Here's How To Layer Your Skincare Properly | Clozette

Look — we know that skincare can be complicated, what with the popularity of serums and essences, the benefits of retinol and squalane, and the seeming ubiquity of face oils. It’s complicated — or so it seems. With many products to use, it can be quite confusing to know which one goes after what. So here's a nifty guide you can refer to when it comes to layering your skincare products.


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There are two cardinal rules in skincare: always remove your makeup and always wash your face. Let’s start with the AM routine — do absolutely nothing. Your skin does not produce as much oil while you’re sleeping so unless you have oily skin, rinsing with water is enough to start the day. For oily skinned gals, choose a gentle cleanser like the Shiseido Refreshing Cleansing Water for a few quick swipes in the morning with a cotton pad for a fresh face.

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Night time, however, is a different story. Even if all you wear is sunscreen, cleaning off that layer of SPF is as important as removing a full face of makeup because it will prevent your skin from being properly cleansed. Micellar water will do the trick nicely. Follow it with a hydrating cleanser like the Fresh Soy Cleanser that won’t strip the natural oils from your skin as it cleans.



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Whether you’re into a moisturising toner or one that gently exfoliates, this step helps to remove any impurities and debris that may be left behind, and preps the skin for better absorption of other products. We’ve been trying out the Dr. Jart+ Water Fuse Hydro Toner to moisturise and exfoliate, while it soothes and calms the skin; we think you definitely should too.


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At this point, your skin is prepped and primed for maximum absorption, making it the best time to apply a serum, which is basically a supercharged shot of nutrients, vitamins, hydrators, and antioxidants that your skin will love. The Laneige Water Bank Hydro Essence is perfect for this job because it contains ingredients that will circulate long-lasting moisture while strengthening the skin’s natural barrier to seal in hydration while you sleep.


Eye Cream


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The most delicate skin on your face is around the eyes, and this requires special care with products like the Sunday Riley Auto Correct Brightening and Depuffing Eye Contour Cream. This little bottle of magic is filled with caffeine and Brazilian ginseng extract to brighten you up, while cocoa and shea butter plump the skin. But do remember that diligence in application is necessary to look awake and energised at all times.

Spot Treatments

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Breakouts show up at the worst possible time, so keep a bottle of the Boscia Charcoal Spot Corrector on your vanity to keep those pesky pimples at bay. The activated black charcoal makes it super easy to say goodbye to irritation, blemishes and impurities, but take heed – only apply on affected areas or risk drying out your whole face.



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Ah, our favourite part of the regimen moisturising. We love how silky soft the skin feels after applying a generous amount of product, day or night. Before you leave the house, pick a lightweight moisturiser such as the Caudalie Vinosource Moisturizing Sorbet, with its antioxidant-rich formula and its fun, whipped texture. 

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For the night, you’re going to need something stronger to tide you over until the morning. Choose something more luxurious like Tatcha’s Luminous Dewy Skin Night Concentrate, which contains red algae from mineral-rich Japanese waters. It works overnight to hydrate and plump the skin.


Face Oil


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We couldn’t leave out face oils from this guide thanks to its sudden rise in popularity. An excellent gateway product to this step would be the Skyn ICELAND Arctic Face Oil that is lightweight and yet packed with nourishing ingredients to repair and balance your skin’s barrier and lock in the moisture. 


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As the final step of your daytime routine, keep your face fresh and protected with the Anessa Perfect UV Sunscreen Skincare Milk. It dries matte, doesn’t leave a sickly white cast and you can even opt to skip moisturiser as this sunscreen acts as a sweat-proof and smudge-proof moisturising suncare product – perfect for layering under makeup.


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I have a confession: as much as I am obsessed with skincare, I feel like when it comes to my hair, I am clearly lacking. Back when I was younger, my mum would always have my hair cut to a bob and because of that, I never really appreciated the style as much. So when I was finally at an age when I can decide whether I'll let it grow long or not, I became a little too daredevil-ish when it comes to my naturally wavy locks. 

To be fair, I've never really gone to that point where I dyed it an extreme colour. However, I tend to cut it at home whenever I want to, dye it as often as I want, and there was even a point where it was freshly bleached and I still dyed it three to four times within the same week. Horrifying, I know! 

