What's the Correct Order of Skincare

What’s the Correct Order of Skincare?

TL:DR Summary

  • Start Clean: Begin with a cleanser to prep your skin.
  • Tone Wisely: Apply toner to balance and refresh.
  • Essence for Glow: Use essence to enhance skin’s radiance.
  • Serum Secrets: Target specific concerns with serum.
  • Moisturize Deeply: Hydrate and lock in moisture.
  • Protection is Key: Finish with sunscreen during the day.
The table presents a clear comparison of five key skincare ingredients—Retinol, Hyaluronic Acid, Niacinamide, Vitamin C, and Salicylic Acid—highlighting their sources and main benefits, such as enhancing skin texture, retaining moisture, brightening complexion, and combating aging and acne.
The Science Behind Popular Skin Care Ingredients


Skincare routines are gaining awareness among people in the aesthetics world. I personally observed this during my time at Wellaholic in Singapore and Laser Clinics Australia. It’s not just about the products you use; it’s also about when and how you use them.

I get asked all the time, “What’s the correct order of skincare?” and my answer always starts with, “Well, it depends on your skin type and goals, but there are some general guidelines.”

Let me break it down for you, sharing what I’ve learned and observed from countless customer interactions and my ongoing research into skincare best practices.

Whether you’re a skincare novice or a seasoned enthusiast, getting the sequence right can make a huge difference in your skin’s health and appearance.


Mastering Your Skincare Routine: A Pro’s Guide to Layering Products

As an Aesthetic Director with over ten years in the industry, I’ve learned that the sequence of applying skincare products varies depending on your skin type. Many online articles provide generic advice without considering that the writer may have completely different skin needs than the reader. For example, dry and sensitive skin often doesn’t require a toner, and facial oils aren’t suitable for everyone.

When layering products, I recommend starting with thinner, water-based formulas, followed by thicker, oil-based ones. In the morning, always finish with SPF or sunblock to protect your skin from UV damage. It’s a simple guideline I share with my clients at Wellaholic.

Throughout my career, I’ve created cheat sheets to help customers remember the proper skincare application sequence for their skin type. Personalizing your routine based on your unique needs is key to achieving the best results. Feel free to ask me if you need help figuring out the ideal regimen for your skin!

Next, apply a vitamin C serum. These antioxidant-rich serums provide an extra layer of protection against pollution and environmental damage. Follow with a hydrating serum if your skin needs an added moisture boost.

Daytime Skincare Routine

As an aesthetic expert, I always emphasize the importance of a proper daytime skincare routine. It not only prepares your skin for the day but also protects it from environmental stressors.

Start by cleansing your face with a gentle cleanser and lukewarm water. This step removes impurities and prepares your skin for the next steps. While some debate the necessity of toners, I recommend using one, especially if it contains exfoliating acids like AHAs or BHAs. These can help remove any remaining dirt and grime.

Next, apply a vitamin C serum. These antioxidant-rich serums provide an extra layer of protection against pollution and environmental damage. Follow with a hydrating serum if your skin needs an added moisture boost.

After serums, moisturize with a product suited for your skin type – whether dry, oily, or combination. This step locks in hydration and nourishes your skin.

Finally, never skip sunscreen. Apply a broad-spectrum SPF moisturizer or sunscreen daily, especially if you use active ingredients like acids or retinol in your routine. Sun protection is crucial for maintaining healthy, youthful skin.

By following this simple routine, you’ll give your skin the care it needs to look its radiant best throughout the day.

Nighttime Skincare Routine

As an Aesthetic Director with over a decade of experience, I’ve helped countless clients achieve their best skin. A proper evening skincare routine is crucial for maintaining healthy, glowing skin.

Start by removing makeup and cleansing away the day’s dirt and grime. Double cleansing is a great option for a thorough clean. Use a gentle cleanser and a soft muslin cloth or flannel for best results.

If you’re using a mask, apply it after cleansing, about twice a week. Follow with the rest of your usual skincare routine. When using retinol, a powerful ingredient, swap out any acid-containing products to avoid reactions. Retinol can also increase sun sensitivity, so always apply it at night and use SPF the next morning. Introduce retinol slowly, starting with a low concentration, and consider skipping acids altogether on retinol nights. Apply treatment serums first, followed by exfoliating serums containing ingredients like glycolic acid.

Finish your evening routine with a moisturizer or facial oil suited for your skin type. This final step seals in all the beneficial ingredients and hydrates your skin overnight.

Remember, consistency is key. Stick to your routine, and you’ll see the results – healthier, more radiant skin that looks and feels its best.

With over 8 years of experience in the aesthetics industry, I am passionate about enhancing beauty and wellness through innovative, science-based approaches. As the Aesthetic Director at Wellaholic, I am committed to delivering exceptional services that are tailored to each client's unique needs. My expertise spans across advanced skincare treatments, body sculpting, hair removal services, and nutritional supplements, all aimed at helping clients achieve their personal best.

Serene Chiam, Aesthetic Director

Serene Chiam is the Aesthetic Director at Wellaholic, a well-known aesthetic chain in Singapore. She has more than ten years of experience in the aesthetics industry. With a Bachelor of Health Science (Aesthetics) and CIDESCO certifications, she expertly combines scientific knowledge with practical skills. Serene is known for her personalized approach to beauty, ensuring each Wellaholic client’s journey is unique and transformative. Her significant contributions have been pivotal in establishing Wellaholic’s reputation for excellence in aesthetic wellness.

