been getting a lot lately: what is the correct order to apply your skincare products and what is my routine?

In case you missed it I turned 40 in November of 2016. I'm still working on my tummy and this annoying back fat that came out of nowhere (I'm hoping to magically inherit Angela Bassett's body) but my skin... she's tight, like legit beyond dope. It's been semi-dope since forever because...good genes, but somewhere in my 30's I began to pay attention to the way my skin reacted to products and food (I don't eat red meat for digestive reasons and it was messing with the texture of my skin) and it's been paying off. 

I use the general skincare rule of "thin to thick". Meaning you should be applying your products according to the consistency. So thin products first and then thicker products. Then I think about what I want to achieve from my routine, which for every one will and should change during seasons, breakouts, and climates. If I am having a breakout I will apply my acne treatment before my moisturizer so that it doesn't have to work super hard to penetrate the areas that need work. There are so many nuances when we discuss skincare but to give you a starter guide here's a step-by-step on the order you should be applying your skin care products.

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2. Toner



Think of cleansing your skin as a two step process. It’s like taking a shot of vodka. You could do it alone but what’s the point in that. Grab that chaser and party the night away. Ok that was corny AF but you get my point right? A huge part of cleansing your face is pairing the right toner to your routine. I am in love with Fresh Umbrian Clay Purifying Facial Toner. It contains cinnamon bark and burnet root which extracts all the nastyness from your face to help clarify combination and oily skin types, and lavender floral water to tone and balance.



  1. Al
    March 7, 2017 / 8:30 pm

    Thanks for this. I’ll definitely consider trying the toner. Great to know I should be applying from thin to thick. I am scrambling to figure out a consistent skincare now that I’m in my 30s

  2. March 22, 2017 / 3:01 pm

    Great post, Ty! Thin to thick is a great way to think about it. Usually that means the treatments go on first and things like thick moisturizers go on last and kinda seal the deal on those treatments too. I’d add that if you need two different treatments to combat different things, it might be best to use one treatment during the day and another at night, that way the treatments don’t have to fight with each other to get to your skin.

  3. May 23, 2017 / 9:01 am

    Hi Ty,
    That Paula’s Choice moisturizer got me so excited! At 31, I already see wrinkles on my forehead and the side of my eyes. I am definitely buying this one. Thanks for sharing!

  4. August 6, 2017 / 10:15 pm

    Cleanser than toner?! I never thought about that. I will definitely be trying that today. I noticed that you didn’t have a product for acne. Is that because the products that you use are good in preventing them?

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