It's safe to say that I've learned my lesson when I saw how brittle it was getting. Now, I'm trying to be a bit more careful with it and haven't really dyed it in a while. In fact, I have tried a couple of repair masks to see if they can help salvage the damage. And so far, it's working. However, my issue is that most masks tend to tame my hair too much, to the point that my natural waves go limp and my hair turns stick straight. Where's the volume? The body? I was ready to sit out hair masks altogether before I was asked to try the Briogeo Don't Despair, Repair Deep Conditioning Hair Cap System

Briogeo Don't Despair, Repair Deep Conditioning Hair Cap System

Packaging, texture, smell

The Briogeo hair mask is pretty much straightforward when it comes to packaging. It comes in a packet with two sections, one carrying the hair cap and the other holding the conditioner. According to the label, the 2-in-1 hair repair system boasts to perform three things: visibly repair and strengthen hair, enhance softness and silkiness, and nourish the hair with natural oils, vitamins, and antioxidant complex. 

The Briogeo hair mask texture

From left to right: What my hair looked like prior to the treatment; creamy and thick texture of the Brigeo Don't Despair, Repair! Deep Conditioning Mask

Upon opening the step 1 packet, I was initially worried that the product won't be enough to cover my long hair. But the 0.6 fl.oz was more than enough in the end. The conditioning mask has a very thick and creamy texture that feels just like any other conditioner, but what I really liked about it is the smell. I can definitely smell traces of coconut and argan oil in there, as well as other mildly sweet fragrances that remind me of spas more than salons. 

Application and usage

As instructed, I gave my hair a quick wash of water and shampoo first before applying the conditioner. It was pretty much as simple as it can get. According to the packet, the mask contains a blend of coconut, avocado, sweet almond, argan oils, vitamin B and biotin, most of which are pretty common when it comes to hair treatment products. 

After making sure that I covered my locks from top to tips, I pulled the hair cap from the second packet and secured my hair. 

At first, I was really sceptical about it considering that I see the whole capping thing a gimmick. After all, I have tried a lot of products that use the same system, with the caps serving nothing more than just an accessory to amp up the price. However, what I noticed about Briogeo is that the cap was atypical in a way that it had a weird smell and texture upon removal from its package. At first, I wondered if it was just the material of the cap that caused the smell, but then I figured that maybe it contained treatment elements on its own. Alas, upon reading the packaging again, I learned that it does.

While using the mask

Apparently, the hair cap's inner lining is also infused with a unique argan oil microcapsulation technology that helps enhance the performance of the conditioning mask. It says here that the mask can be worn from 15 minutes up to an hour, depending on the level of conditioning preferred.

I decided to really push it to its limit to see if it would beat the ones I've tried before and retain my hair's volume despite its conditioning ability. I think it's also worth mentioning that the cap was really secure and I didn't have any problems with mobility while I had it on. 


Just as I expected, I didn't have any issues washing the product off with warm water. It wasn't tacky or slippery and just glided on seamlessly until I could feel that it was thoroughly off. Post-washing, I definitely felt how soft my hair has gotten but I was still a bit worried about the body and the volume once it dries. 

I let it air dry per usual and just followed I how usually let my hair sit after a typical bath. After a couple of hours (my hair is also naturally thick and takes a while to dry off), I was quite surprised that it retained its volume and waves. It was a first for me after using a myriad of hair masks in the past. It's worth noting that even the morning after, my hair still smelled amazing and that the softness was still very much present. My hair also looked healthier and shinier and I still can't get over how it didn't disappoint by making sure my hair's natural body was retained, if not enhanced. Days have passed and I still see its effects, so it's good to know that it's not just a 24-hour worker. 

Would I try this again? Absolutely. After all, it's easy to get a hold of because it is available in Sephora Singapore



Are you a beach babe? Or maybe just someone who loves your daily dose of Vitamin D? Well there, Little Miss Sunflower, we get that you live for the sunny weather, but make sure you're still taking extra care against harmful UV rays. Make sure you glow, sans the skin damage inside and out, by taking note of these sunny day picks from our beloved Clozette Community

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