Contact Serene at [email protected]

Wellaholic – Our Vision and Brand Promise

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Wellaholic Vision and Brand Promise

At Wellaholic, we have a clear vision and brand promise that drives our dedication to helping customers look their best and achieve their aesthetic goals. We strive to provide exceptional service, foster a positive community, and empower our customers to prioritize self-care and embrace a healthier, happier lifestyle.

Wellaholic – Our Value Proposition

1. Affordable Prices. Always

By locating Wellaholic’s outlets close to MRT stations within the city but not at a posh shopping centres which requires us to pay exorbitant rents, Wellaholic is able to pass our savings back to our customers.
Wellaholic conducts periodic surveys to benchmark against our competitors to keep our prices competitive and affordable for our customers.
  • Economical Excellence. Wellaholic maintains affordability through low costs, offering unlimited pricing packages to customers.
  • Smart Locations. Wellaholic places outlets near city MRT stations, avoiding high rents and passing savings to customers.
  • Competitive Insight. Through periodic surveys, Wellaholic ensures its prices remain affordable and competitive.

2. Highly Trained Staff

Wellaholic’s friendly staff are skilled and experienced.
CIDESCO, Beauty Therapy & Salon Management, WSQ for Facial Treatments, etc.
At Wellaholic, all new staff must undergo an intensive training routine before they can treat customers.
Wellaholic holds regular training audits to ensure a high consistency of treatments, for both Asian skin and Caucasian skin types.
  • Commitment to Quality. Wellaholic continually trains staff, ensuring consistent, high-level service.
  • Expert Team. Wellaholic’s friendly staff boasts extensive skills and experience, including CIDESCO and WSQ qualifications.
  • Inclusive Excellence. Regular training audits at Wellaholic ensure consistent, high-quality treatments for all skin types.

3. Easy Online Booking

Never need to wait in line at Wellaholic.
With Wellaholic’s incredible booking system, you can easily choose and book the slot that you prefer, 24/7.
Select your preferred outlet and consultant, as well as your preferred service, at the click of a few buttons.
  • Efficient Scheduling. Wellaholic’s advanced booking system enables real-time tracking of customer appointments.
  • No-Wait Convenience. Wellaholic’s efficient booking system offers 24/7 access to schedule your preferred slot.
  • Easy Customization. Choose outlet, consultant, and service with a few clicks for personalized Wellaholic experience.

4. Multiple Convenience Locations

Wellaholic’s outlets are located within 5 minutes by foot from the various MRT lines.
Wellaholic ensures that our outlets serve multiple train lines to make it easy for our customers to get to us.
Wellaholic will continue to expand to ensure high availability of capacity for our customers’ needs.
  • Convenient Expansion. Wellaholic will keep opening outlets in strategic locations, catering to customer convenience.
  • Accessible Proximity. Wellaholic outlets are within a 5-minute walk from multiple MRT lines for easy accessibility.
  • Expanded Capacity. Wellaholic’s ongoing expansion guarantees ample availability to meet customer demands effectively.

5. We are Open Everyday

Wellaholic understands that our customers sometimes need to have their treatments done only after work.
Wellaholic also recognises that some of our customers are only free during weekends. With this in mind, Wellaholic aims to be open almost everyday.
  • Convenient Hours. Wellaholic operates from 11AM to 10PM on weekdays and 11AM to 8PM on weekends and holidays.
  • After-Work Flexibility. Wellaholic acknowledges the need for treatments after work, accommodating customer schedules accordingly.
  • Weekend Availability. Wellaholic understands customers’ weekend constraints and strives to open almost every day to accommodate them.

Reason 1: Wellaholic’s Unlimited Plans Save You Money

  • Unlimited Hair Removal. Wellaholic offers unlimited hair removal plans with unlimited shots.
  • Pay One Price for All Body Parts. Customers pay one price for unlimited hair removal on all body parts.
  • Huge Cost Savings. Huge cost savings with unlimited plan. No separate fees for different body parts.
Wellaholic Awards over the Years

Reason 2: Wellaholic Has Over 50 Awards and 2000 Genuine Customer Reviews

  • Over 50 Awards. Wellaholic’s treatments have been recognized by top beauty publications such as Daily Vanity, Beauty Insider
  • Over 2000 Verified Customer Reviews. Wellaholic has over 2000 positive reviews from customers around the world.
  • Over 50% Repeat Customers. More than 50% of Wellaholic’s customers are repeat and recurring customers.
Why it is easy to book an appointment at Wellaholic

Reason 3: It’s Easy to Book an Appointment at Wellaholic

  • Open 361 Days Per Year. Wellaholic’s 8 outlets are open 361 days a year, including public holidays for easy bookings.
  • No Queues. Book appointments in advance to avoid long wait times.
  • Easy Online Booking. Customers can conveniently book and reschedule appointments online.
  • No Extra Cost for Choosing Consultant. Customers can choose their preferred consultant for free.

What’s the Correct Order of Skincare

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